Monday, November 28, 2022

How to Prepare Your Guest Room for the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner, and it is not too early to plan, especially if you are hosting friends and loved ones this holiday season. While there is plenty of time for fun, delicious foods, and cozy nights on the couch watching movies to look forward to, it also makes sense if you are feeling some anxiety. In a survey conducted by Healthline, they found that around 60% of adults feel heightened stress around the holidays because of various factors, including hosting loved ones.

If one thing that is giving you some stress is the panic over having people in your home overnight, you are not alone! There are a few easy tips to help you get your guest bedroom in first-class shape, and with a few extra touches that will make the stay feel special. 

Check out the following guide on preparing your spare room for the ultimate holiday houseguest experience, which will mean less stress for you and your guests!


Clear the Mess - Is your spare room an extension of your junk drawer? You are not alone. Guest rooms can become a net for all the clutter, extra furniture, and everything else that does not have an obvious home in the house. It is vital that you get your guest room cleared of clutter before your house guests arrive because nobody wants to hang out with your junk. Try doing it at least a week before your guests arrive. Do not leave it to the last minute or you cannot add the special touches that will blow your guests away. Lisa Sharp Coaching recommends setting a kitchen timer for 15-minute increments, as this can prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed. Put a podcast or some music on, get into the zone, and ruthlessly start your piles -- keep, trash, and donate. Be sure to have a garbage bag and some boxes nearby so you can organize them as you sort as well.

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Provide Clean Linens - This may seem obvious, but be sure to have extra linens available in your guest room. This should include one extra towel and washcloth per person and one full sheet change. This may seem excessive, but different people have different shower and sleeping habits, so you want to be as accommodating as possible. In addition, spills can happen, and providing an extra towel and sheet set can prevent a mortified guest from having to tell you, they spilled red wine on their pillow cover. 

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You do not need to buy new towels and sheets for guests, but matching sets look cleaner and neater. Did you know towels and sheets could hold on to body oils, soap, and other residues even after a good wash? To give your linens a refresh before houseguests arrive, try laundry stripping. A favorite recipe for laundry stripping comes from cleaning influencer GoCleanCo (via Instagram): 2 cups of powdered Tide detergent (must be Tide and powdered), 1/4 cup of borax, and another 1/4 cup of laundry soda. If your water is especially hard or you do not have access to Tide, you will want to use a 1/4 cup water softener as well. This will leave linens feeling unbelievably clean, soft, fresh, and smelling great. 

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Save yourself and your guests the irritating business of sharing your Wi-Fi code verbally, especially if your password is a complicated mix of letters and numbers. Good Housekeeping says that a welcome card can make the stay feel more luxurious, taking a note from high-end hotels.

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Make a quick print of essential information for your guest, like the Wi-Fi information, garage, door, gate codes, and other basic information. Door codes are helpful and prevent any accidental lockouts in case of a lost or forgotten key. During the holidays, your schedule might be quite full, so you can also include extra details, like important meals or parties, or nearby hot spots your houseguest might want to try out. Experiment with creating your own on a free design program. It can be as elaborate or simple as you like but can be the perfect touch for your guest room during the holidays.

Have An Extra Seating Option - Your friend or family member obviously adores you, or else they would not be staying at your place for the holidays. However, that does not mean they will want to be around you 24/7. Houseguests often need a little time for themselves to take a call, do a little work, read, or just scroll mindlessly through Instagram. Do you prefer to do all of that in a horizontal position in bed? Maybe not. So snag a chair from the living room, or even an extra dining chair, and pull it into the guest room. This is also a kind way to let houseguests know their presence is not mandatory around the clock, and that alone time is perfectly acceptable. 

To go the extra mile, find a small end table or nightstand to put next to the chair, and add a selection of magazines in case they forgot a book, says Universal Class. This way, guests can enjoy a cup of coffee while they relax in your wonderful guest bedroom. 

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Provide A Small Welcome Basket - Provide your guests with a small snack basket when they arrive. This does not have to be fancy at all and is just a way to let your guest know you put special thought into their visit. In addition, many folks have a hard time asking for what they need when staying at someone's house; creating a personalized snack basket can take some of the awkwardness away. 

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Having food and drinks that your houseguests like can go a long way in showing off your hosting powers, says Harper's Bazaar. Try to have a few salty and sweet options: chips, chocolate bars, and other such options are perfect additions. 

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Significant Questions to Ask on A First Date by Miss Know It All

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Who said dating is fun? It can be if you know how to conduct yourself on a first date. Meeting someone on a dating app can be challenging. However, what happens when the person you are smitten with meets in person, face to face? It can be hard-hitting. After all, you really know little about this person because your interactions have been through texting. While it is easy to get comfortable sending texts to each other and sharing stories about yourselves, the test comes when you and your crush plan your first date. What will the conversation be? Will it be a success or a total flop? Fortunately, there are never-ending first date questions that will help you learn a lot about each other and maybe land a second date.

Asking questions during a first date are signs you are interested and engaged in the conversation, but asking too many questions may make the date seem like an interview, which can feel daunting. Drop inquiries here and there to fill gaps in the conversation and to avoid uncomfortable quietness. With little effort, you will create a very natural connection. Following are some great first date questions to ask during the date:

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Questions for the First Couple of Minutes

If you do not know each other, this is the part of the date where you are both nervous and maybe feeling a little awkward. While it might be tough to come up with some questions, sometimes just sticking to the basics is enough.

How was your day?

Tell me more about yourself.

Where do you work?

Do you have any plans for the future?

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After Breaking the Ice

Once you are more at ease and you want to spend more time with this person, you are ready to get to know him/her better. Some fun and simple questions can help liven up the conversation.

What do you do for fun?

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

What TV show did you last binge-watch?

What was the best concert you have ever been to?

Who is your favorite singer/musician/band?

Do you have a favorite book or a favorite author?

Do you have any pets?

What is your favorite place to go to around town?

What is your go-to place for takeout?

What is your favorite sport? Who is your favorite professional sports team?

Do you prefer the indoors or the outdoors?

If you won the lottery, what would you buy?

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When You Want More Information

After getting to know more about the person’s personality, it is time to bring up deeper questions. This is the time to ask more ‘make it or break it’ questions that can help you figure out if you may want a relationship with this individual, or maybe another date.

What is your dream job? 

Are you close to your family?

Are you a morning person or a night person?

What is on your bucket list?

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

If you could move to another country, where would it be?

Are there any hobbies or subjects that you would like to learn?

Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

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When the Night Is Almost Over

It’s time to decide whether you want to lengthen your first date, possibly go on a second date, or just call it a night and move on. Ask some more intimate questions now that you are both more comfortable, and see if things might work out between you two.

What are your goals?

What is most important to you?

What do you see your future like?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

What are you most passionate about?

What are some of your biggest pet peeves?

What do you fear?

Do you have any regrets?

What is your proudest accomplishment in life?

Who inspires you?

How would you describe yourself in three words?

How would you describe me in three words?

What was your first impression of me?

What made you want to go on this date?

What do you consider some warning signs in a relationship?

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When it is Time to Go

If you feel the dating is a bust, end your relationship with your date instantly. If you are hoping to secure a second date, then these questions can help him or she get the hint.

Did you have a good time tonight?

Are you busy later this week?

Do you want to hang out again?

Can I send you a text later?

Do you want to split the check or want me to pick up the next one?

Would you want to check out a restaurant or movie sometime?

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