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Prepare for holiday guests

– and so are the overnight guests.

Hosting may not be your favorite thing to do, and no matter how much you may dread doing spring cleaning in the winter to prepare for overnighters, you want your visitors to feel welcome and comfortable in your home.

Creating space for guests involves more than providing a comfortable place to sleep. It’s an opportunity to make people feel welcome and ensure that their time spent with you is memorable, says Tina Mather Bothe, owner of the Little Purple House Bed and Breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Some tips:

Prepare the spare bedroom. Do more than just change the sheets. Bothe suggests using your best linens.

Clean out the closet. Just because they’re traveling doesn’t mean your guest should have to live out of a suitcase. Clear out some space in the closet or a few drawers in the dresser.

Childproof the place. If guests are bringing along the little ones, consider putting away valuables that can be lost or easily broken. Ask parents to bring child-proofing items.

Have extra bathroom essentials on hand. There’s always that one person who forgets to pack a toothbrush. Stock the bathroom with new toothbrushes and toothpaste. And clean towels are a must.

What’s for dinner? Consider your guests’ food preferences. Also, show your company where to find snacks and clean dishes and encourage them to help themselves.

Plan activities of interest. Find out your visitors’ plans before they arrive. Check to see if there is anything in particular they’d like to do.

Keep in mind events and activities, such as shows, concerts and sporting events, that will take place during your guests’ visit.

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