This weekend, my college roommate is coming in town for a visit! I have been looking forward to this weekend for months…but as the time approached, I realized that there are quite a few things to do before an out-of-town guest arrives in order to make them feel comfortable in your apartment, especially when they are planning to spend the night.
Fortunately, none of them take too much time, and if you have advance notice, you can start these earlier to save you time. Enjoy your guest!
6. Make sure the visit is OK with your roommate
If you have a roommate, make sure you let them know well in advance that you will be hosting an overnight visitor. Nothing makes your great plans sour faster than a grumpy roommate who had been planning to study for finals or had to complete a project for work that same weekend.
5. Wash sheets & towels
Nothing is less welcoming than coming into a friends’ home and having to sleep on dirty sheets, or taking a shower and realizing there aren’t any clean towels. Avoid this awkward, unsanitary situation in advance by doing a simple load of laundry.
4. Finish any leftover projects
If you have a few improvement projects going on in your apartment, try to get them done before your friend comes to visit. You want your place to feel like home! Plus, a guest may just be the push you to finish those projects you’ve mean meaning to. Hang curtains and decorate how you want it.
3. Plan activities & sightseeing
If your friend is coming in from out of town, plan some fun things to show them your city! This can be your chance to do all the touristy things you wouldn’t do alone, and give your friend’s visit more structure.
2. Stock the fridge
While you definitely don’t need to go overboard, if you know your guest can’t survive without morning coffee, or eats an apple every morning for breakfast, try to be thoughtful and pick up a few things for them at the grocery store.
1. Clean up!
Make sure your place is sparkling clean when your friend arrives — you want your place to look great, especially if it’s their first time seeing it. Odds are, they won’t care either way, but you should take pride in your space and show it in its best form.