Yesterday I talked about being a good host. Today I am going to flip the other way and talk about how to be a good guest!
Here we go:
+ Be mindful. Ask the host if they need any last minute items, or if you can bring anything they might not have. Don’t leave your stuff scattered everywhere in their home, especially in common areas like the family room where your things are in the way (i.e. leaving a purse on a chair when other people need to sit).
+ Be helpful. Empty the dishwasher. Wash the pots and pans during cooking. Wipe down the counters and shower if you use it. Set and clear the table. Buy breakfast. Collect all the linens you’ve used for the host to launder. Or make the bed. Check with host on his/her preferences. Sweep the floor after a meal. Offer to do things. Your host might say no, but usually I know I appreciate an extra hand in the chores.
+ Be thankful. Compliment the host. Bring a bottle of wine, or a small gift when you visit. Thank them for opening your home to you. A little thank you goes a long way.
+ Be on the same page. What I mean is that you should make sure that you are in agreement with plans, have the same expectations of how things will go. Have a loosely defined “schedule” so you can agree on mealtimes and other activities you might do together.
+ Be flexible. Remember this is a temporary situation! Everyone does things their own way. For example, maybe you never take off the shoes in your home, but your host does. Bring a pair of inside shoes or slippers and go with the flow.
What do you think makes a good overnight guest?