If you are a young first time homeowner, you will soon want to have guests come to visit your new home. When we invite someone into our living spaces, we often tell them to make themselves ‘at home.’ But as a host, there are steps you can take to make that process easier on your guests.
There are several methods for encouraging a “homey” environment. Read on to learn our top tips for creating a comfortable and homey environment when entertaining guests in your home.
Many children, teenagers, and young adults claim that they cannot or are unwilling to cook. Cooking is a complicated process for some people, but learning how to do it can be beneficial for many reasons. It can encourage creativity while in the kitchen. It can help a person learn how to manage time correctly, and it can help a person understand directions from a given recipe.
Cooking for guests is a lovely way to help them settle in and feel comfortable. Since you want to impress them in the best ways possible, you might also consider cooking up something that seems fancy but doesn’t take much time.
For instance, learning how to panfry a steak is a great way to impress dinner guests. You can also learn how to do other things in the kitchen, such as cook potatoes, rice, or pasta.
Cooking is a great thing to make guests not just at ease but welcomed and special. It encourages a homey environment impressing important guests.
A clean home is one of the most vital aspects of a ‘homey’ environment. A clean home is a sign you care.
Cleanliness is especially critical for making someone feel comfortable. A guest will rarely intervene and clean your home for you, so you don’t want to make them feel that is necessary.
The bathroom is the most important room to clean before you invite guests. Make sure to bleach every square inch of the bathroom. Pay attention to the shower, toilet, sink, and floors.
Other areas of the house to clean include the bedrooms and kitchen. You can also achieve a clean-smelling house with clean laundry, fresh sheets, and a spotless kitchen.
If you don’t have time to thoroughly clean all the rooms, spray fabric refresher or air freshener. If you do this, your guests will believe you had cleaned each room before they arrived.
This point is a no-brainer: You should declutter your home before your guests arrive. Make sure to clean up any areas with toys, knickknacks, or other items scattered on the floor or furniture. Try to have a system in place that you can use to reorganize items and determine if they are for keeping or donating.
If you need to declutter your bathroom, make sure that you take the following steps:
- Take inventory of your bathroom and determine what you need to keep and what you need to toss (medications, beauty products, etc.).
- Throw out unnecessary products (expired beauty products, medicines, creams, etc.)
- Create spots for storage, such as extra bins, cabinets, and drawers.
Even if you don’t do a deep-clean, decluttering will give the appearance of a thoroughly cleaned room. Your guests will believe that you keep your home clean and tidy, even if it isn’t perfect or clean 100% of the time.
You might think that when you’re hosting guests, you need to have a perfect home that is tidy and cleaned to the T. You might even think you need to cook a gourmet meal for them. You do not need to do any of these things. You can host guests in a somewhat untidy home that is only semi-cleaned if you follow the guide’s directions.
Don’t worry: Your guests won’t notice that your home isn’t perfect or that you don’t necessarily know how to cook a gourmet meal. They’ll be thrilled that you are trying for them!
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Trenton J. Smith
Trenton is an aspiring writer who loves to research and write about a wide variety of topics. When he is not writing, he enjoys gardening and long walks with his dog Boomer.