Hello, House­guests!

Visi­tors head­ing your way? Here’s how to prep your place for a happy stay with­out ex­haust­ing your­self.

Parents (USA) - - Contents - By JES­SICA PRESS

Host­ing doesn’t have to be a chore. Im­press fam­ily and friends (and save your­self a headache) with this ex­per­tap­proved ad­vice.

MY SIS­TER-IN-LAW,

Deb Sindler, is a ver­i­ta­ble host­ing god­dess. A mom of three in Pitts­burgh, she and her ever-gra­cious hus­band wel­come fam­ily and friends for week­ends, weeks, some­times months—all while re­main­ing to­tally chill.

I, on the other hand, start pan­ick­ing the minute friends men­tion they might be any­where near my zip code. Are my toi­lets clean enough? What do the vis­it­ing kids eat for break­fast? How can I mask the marker/ slime/glit­ter stains on our sec­ond­hand IKEA din­ing ta­ble? Will they scoff at my tacky taste in cof­fee? And where will ev­ery­one put their stuff? The (first-world) stress of it all is enough to make me want to splurge on a ho­tel gift card and send them pack­ing.

But as my fam­ily and I head into our first hol­i­day sea­son as home­own­ers, I de­cided to fi­nally con­quer my host­ing anx­i­ety. So I reached out to hos­pi­tal­ity pros and ex­pe­ri­enced hosts for the most ef­fec­tive, most re­al­is­tic tips for mak­ing my home ready for fam­ily and friends—with­out go­ing ba­nanas. Read on for their valu­able in­sights from what you can do in ad­vance to last-minute tweaks that’ll make any guest feel right at home.

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