you may have house guests for a short time or a long time, especially if you live in a sunny and warm place, so here are some things that will make it easier and more fun for everyone…
smells good- with the windows closed and the heat on your place might smell a little stale, try putting 3 or 4 tablespoons of cinnamon or nutmeg in a tin pie pan and heat it on low heat on top of the stove until the spice is gone or try putting a few whole cloves on a piece of orange peel in a tin pie pan and heat it until the peel is burned up and ashy
keeping it warm- open the curtains and shades while the sun is shining, but close them if it gets windy and cold, so you won’t lose heat through little spaces in the windows and make sure that nothing is on top of or blocking heat vents and registers
germ-free and clean- use a wash cloth and rubbing alcohol or vodka to clean bathroom and kitchen sinks and faucets and mirrors and try unclogging drains with a mixture of equal parts of vinegar, baking soda and salt, pour it down the drain and wait for 15 minutes and flush with very hot water
first-aid and extras- keep 2 or 3 new toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste around, extra toilet paper, extra pillows, blankets, towels and a first-aid kit for emergencies including: antibiotic ointment, bandages, rubbing alcohol, elastic bandages, ice pack and heat pack, sunblock, tweezers, aspirin, Imodium, Benedryl, cotton balls,gauze, hydrogen peroxide and a roll of adhesive tape
small medical emergencies- cuts- put firm pressure on a bleeding cut when the bleeding stops apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage; burns- immerse in cold water, don’t use butter on a burn, when the pain stops apply burn ointment or a thin paste of baking soda and water or honey then cover loosely with bandage; fainting- if someone faints or feels faint, have them lie down for at least 10 minutes preferably with their head lower than their body
small messes- candle wax can be removed by scraping it off with a dull knife, then place pieces of brown paper grocery bags on top of the left-over wax and put a warm iron on the brown paper until the wax is absorbed into the paper; gum stuck on clothes will come off easily if you put the clothes in a plastic bag and freeze it, the frozen gum should pop off or scrape it will a dull knife or try rub the gum with an ice cube or soak it in white vinegar until the gum dissolves then after the gum is off wash the clothes in warm water
go that way- print out some maps ahead of time to help your guests get to beaches, museums, art galleries, shopping, zoos and local hot spots, because you’re not a tour guide!
help your self- stock up on lots of things to drink and snacks including salsa, guacamole, and sour cream dips and lots of different kinds of crackers, also collect take-out menus and put them in a folder, because you’re not running a restaurant!
entertainment- have some magazines, good books, movies, games, schedules for sporting events, concerts, clubs and places to go and things to see around, because you’re not an entertainment committee!
enjoy- if your guests are on vacation but you’re not remember busy guests are happy guests and make sure that you’re having fun, too…even if you worked all day you can have a dinner picnic outside in the yard, toast s’mores and hot chocolate outside with a fire, check out the best holiday lights after dark, have a low stakes all night poker game and a 007 marathon is always good