How To Host Overnight Guests in a Small Space

How To Host Overnight Guests in a Small Space
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    We love it when our family and friends come to visit, but living in a small space can make hosting feel impossible.


However, if you prepare, you can make your small apartment work for everyone. Keep reading to learn how to host overnight guests in a small space so that everyone can enjoy the next visit.

Clear the Clutter in Every Room

Your overnight guest needs somewhere to put their stuff and needs to be able to easily find any essentials you provide, such as linens. If your space is cluttered, they may struggle to know where they can charge their phone or which towels are for them. Clean your space thoroughly before your guests arrive so that the space is functional. If you have the time, label where you place things to ensure even your guests can put items away after taking them out.

Stock the Kitchen and Bathroom

Understanding food and bathroom etiquette can be difficult in a new place. Make your overnight guests’ stay easier by providing a fully stocked kitchen and bathroom. If you know what your guest likes to eat and drink, then spend a little extra to add those items to your kitchen. Remember to ask about allergies as well so that you can remove dangerous items.

Stock your bathroom with plenty of linens and extra toiletries. While some people may travel with their favorite shampoo or extra menstrual products, many people don’t. As the host, you should provide as much as possible to ensure your guest doesn’t need to worry about these items.

Invest in a Sleeper Sofa

The biggest question many people have is where guests should sleep. A sofa style that will look great in your home and answer this big question is a sleeper sofa. You can easily unfold or pull out this sleeper sofa for guests to comfortably sleep, then tuck it away to create a nice hang-out spot during the day. If you can’t make this investment or need even more sleeping options, consider investing in a high-quality air mattress. No matter what your guest is sleeping on, remember to give them all the linens they could need to feel comfy.

Talk About Your Schedules

With someone sleeping in your living room, you may feel trapped in your bedroom—especially if you’re on different schedules. Before anyone bunks down for the night, discuss your schedules. If you need to be up early making breakfast or work at a desk in your living room, then maybe you should take the sleeper sofa and offer your guest the bedroom. If your guest wants to slip out early for a morning job or stay out late visiting other friends nearby, then maybe they can take the sleeper sofa. Determine what’s best for your schedules.

Hosting overnight guests in a small space can feel daunting, but it’s easy as long as you prepare and communicate. If you have a bigger space that you share with roommates, bring them into the preparations and communicate your plans so that everyone can share the space fairly.

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