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By Joanne from Fond du Lac, WI
Have family coming to stay overnight that you haven't seen for a while? Gather a few photos that have them in them or important ones you think they would be interested in and either make a collage from them or copy them and put them in an inexpensive photo album. Put them on the dresser or bed in their bedroom beside clean towels and washcloths. A great way to say welcome!
If you have fresh flowers to pick, put two or three in a simple vase with a simple note and set it on the nightstand; a sure way to make guests feel welcome.
The same goes when you are the guest, I carry thank you notes in my suitcase; all I have to do is fill it out and leave it on the dresser when I leave. I make bookmarks from all kinds of things and usually that is left with the note.
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
When our children and grands are visiting, we give up our bedroom for them and we sleep on a comfortable queen-size air mattress somewhere else. I got so tired of going back and forth to my room to get clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc., when others are using our room. I tried different ways to get around this and finally came up with a great idea.
I pack myself a suitcase of everything I need while they are here - all the clothes, jewelry, and shoes. I just roll the suitcase somewhere out of the way where I have access to it. Everything I need is right there. When I need go to shower or get dressed, I just roll the suitcase with me. I don't have to tip toe back to my room now to get things. I love being my own houseguest!
My tip is something my Mom did when she had company staying over. Before she went to bed each evening, she would set the table and prepare everything possible. Then the cereals and jams were set on the table. Ground coffee and water can also be put in the coffee maker so that it only needs to be turned on. It makes morning so much easier.
Give your dinner guests the option of wooden or plastic toothpicks after a wonderful dinner.
Overnight visits from company of any age find it helpful to have a series of night lights available from their bedroom to the bathroom, and even more night lights within those areas. Plug them in and tell your company that they are free to use them if they so choose. Parents of very young children as well as elderly visitors are especially appreciative of this extra "welcome to our home" touch. When your company has departed, collect all the night lights and house together in a plastic zip lock bag ready for the next visit.
As a courtesy to guests who may need to make use of your bathroom facilities, store extra toilet paper, deodorizing spray, a toilet plunger, a roll of paper towels and bowl brush in an easily accessible place.
I save all those little hotel samples of shampoos, conditioners and lotions and place them in an adorable little basket for my guests to use.
Fold the end of the toilet paper sheet on the roll holder in the bathroom into a V-point, just like the housekeeping staff does in better hotels.