Sometimes we need to open our home to guests. Sometimes this is with plenty of notice, and time for you to prepare, and sometimes this is at the last minute. If you receive a call that says that you are going to need to prepare for a last-minute guest, then where do you start?

All is not lost. We have put together some of the easiest ways that you can get your home ready for any guests, no matter how little time you have.

Have somewhere for them to sleep

Some homes are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom and a spare bed that their guests can use as their base. However, not everyone has this option. This doesn’t mean that you can’t welcome guests. In fact, all you need is an inflatable bed and a place that they can get some sleep and you are ready to go!

Make sure that the room is lit well

If you are staying in a house that you are not used to, then chances are that you will want to have a lighting option such as a lamp by the bed which can be turned on during the night. This is useful for them if they wake in the night and feel disorientated and is also great if they need to get up in the night to use the toilet.

Prepare the bedding and pillows

Should your guest be arriving last minute, then chances are that they are not going to have thought about bringing bedding with them. This means that you need to prepare bedding and lots of pillows for them to use. You never know how warm people like to be or how many pillows they like, so always over compensate as you don’t want them to feel awkward about having to ask for more.

Check if you have some spare toiletries

We have all felt the horror of arriving somewhere only to realise that we have forgotten something. If this comes in the form of toiletries then it can be easily rectified. Make sure that you have some spares in your home, as this can prove incredibly useful if your guest realises that they don’t have their toothpaste or shower gel to hand.

Don’t forget the towels

There is a good chance that you guest is going to want to have a shower or a bath whilst they are with you, so make sure that you have freshly washed and dried towels for them to use. Make them easily accessible for guests as this will cut down on their need to ask where everything is before they jump in the shower.

Having someone to stay at your house can be stressful to prepare for, but it can also be lovely too. Not only will you have some company, but you also know that you have done your best to make someone welcome and comfortable, which is a pretty great feeling to have!