Be My Guest

The holidays are upon us. A time to relax, unwind and catch your breath. An opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been and to mentally prepare for the challenges to come. *Ding Dong* “Who’s there?” Oh, you forgot; your sister-in-law, her dopey husband and their 2 lactose intolerant kids are here for the holidays. Your much-needed end of year break just turned into the nightmare before Christmas.

Houseguests are almost always an inconvenience. There’s just never a good time. No matter how much you may get along, there’s a reason we don’t all move into a commune with our friends and family.

Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Below are five helpful tips to get you through.

Prepare A Room They’ll Want To Live In

Give them the nicest room in the house. Hell, give them your room if you have to. Create a place they’ll want to retreat to – that’ll leave the rest of the house free for you. Also, it’s most likely that they’ll be feeling exactly like you on some level. Create escape hatches for everyone and everyone wins.

Be Knowledgeable About Your City & Surrounds

Being able to casually recommend fun activities that’ll get people out of the house will help you no end. Remember, every suggestion should be paired with a good reason why you can’t go along.

Break Your Day In Two

Break your day into distinct halves. You’ll refer to them as the morning and the afternoon, but what they should be called is ‘time for me’ and ‘time for us’. You can alternate, but making sure at least half of the day is spent having the break you want will make it easier for you to enthusiastically engage with your guests the other 50% of the time.

Ask For Help

One of the most annoying things about houseguests is having to clean up after them. Truth is most guests don’t help out because most hosts don’t let them. If help is offered, accept it. It’s a simple thing that can make the world of difference. And, if they don’t like helping, the upshot is they’re unlikely to visit again.

Suck It Up

Chances are, if you’ve said ‘yes’ to them staying, they probably mean a lot to someone who means a lot to you. So, grinning and bearing it will bare fruits at a later stage – albeit indirectly. And, remember; nobody likes a Grinch.