The perfect guest is to some an elusive concept, but I disagree I don’t think the perfect guest is impossible to find. Trust me I should know, I have a revolving door in my house with a constant stream of guests, I’ve also spent five years of my life placing others in people’s homes. Some of the people that have stayed with me have been fantastic and have become lifelong friends, whereas others have left such horrible lasting images in my mind, that I cringe at the thought of them. Most people fall somewhere in between. So I was thinking what are the things that make you a good guest in my home? Here is a list, it’s not exhaustive or objective- I am sure we have different ideas of what makes a good guest and it will differ based on who is the guest.
1- Replace the toilet paper and fill the ice tray! It’s as simple as telling your host she’s out or do just it yourself! And if you have stayed for a while buying more TP!
2- Wash your dishes- really your host is not your servant.
3- Pick up after yourself- this applies to gadgets, clothes, plates, papers…etc. Again not your servant.
4- Ask before using- things maybe special have a special way of working or just not for your consumption!
5- If you break/ damage something fix it, replace it or offer to!
6- Offer to cook for your host or take them out to dinner or something – it’s always nice.
7- Spend some time with your host, even if its just a morning coffee.
8- Try to be considerate of cultural norms, and by that I don’t just mean different regional cultures but also home cultures, things like wearing slippers, meal times and such.
9- Always leave the place as you found it or in better condition. I really hate picking up other people’s trash and cleaning up after them!
10- Finally, try and leave a thank you note- they always put a smile on my face and I have kept each one that was left behind. It reminds me of the good times and makes me forget the not so good times.
So, if you are staying at mine, do remember these little things, it will make not just your stay more pleasant, it will mean that an invitation will be extended to you again and again and again.
Ahlan wa Sahlan!