How to be a good guest

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - RoNeisha Mullen, Toledo Blade

WEL­COME to the hol­i­days and a con­stant flurry of en­ter­tain­ing and so­cial­is­ing.

Friends and fam­ily will be stop­ping by for days, and in some cases, stay­ing over.

While it can be won­der­ful to catch up with long- lost cousins and a joy to play with your nieces and neph­ews, the hol­i­days can bring with them some un­wel­come stress and ex­haus­tion, es­pe­cially if one of your hol­i­day tasks is host­ing a house guest.

A good house guest can be pleas­ant and en­joy­able, while a bad one can cause ten­sion at an al­ready busy time of a year.

So, if some­one opens their home to you over the hol­i­day sea­son, try to re­turn the favour by spread­ing hol­i­day cheer. Here are a few tips on be­ing a good hol­i­day house guest:

1. Com­mu­ni­cate your ar­rival and de­par­ture dates in

ad­vance. Give your hosts a chance to pre­pare for your visit, by let­ting them know ahead of time, when you will be vis­it­ing.

2. Be clear about who will be join­ing you. While it’s ob­vi­ous you’re coming, it may be a good idea to let your host­ess know that Fido will be mak­ing the trip with you. The same goes for sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers and kids.

3. Don’t com­plain. If con­flict­ing life­styles or al­ler­gies are a prob­lem, make plans to stay else­where. Don’t com­plain about a house with pets or meat eaters. Stay at a ho­tel in­stead.

4. Re­spect the house rules. If your host doesn’t smoke or drink in the home, you shouldn’t, ei­ther.

5. Of­fer to cook or buy gro­ceries. Pre­par­ing meals for more than the reg­u­lars can be tax­ing, so help your host­ess out by tak­ing charge in the kitchen or by mak­ing a trip to the shop.

6. Treat your hosts. If cook­ing isn’t one of your best skills, of­fer to take ev­ery­one out for a meal.

7. Lend a help­ing hand. Be pre­pared to do sim­ple tasks such as wash­ing dishes, fold­ing laun­dry or vacu­um­ing.

8. Don’t make your­self at home. It’s not your house. Ask be­fore ad­just­ing the ther­mo­stat or chang­ing the TV chan­nel.

9. Clean up af­ter your­self. Wash the glass you drank from, straighten up the room you were sleep­ing in and keep the bath­room tidy. This is some­one’s home,

not a ho­tel.

10. Leave a thank you gift. A hand- writ­ten note or card will suf­fice. Flow­ers or even a small gift are thought­ful ges­tures.

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