Easter weekend, graduations, weddings, and Spring Break are all times when friends and family come to visit. When you are hosting family, how do you make them feel at home when they are away from their primary residence? Practice what hotel staff calls radical hospitality. It goes beyond just a place to lay their heads for a few nights.
Start with these radical helpful hospitality hints to make visitors feel right at home!
Clean, clean, clean: Clean the bathroom, guest room or area where they will be sleeping. Provide plenty of clean towels, sheets, and even common cleaning products for their use.
House secrets: If you know them well enough and can trust them with this information, give your guests a spare set of keys, the alarm combination, and your WIFI password. That way they don’t have to ask if they like to go out for an early morning run, cannot sleep and want to stream a favorite sitcom or need a breath of fresh air without disturbing you.
Packets of information: Leave your guests a packet of information about local attractions, restaurants, shopping, special events, and history. You can pick up packets at local tourist bureaus, chamber of commerce offices, and even churches. Your guests may not want to be dependent on you for information so make it easy for them to explore the area you call home.
Snack Attack: Leave a selection of beverages, fruit, crackers, water, cheeses, and juice that can be eaten without preparation at their fingertips. Even better, make a quick trip with them to the local store after a brief menu planning for the days they will be in town. That way, they can select things they truly enjoy and let you know of any allergies or dietary constrictions they have to observe.
It’s in the details: Fresh flowers on the bedside table, a pair of slippers or flip flops they can wear and bring home with them, a few extra pillows and blankets, and their favorite DVDs at the ready are all special touches that will make a guest feel extra special.
See if you have what you need: Go through your routine as if you are the guest at your house. Anything you can anticipate needing if you were visiting someone, provide it for them. A toiletry kit with toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, razors, lotion, tissues, air freshener, and even a small candle is a fabulous touch. Even bottles of water or a pitcher and glass is welcome at the bedside so they don’t have to venture into dark rooms in a strange place.
Consider the kids: If your guests have children, make certain you have kid-friendly entertainment for them. Games, coloring books, small toys, and healthy snacks easily win the parents hearts because you were thoughtful enough to include special things for the kids. Be really radical and take the kids to the park or zoo and give parents some relaxing time after traveling to join you.
Regardless of the reason you welcome guests, if you practice radical hospitality, everyone will have a great experience. Lafayette Garden Apartments is in the business of radical hospitality, offering both short and long term corporate leases in Lafayette, La. Amenities offered are many and include two 24-hour fitness centers, alarm systems, and fully supplied and furnished units. Take a tour today!
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The Minimalist Movement is alive and well. Minimalism is when you pare down, unclutter, and live with a style where less is more. Minimalism in home décor is when you use a few pieces where function is as important as form or maximum use from well-chosen pieces.
Did you pare down to only find things build back up? After your deep Spring Cleaning, where you purge to get rid of clutter and redundant things, how do you plan to keep your Minimalist Movement alive?
Here are some tips to maintain minimal amounts of things that commonly pile up in your home:
Sort your mail by a recycle bin or trash container
Despite the popularity of electronic mail and advertising, print companies still produce mail outs by the millions each month. All those pieces of paper, when thrown down on the entry way table, the dining table, or on your desk turn into clutter quickly. Go through your mail every day and throw away or recycle anything you do not have to keep. Several people recycle used envelopes by keeping them at hand as scrap paper to make quick lists or notes on allowing them to be repurposed quickly.
Wash the dishes immediately
We eat every day and whether it is take-out containers, coffee cups, wine glasses, or the dinner dishes and pots that build up, we all clutter the kitchen quickly. Wash those dishes immediately. Easier said than done? Not necessarily. While preparing a meal or prepping for the week, make sure you have a sink of sudsy, hot water at the ready. Place the dishes used in the sink and then load the dishwasher before you sit down to eat. Or, if you wash dishes by hand, let them soak while you eat and clean up will be a breeze. Dry the dishes and put them away if you wash by hand. The feeling of accomplishment is doubled by you doing something and seeing a clutter-free counter as a reward for your hard work.
Every night put it back to right
Before you go to bed, walk through your apartment or house, and put things up where they belong. Earrings go in the jewelry box, not on the dresser. Towels hang up or go in the hamper, not on the bathroom floor. Books go back on the shelf, not on the arm of the sofa. You get the idea. Put things where they belong every day so things don’t build up and become overwhelming.
Bring something home and give something away
If you value something enough to let it take space in your life, honor it by recycling what it takes the place of or by discarding something that has worn out. In example: You needed a new black t-shirt because your old one was a little too large or had a small spot on it. When the new shirt is placed in your closet, give the old one that you cannot wear to a thrift shop. If you replaced because the other one had a spot on it. Throw the old stained shirt away so you aren’t tempted to wear it when your new one is dirty.
Once a week, deep clean a small space
Spend 30 minutes, one day a week, to clean a small space where clutter can quickly build up. Three suggestions: the junk drawer in the kitchen, the back of the closet, or the plastic storage bin in the garage. You get the idea. Pick one spot, spend a small amount of time on it, and maintain the minimalist look in your living space.
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