9 Crucial Things You’re Forgetting to Tell Your Houseguests

During the holidays and beyond, you might find yourself hosting houseguests. It goes without saying that you should check your air mattresses for holes and scrub the baseboards before your judgmental mother-in-law shows up. But what about those little details that you’re forgetting to tell your friends and family members who are crashing at your place?

Read on for a few items that almost everyone forgets to disclose to houseguests. And then, you know, tell them.

1. Where you keep the plunger

Clogged Toilet

It would be horribly embarrassing to ask in the moment. | sakdam/iStock/Getty Images

Clogged toilets happen, and there’s nothing more embarrassing than staying in a strange place and being forced to inquire about the whereabouts of the plunger. Either mention it briefly (avoiding eye contact) during your mini tour of the accommodations or leave it subtly placed right next to the commode. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but your guests will appreciate your forward thinking and discretion.

2. The WiFi password

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Save them from using all their data. | Prykhodov/iStock/Getty Images

Nobody wants to waste their precious data when they could be connected to WiFi. It’s easy enough for guests to just ask you for the password, but what if they forget or they’re trying to catch up on Facebook after you’ve already gone to bed? Put this on your checklist of things to talk about right when guests arrive and then leave the password prominently displayed on the fridge in case they forget.

3. Where the outlets are located

Phone charger

Let them know if the outlets are hidden. | RusN/iStock/Getty Images

These days people come equipped with electronics and they’ll need a place to keep them charged at night. If you’re feeling extra generous, you could equip the guest room with a power station so your guests can easily plug in iPhones and eReaders. At the very least, point out the locations of the outlets in the room, especially if they’re hidden behind furniture.

4. What’s up for grabs in the kitchen

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Let them know what they can eat. | Anna_Om/iStock/Getty Images

Is it a help yourself situation, or are there certain guest-appointed snacks? Make it clear what’s available and what’s off limits, or you run the risk of either making your guests feel uncomfortable (and starving during their visit) or eating all your kid’s specially purchased gluten-free pretzel sticks.

5. Where the extra blankets are kept

Unmade bed with blankets

Some people like to be a little toastier. | golubovy/iStock/Getty Images

You love going to bed with the thermostat set at 58 — but your guests might be more accustomed to sleeping in cozy warm quarters. Always make sure to alert overnight company to the locations of blankets, extra pillows, and towels so they’re comfortable no matter what.

6. How to work the shower

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Why is every shower impossibly different? | horiyan/iStock/Getty Images

It’s a common conundrum — something as simple as how to operate a shower becomes like rocket science at someone else’s house. Which way makes it hotter? How do you switch the water flow from the tub faucet to the showerhead? What are all those jets for?

Make the whole showering scenario less stressful by providing a quick explanation rather than leaving guests to fend for themselves.

7. How to lock the doors

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Allow them to get in and out on their own. | danny4stockphoto/iStock/Getty Images

You go to bed at 10, but your houseguests are night owls who like to make midnight Taco Bell runs (hey, no judgment). Make sure you alert them to the location of spare keys and show them how to lock up so they feel comfortable maintaining their nocturnal schedules and your house isn’t left unsecured.

8. Which toiletries they can use

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Your guests are probably traveling with some kind of toiletry bag, but inevitably they may forget toothpaste or some other small item and might need to borrow yours.

Keep a small basket stocked with travel-sized items, extra toothbrushes, and feminine hygiene products just like a hotel would do. Even if they don’t use anything, your guests will appreciate the effort.

9. All your silent expectations

Black cat sitting on the human toilet

Let them know what to expect. | Seregraff/iStock/Getty Images

Maybe you keep the toilet lid closed because of a curious cat. Or perhaps the bathroom fan stays on 24/7 for air circulation. Take note of some of your less conventional habits and try to communicate them to guests ahead of time. Most people will try to respect your wishes and keep your house running as normally as possible.

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