How to Be a Good Host to Overnight Guests

 

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When you’re a kid, sleepovers are a big deal. It’s the ultimate fun night with friends, and I’m sure we’ve all had many sleepover parties filled with food, fort building, and movie marathons.  Ahhh the good ol’ days…

As an adult, sleepovers are a lot less common. Unless, you consider your relatives staying over the holidays as a nice week-long sleepover. Yeah…we didn’t think so. But we think “grown-up sleepovers” are a definite “do”, because why should the sleepover fun stop just because we’re adults?! Hosting overnight guests shouldn’t be a bore, and most importantly it shouldn’t be tons of work to get ready for your guests. If you prepare now, you’ll be ready when your Aunt pops into town for a surprise visit. So here’s how to be a good host to overnight guests to make your family and friends feel welcome in your home.

The Basics

It’s more than just providing a comfortable bed, if you really want to make your guests feel at ease, then you should stock up on these basic supplies…

  • Clean Towels: Leave a couple on the bed so they don’t need to ask for a clean one.
  • Extra pillows and blankets: Don’t force your guests to tip-toe around at night if they get chilly…have some all ready for them in your guest room.
  • Bedside Table with Lamp: This allows your guests to do some late night or early morning reading without bothering you.
  • Alarm Clock: Some people may use their cell phone as an alarm, but there’s just something about a good ol’ fashioned alarm clock that adds to the charm of a guest room.jutejarIMG_10571

Next Level Hosting

You’ve got the basics down, but now you really want to wow your guests.

  • Accessible Outlet: There’s nothing worse than staying overnight somewhere only to find that you have absolutely no spot to charge your phone. I’ve definitely moved furniture, unplugged cords, and crawled under beds to try to find an empty outlet. Have an empty one easily accessible for your guests.
  • Water: Extra water bottles or even a carafe of water with glasses is a nice touch.
  • Tissues: Keep them on a bedside table, or tucked inside the top drawer.
  • Luggage rack/Extra Hangers/Coat Hooks: No one enjoys living out of a suitcase. Give your guests the option to unpack and keep their clothing wrinkle-free. If you’re tight on space, over the door hooks work well and will keep bags, wet towels, and clothes off the floor.Nightstand-Styling

Practically a Hotel

Wow, maybe you should just go ahead and open a Bed & Breakfast! You’re definitely the “Hostess with the Mostess”.

  • Extra phone charger: Anticipate your guest’s needs and have a spare one all ready to go.
  • Eye mask and ear plugs: Your guests may never leave…
  • Reading material: A stack of your favorite novels, old magazines, a book about your city…all great options to beat boredom during their stay.
  • Pen and paper: So they can leave you a note if you’re out and about.
  • Mirror: Don’t force your visitors to cram into the bathroom to get ready. If you have the space, a mirror will be a great option for them to beautify during their stay.
  • Extra everything: Next time you’re at a hotel, grab those mini bottles of shampoo, soap, and conditioner. It’s great to have little toiletries on hand, so your guests truly have everything they need.

There you have it, a big list of supplies you can have on hand to make your guests feel like your place is their “Home Away from Home.”

What do you do to prepare for overnight guests? Are we missing anything on our list?

 

 

10 Tips for Crosstown Moves

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Crosstown moves seem like they should be the easiest kind of moving adventure. There’s no need to get used to a brand new city, you don’t have to drive a truck hundreds of miles, and heck you can always run over to your old place if you forget something.

But like any move, crosstown moves are not easy at all. In fact, they’re often some of the toughest moves simply because people do not plan ahead. Many people figure they can cram their move into a Saturday afternoon and be done in time for dinner. Hate to break it to ya, but that’s typically not the case.

So we’re here to help. We want to give you some tips so you can survive and thrive during your crosstown move. No matter your reason for packing everything up and regrouping in a new part of town, we want to offer up a few words of advice for our fellow movers. Continue reading

 

The Heat Is On – Ideas for Movers to Stay Hydrated

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We as movers are no strangers to sweat. Gatorade, then, can seem as integral to the job as a hand truck. Especially now, with the mercury erupting, we have to know how to keep our energy up and our internal cooling systems running – right through to the end of the day.

But when the morning begins to heat up… under the scorching midday sun… in the eleventh moving hour – is Gatorade the best way to go? We want to be at our healthy, hydrated best throughout the day. So this month we do a little digging into the methods and myths of healthy replenishment (including that evening-time after-work beer).

So without further procrastination we offer this wellspring of information as a source of inspiration for combating our daily perspiration. (Sorry, we just had to say it!)

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How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent for You

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Choosing a real estate agent is similar to choosing a spouse. For both you want….

  • Someone who understands your needs.
  • Someone who you enjoy being around.
  • Someone who will help you make important decisions.

See…it may sound crazy but choosing the right real estate agent really is a bit like playing the dating game! Buying or selling a home just might be the largest purchase you make, so it’s important to work with an agent you trust in order to navigate this financial decision in a way that works for you.

If you’re a terrible dater, don’t worry. We’re here with the scoop to help you find and choose the right real estate agent for you. Since we’re neither pros at dating or real estate, we decided to enlist the help of an actual professional. Paige Scheetz is a Real Estate Executive who has immersed herself in the biz for the past 14 years. Today she is sharing all of her juicy secrets so you can find your perfect match in the world of real estate.

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How a Fanny Pack Changed My Moving Day

I was recently a part of my little sister’s move from a high-rise in the city of Chicago to a quaint house in the suburbs.  She assigned me some pretty hefty responsibilities throughout the day, as she ran around helping guide her team to make sure things went smoothly. While she manned the elevator, I was in charge of the “Command Center” inside. This is when a Fanny Pack changed this move for me.

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