5 Ways to Prepare Your Apartment for Out-of-Town Guests

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:50

Do you have friends coming to stay with you from out of town? Read this! We'll show you how to clean and prepare your apartment for out-of-town guests.

So you’re having a friend come in from out of town. That’s exciting news!

But how are you going to get your apartment ready for their stay?

It’s hard to know where to start. Even if you’re close with the visitor, it’s still a good idea to plan.

It’s up to you to be an excellent host or hostess (no pressure). And to do that, there are a few things you must do.

The most important thing you have to do is make sure your apartment is presentable and ready for their stay. Even if you’re in a studio or one-bedroom, there are plenty of ways to make your friend feel at home.

Check out five tips on preparing your apartment for out-of-town guests. Your friend will have the best time ever in your humble abode!

1.Clean the Most Important Areas

You might be pressed for time before your friend arrives. If that's the case, you may not have time to clean the entire apartment from top to bottom.

That’s okay. Just focus on the bathroom and whichever room your guest is sleeping in.

No one wants to shower and get ready in a restroom that you haven’t cleaned for a while. So take the time to clean the shower, toilet, and sink.

You should also put some shampoo, conditioner, and other bathroom essentials in there, in case your friend forgets to bring their own.

In regards to the guest’s bedroom, you should vacuum and do some dusting. If your apartment has hardwood floors, give it a quick mop.

Have you been meaning to replace those old curtains or the comforter on the bed? Now is the perfect time! The changes will freshen up the apartment and help your guest feel more comfortable.

Not everything has to be perfect. As long as you pick up a little bit, your guest will appreciate the effort.

2.Make Sure There Are Clean Sheets and Towels

When you visit a friend, isn’t it nice to have clean sheets and towels? Of course!

So as a host, you should make sure to have some ready for your visitors. It’s the least you can do.

Wash the sheets a few days before the company arrives, and get some clean towels ready for them, too.

You may be the type of person who prepares ahead of time, but don’t prepare so far in advance that the clean sheets are on the bed two weeks before their arrival.

Otherwise, the sheets won’t be as fresh and, heaven forbid, a bug might find its way into the bed. Yuck!

Also, use the best sheets you have. Your guest probably doesn’t expect a high thread count, but it’s still nice to provide soft sheets.

As for towels, put out the newer ones, not those holey ones you’ve had for years. Place a stack on the back of the toilet so your guest knows where to find them when they need them.

3.Have Snacks Available

Your closest friends probably feel comfortable grabbing whatever they want from the pantry. However, not everyone is okay with doing that.

That’s why you should assume that your out-of-town friend, at some point, is going to want to nibble on something. It’s common to get the munchies, especially a few hours before dinner,

Come on, most of us enjoy the occasional snack!

So before they arrive, put a basket of snacks out on the kitchen counter or in their bedroom. In the basket, you could put some fresh fruit, crackers, candy, and nuts.

When they show up, let them know that they are free to help themselves. Then if they have a snack attack, they can grab from the basket without having to bug you.

4.Air Out the House

Don’t assume your apartment smells great all the time.

You get accustomed to how your place smells. The problem, however, is that you may not smell something that could be unpleasant to an outsider.

Not to say your apartment stinks, but it’s typical for pet or garbage scents to linger!

Even if you work hard to keep things fresh, it’s still a good idea to air things out before your guests arrive.

Here are some ways to eliminate household odors::

  • Vacuum
  • Empty the garbage
  • Empty the recycling bin
  • Open the windows
  • Clean the cat’s litter box
  • Clean out the refrigerator

If you really want to make the place smell great, you can light a candle, diffuse some oils, or spray an air freshener.

But, keep in mind that your friend may have allergies, so keep the scents to a minimum.

5. Give Your Guest Some Privacy

If you’re in a one-bedroom apartment, your friend will either stay in your bedroom or in the living room.

Either way, privacy is going to be an issue.

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to create some extra privacy:

  • Get a folding screen to divide the space.
  • Give them a heads up on when you go to bed and get up in the morning so they can beat you to the bathroom if they want.
  • Put phone chargers and other necessities near your bed so that you don’t have to go looking for it in the middle of the night.

Since you’re both going to be in tight quarters, don’t expect 100% privacy. But these tips can give each of you a little bit of space.

In Summary

Getting ready for a visitor should be a pleasant experience. Your friend is coming to visit — get excited!

Plus, preparing your apartment for a guest gives you the chance to straighten things up.

I mean, let’s be honest, were you going to do a major cleaning otherwise? Probably not.

Knowing how to spiffy the place up and get ready for an out-of-town friend is an important skill to have. You’ll no doubt be a pro at straightening things up for future guests!

Bio :

Jenny Bullock graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and currently works with Broadstone Briar Forest to make life better for their residents every day.

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