Sure, you told them to jiggle the handle of the downstairs toilet and that the TV needs to be on channel three, but trust us, too much info all at once means they retained very little. Say something like, “This afternoon is free time but we’ll see you at home for dinner at 7,” so everyone knows the plan and can organize their time accordingly. If you’re starting to think (or stress) about how to prepare for a full house this holiday then we can help! See? 2. 4. Give your guests a schedule, but don’t smother them — It’s great to spend time together (that’s why they’re there) but remember that downtime is important, too. Be crystal clear — Don’t make your guests guess what’s okay to use or do in your house. Especially important when hosting a crowd, getting everyone on the same page will prevent problems all visit long. ‘Tis the season…to have houseguests. Write it all down to save them frustration and prevent any house disasters to boot. 1. Properly prep the room — Clean sheets are a must, of course, but also think about things like hangers, a glass for water and a phone charger. Are there rooms that are off limits? Write everything down — If you’re leaving your guests or a house sitter alone in your home then they’re going to need something to refer to. Consider these 5 things to keep their stay carefree and your sanity unscathed. If your guests are sleeping in a multi-purpose room like an office, try to clear the surfaces and put away personal items so they don’t feel like they’re snooping into your affairs simply by staying. Set out a few extras of the essential things they might need and avoid awkward rummaging around in the linen closet in the middle of the night. Stockpile essentials — No guest wants to have to ask their host for extra toilet paper or toothpaste. Is all food and drink up for grabs?