Unexpected guests shouldn’t make you panic. Read our tips on planning for unplanned guests to learn how you can get ahead!
You’re always told to expect the unexpected when it comes to big events, like weddings or housewarming parties. They do allow for a lot of random people to come out of the woodwork. But have you ever been in the situation where you’re at home on the couch when, all of a sudden, your doorbell rings only to reveal a friend or relative you can’t shake? We have, and trust us, it brings a whole new meaning to the word stressful.
Since we’ve been through this exact situation, we want to share our favorite tips and tricks on planning for unplanned guests. They’re pretty simple, but they will go a long way the next time someone comes over unannounced. Keep reading to learn more!
Tidy Your Home Regularly
We know it’s a pain, but one of the best ways to counteract the surprise of an unexpected guest is to have a clean home if they do drop by. There’s nothing worse than having someone come over and having to either shove messes into closets or under the rug or feel embarrassed about the state of your home. If picking up after yourself isn’t already a habit, start small. Instead of leaving your shoes by the door, start taking them up to your room. Or, make sure your dishes are out of the sink, washed, and put away before bed. These simple tasks will eventually become second nature.
Have an Easy Food and Beverage Ready to Serve
When someone comes over, one of the first things you’ll likely ask them is if they want something to eat or drink. No matter what they say, it’s always a good idea to have a snack or drink ready to pour or pop into the oven. We recommend preparing something simple you can either make ahead or whip up quickly, like these lemon bars or refreshing lavender lemonade. Worst case, no one comes over, and you get to enjoy the treats all to yourself!
Keep Your Guest Bedroom Clean and Tidy
We hope this doesn’t happen to you, but just in case your unexpected guest needs to spend the night, be sure to have your guest space ready for them. So, if your guest room is more of an extra storage space, we challenge you to keep the clutter out of that room. Or if your “guest room” is more of a pull-out-couch-in-the-living-room moment, make sure anything blocking its way can easily be moved.
If All Else Fails, Get Dressed and Take Them Out
Look, we get it. You can’t expect to have a clean house at all times. In the event that someone does come to your home unannounced and you’re not prepared to host them there, you’ll need to have a backup plan. An easy alternative is to take them out on the town. That way, they can explore new places or visit familiar ones, but out of your house.
Planning for unplanned guests is easy, you just have to shift your way of thinking about your home and how to receive people. We hope that when you do have unexpected guests, you’ll be prepared to receive them graciously.