Spring and summer months are key travel times and chances are you might have a few house guests some time in the next few weeks. Whether you're housing family or friends during a stay in town, there are great ways to prepare so that everybody's comfortable (including you!). Even if your guests are hotel bound, you may find that they'll be lounging about your place.
While it might seem like its a no-brainer to accommodate, it can get chaotic if you're not fully prepared. First, you want to make sure that you've got plenty of comfort items -- pillows, blankets, etc. If seating is an issue, hit a Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target and grab a few oversized throw pillows. They can work both as cushions for seating or lounging about. Throw blankets are also useful. If you need sleeping blankets, lightweight options are inexpensive and can be bought at any home store. Air mattresses can also be useful if needed.
Next, think through food. Even if you eat most meals out, you'll blast through staples like water, coffee, toilet paper, etc. somewhat quickly. Buy it in advance to avoid having to run to the store. Or, hit the market the day your guests arrive to ensure you're including any special requests. If they'll be staying a while and using your laundry, that's another area you might need to have extra products around.
If you'll be cooking meals, advance planning can also make a huge difference. Simple things that can be thrown on the grill or in the oven easily are key -- chicken, salmon or fish, steak, etc. Pasta can be quick and feed a large number (plus leftovers), as can eggs and salad. Last, if you're in the city and your guests will be renting a car, see about parking passes if you're in a restricted area, or see if a local restaurant or parking lot will let your guest rent space while they're visiting.
Even with the best of friends, it can become difficult to juggle regular life with company in town, you might feel you need a break, etc. -- don't be afraid to carve out a little space for yourself, either to tackle work, errands, etc. Your guests will likely not mind, but in case you can do while they're taking showers, getting ready, etc.
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