How To Always Be Ready For Unexpected Guests
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This time of year can be crazy. You are prepping for the holidays, making cookies, wrapping gifts … and then the unexpected happens. The doorbell rings. You answer it and see a friend who happened to be in the area and wanted to stop in and say hello.
Of course you invite them in because that friend would invite you in. But maybe, just for a second, you panic because what in the world do you serve a friend who just walked in. No worries. I’ve got you covered.
How To Always Be Ready For Unexpected Guests
1. Always have toilet paper.
We have three bathrooms for two people in this house and that means a lot of toilet paper. Our main guest bathroom is on the bottom floor, right next to the garage. It always have two rolls: one on the holder itself and a second in a clear box in the corner, across from the toilet.
We have so many guests come and watch football in our garage, even when we’re not expecting them, and they tend to stay all day. They’ll probably need the bathroom at least once, and I don’t want that one time to be embarrassing for anyone because there’s no toilet paper. So I keep two rolls in there, then the rest of a pack in a closet across from that bathroom.
Every time our guests leave, I make sure to pop my head in that bathroom and see if the extra roll is still in the clear box or not. If it is, great. If not, I refill it.
2. Pick up after yourself.
So, here’s an embarrassing story from my past. I was working a gazillion hours the week before my friend was coming to visit me when I lived in Pennsylvania. The night before the visit, my goal was to clean my entire apartment, including some dishes I left in the sink because I just didn’t have time. The night before arrives and before I could even clean one thing: the doorbell rang. Her was my friend … and also here was a sink full of dirty dishes and piles of mess that needed to be picked up.
Joke’s on me.
Ever since, I’ve been really careful to make sure all my common areas are tidy at all times. Anywhere a guest might be — the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom — they’re all perfect. Sometimes I have laundry that needs to be washed, but no one just drops by and then asks to do some wash.
3. Stock your fridge.
We love to feed people. Any time anyone is over, it’s so important to us to be able to feed (or at least offer to feed) our guests. That means our pantry and fridge need to be stocked with foods that are easy to serve in a pinch, like HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays. Those are amazing for company.
We actually picked up a HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays to have as a snack when we had family visiting for Thanksgiving. We play cards and other games every night, so I bought one to have for then. It’s the perfect party tray. The one I purchased was the Hard Salami & Pepperoni Party Tray. It came with HORMEL pepperoni and HORMEL hard salami, plus Colby Jack cheese, Mild Cheddar cheese, and round crispy crackers.
What I actually love so much about these is everything is already cut. You don’t have to buy and cut a block of cheese and a log of meat. It’s already been done for you. So you just open the fridge, open the package, and serve. When you aren’t expecting guests, you don’t have time to prepare for them. So having something that is already prepared in your fridge at all times is perfect. Plus, if I was actually preparing for guests, I would be putting out cheese, meat, and crackers anyway, so this takes all the work out of it for me. Who doesn’t love that?
4. Keep your sheets washed.
Every time we have guests, I immediately wash and change the bedding. It’s a really good habit because then I always know the sheets are clean for the next guests. It’s better than trying to remember if I did or didn’t wash them last time.
I do the same thing with towels, too. If we have overnight guests, I make sure to collect all the towels from the bathroom (bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths) and wash them right away. That way, they’re always clean for the next set of guests.
Now, if you have guests who just randomly stop by because they’re in the neighborhood, you wouldn’t expect them to need your guest bedroom or bathroom. But it happens. Trust me.
5. Know where your extras are.
Whenever I stop by my parents’ house, my phone is always dying. I play a lot of games on it, and I have a slight Snapchat obsession, so my phone dies often. Even now, I’m typing this on the iPad, slightly flipping out because my phone is on 15%. So when I get to their house, I’m always on the hunt for a charger.
The funny thing is, when my aunt and uncle were staying here last week, they forgot a phone charger. I had an extra and knew exactly where it was, so I was able to get it to them right away.
What do you do so you are always ready for unexpected guests?