4 Tips For Preparing Your Apartment For Guests

By Bethany Fischer on July 14, 2021

One of the joys of adulthood includes doing what you want with your own apartment, like hosting friends. To be a good host, you may consider preparing your apartment for guests before they arrive, especially if they will be spending a few nights with you.

Preparing your apartment for guests doesn’t need to be time-consuming, expensive, or stressful. With just a little bit of forethought, you can easily set yourself and your guests up for a comfortable stay together. Here are some tips and tricks for preparing your apartment for guests:

1. Communicate With Your Guests


The first and most important step you should take while preparing your apartment for guests is to communicate with them! This is the time to ask your guests questions, answer any questions they may have for you, and set boundaries to ensure that everyone staying in your apartment remains safe, comfortable, and happy. By communicating with your guests before they arrive, you can have a better understanding of their needs, and thus, prepare your apartment for them in the most efficient way possible. For example, while preparing your apartment for guests, find out:

  • What are your guests’ expectations? Will you be providing meals, toiletries, and comfort items, or will your guest be bringing their own?

  • Do your guests’ have any allergies for you to keep in mind while you prep?

  • How long will your guests be staying?

  • Are there any rules or restrictions imposed by your landlord/leasing office that your guests need to know about?

Taking the time to communicate important information while preparing your apartment for guests is the most sure-fire way to avoid any problems during their stay.

2. Stock up on food and toiletries


Making your guests feel comfortable means making sure that they have everything they need during their stay. If you have decided to provide food and toiletries, the next step to preparing your apartment for guests is restocking your supplies. Even if your guests are not expecting you to provide them with certain items, it is a good idea to restock, anyways. This will keep you ahead of the game in case someone forgets something and show your guests that you are a warm and friendly host. Some important supplies to gather may include:

  • Snacks and Beverages

  • Bathroom supplies like toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, and soap

  • Cleaning supplies like paper towels and Clorox wipes

  • Comfort items like pillows, blankets, and towels

A good tip might be to stop by your local dollar store for some of these items. Many dollar stores have small cleaning and bathroom supplies that are not only the perfect size for your guests but extremely cheap! Find coupons for snacks and beverages at your local grocery store, and shop around for comfort items that might be on sale. Preparing your apartment for guests doesn’t have to break your bank.

3. Create Space For Your Guests


While you might be looking forward to spending time with your guests, it is also important to remember that people need their own space to wind down. Apartments with multiple bedrooms can get expensive, and it is likely that you may not have an entire room to give to your guests. If this is the case, consider creating some extra space while preparing your apartment for guests. This may look like:

  • Setting up your living room as a sleeping area for your guests

  • Putting away decorative items to give your guests more room

  • Clearing out space in a closet or drawer for their belongings

  • Being respectful of their schedules and avoiding the common area while they are sleeping

Preparing your apartment for guests includes making space for them, even if there isn’t a lot of extra room. Making the effort to give your guests privacy shows them that you welcome them, and they will appreciate any effort put into making them feel at home.

4. Clean, Clean, CLEAN!


A clean home is a happy home, even if that home is a small, one-bedroom apartment. Nobody wants to stay in a dirty home, and this is most likely true for your guests. Aside from making a good impression, cleaning your space while preparing your apartment for guests will help you make space and create a comfortable environment. Starting your guests’ stay with a clean apartment will lessen the cleaning needed to be done once they leave, too. In addition to the basic cleaning you should do in your apartment regularly, there are steps you should take while preparing your apartment for guests, like:

  • Washing sheets, pillowcases, and towels for your guests to use

  • Deep cleaning the bathroom that your guests will be using

  • Emptying your trash can and eliminating odors you may have gone nose blind to

  • Disinfecting commonly touched areas like doorknobs and countertops

Offering a clean space is an important part of preparing your apartment for guests. They will rest easier knowing their space is clean and tidy, and you will avoid the stress of bad impressions from a dirty apartment


When you open up your home to guests, you are taking on the responsibility of making sure they feel comfortable and welcome. An easy way to do this is by preparing your apartment for guests before they arrive. Open up communication, gathering supplies, creating space, and cleaning your apartment are all important steps that must be taken while preparing your apartment for guests. In the long run, your guests will appreciate the time and effort you put into making sure their stay was the best that it could be.

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