tips for small apartment house guests.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


our teeny home gets a lot of welcomed house guests throughout the year. we've got it down to a science.

1. invest in a quality air mattress. cheapos spring a leak after a few months. this aerobed has held up well and rolls into a compact carrying bag.

2. if you're going to be packed in like sardines, you might as well stock the fridge with a few of their favorite drinks, snacks.

3. unless they are flying, politely ask your guests to bring their own sheets and towels. most new york apartments don't have a washer/dryer. let them do you a favor.

4. if guests are staying for a short time, eat out as much as possible. i know it can get expensive, but most visitors want to try new places anyway. you can always grab a bagel or a slice of pizza.

5. take your shoes off at the door. this is a standing rule in our household, but let your guests in on the rule as well. new york streets are nasty (think dog poop). no need to bring the dirty streets into your lovely home. not to mention, your guests are sleeping on that dirty floor.

do you have any tips?

19 comments:

Kyla said...

Oh these are great tips! When I have guests, I usually try to eat out; it's just easier than cooking for a bunch of people. I know this usually goes without saying, but I tend to become a cleaning maniac before people stay over...the last thing I want is someone finding a rogue crumb where they'll be sleeping!

Chessa! said...

I love everything on this list. We actually invested in a sofa bed years ago even though I had my heart set on a very particular sofa. In the end, an aero bed would have been best. We don't have guests too too often but for the rare time we do, even a couch would have been fine.

I'm with you on the no shoes policy too. I hate having to ask my dad to take them off and then husband gets annoyed bc he has to take them off but I don't make my father do it. You can imagine how hard I vacuum that damn sweater rug right?! In the bedrooms it's no shoes ever ever.

Our first and second apts together had neither a washing machine nor a dishwasher. We finally got a dishwasher in our first place in manhattan and I have to say that I would take a w/d over a dishwasher any day. As much I hate doing dishes, I hate doing laundry in a shared machine even more. It's obviously a necessity but I don't have to like it. With a kid it's even more of a hassle and now I have mytoddler running in the laundry room, trying to kiss her reflection in the glass of the machine (I kid you not, my baby is a lover), slamming the door bc I don't want her to, pulling things out of the basket, wearing my underwear on her head....laundry day is like comedy day. I laugh now bc it's hilarious and so cute and she is just so sweet but I'm sweating trying to do everything as quickly as I can when I'm in the laundry room. Having a w/d in my apt would be akin to winning the lottery. All it takes is a lot of dollars and a dream.

Kim said...

Great tips! You should submit this post to Apartment Therapy (if they accept posts like this - not sure!) We have an Aerobed and luckily an extra room, but it's not a guestroom since it doesn't have a bed. I didn't want to waste all that space on a bed that gets used once every six months!

.aubrey c. said...

Most important to me is bring your own towels and sheets! and the shoes!

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Atsuko said...

I love the no shoes in the apartment rule. I do not feel very comfortable whenever someone walks in my apartment in his or her shoes because like you said a street is dirty! I am planning to hang a sign on a door, saying "please remove your shoes."

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Great list! I've never thought about asking visitors to bring towels and sheets, but I'm sure it would save so much laundry hassle -- at least those who don't have a washer/dryer in their building.

jsdill said...

Oh man, I grew up in a house with the no-shoe rule, and I hated it. My feet were always cold, and I didn't like always have to pull my shoes on and off. Now that I run my own household, we are strictly a shoes-anytime-you-want-to-where-them house (except of course when my little boys have been running around in the mud...even I have my limits).

Brianna said...

This is a perfect list- we give guests spare keys to our apartment. Usually for 'just in case', but I think it makes everyone feel a bit more comfortable. Guests don't have to feel like they're running on our schedules.

rebecca said...

brianna-
i like the key idea. makes it easier on everyone.

Kendra said...

I always put fresh flowers in our extra bedroom when guests stay for the weekend. It just feels more.. homey, right?

Great tips!

in dreams said...

i just had a visitor this weekend, and the airbed is actually a must. how else would i fit people into our tiny office/bedroom?! plus, if you get a good one, they are amazingly comfy. (i got it when i moved into a sketchy apt...never know about bugs until it's too late!)

love the idea of them bringing their own sheets! so much easier on the laundry loads...

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

What fantastic tips! We had a serious of house guests this summer, and my best advice is to make sure you're comfortable with the length of their slumber party!!

Christine said...

I like to give guests a copy of our keys and one of those credit card size maps of the subway :) And definitely no shoes in the apartment!! I was walking around the open seafood markets in Chinatown today and I almost gagged thinking about walking around my apartment with whatever I stepped in today..

Patrice said...

These are such great tips for keeping your guests happy, your home in order and your sanity in check! Excellent post.

Ess said...

Hi Rebecca. I just stumbled upon your blog several days ago and it's lovely. You're lovely! We hail from the same state and are both childless, carless, countertop-less (you have more prep space than me; do the math on *that*.), guest bedroom-less urbanites. When I saw this post, I had to weigh in.

I definitely second the aerobed; such a great investment and we forked over money for a basement storage unit in our building. Among other things, this is where aerobed lives when we have no guests. Also, if like us you have no dedicated guest quarters and this is a possibilty, fashion some type of privacy screen so you aren't staring your guests in the face during midnight trips to the loo, if you wake up earlier, etc. And, lastly, check out the weather if you're hosting guests during the summer. If it's going to be a million degrees and your only window unit is comfortably located in the bedroom (ahem!), consider buying a small unit for wherever your make-shift guest quarters are located. If you have no need for it after they leave or lack storage, you can always sell it on Craigslist.

rebecca said...

ess-
hello my ky friend! i'm so glad you weighed in. :)

Rachael said...

I think its great to ask people to bring their own sheets. Even though I live in Ohio, my apartment doesn't have a washer and dryer, so things just pile up until I pay to wash it or find a friend willing to let me borrow theirs.

Kira said...

Excellent advice. We also ask our guests to bring their slippers with them. We are a shoes off house and wear slippers and ask that our guests do the same.

ashley said...

wow, you've sure made it look cozy!

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