One of the best ways to prepare our homes for guests in to walk through our home with a very critical eye, or even ask a friend to help us (if we are brave enough!) Often we can overlook things when we are used to them and no longer even “see” them.
Use this checklist to think through how to lovingly prepare your home so that your guests will feel comfortable and welcomed.
Outside my Home
Have I made it clear where people should park or what public transport they should use to reach my home?
Is the number outside my home clear enough for guests to read?
Is the entrance clearly marked and safe or could my guests trip over a child’s bicycle/garden rake, etc.?
Have I replaced dead seasonal flowers? Removed the fall pumpkins or Christmas lights when it is way past the season?
Does the light bulb/door mat at the entrance need to be replaced?
Could I add a welcoming touch such as a wreath on my door? This is optional, but it is worth considering how to add a touch of beauty that reflects who we are as a family.
Inside my home:
Have I put in the effort to get my home organized enough that I don’t panic when unexpected guests arrive? (You know the stories about pushing items under the bed and hiding dirty dishes in the oven!)
Am I able to make a space where a friend can sit and have tea without taking an hour to clear away all the toys/laundry? (Reducing clutter/excess items and simplifying can create margin for hospitality. It is fine for your house to look “lived in” but encourage children to clean up toys and games as they go.
Is the toilet clean? Do I have extra toilet paper in an easily accessible place (to adults that is!)
Is there a key in the bathroom door? (In South Africa, people know to knock on the bathroom door before entering, but in some cultures they would just try the door. This can lead to embarrassment.
Do I have tea, coffee and some cookies on hand so that I can offer them to guests?
Check out 10 Simple Tips to Make Staying Guests Feel Welcome for more ideas.