The holiday season is typically a time for families to get together, and that means it’s pretty likely you’ll be having guests in your home. Think of all the possibilities with daughters, sons, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and significant others – you may find it difficult to keep track of everyone who is coming and going through your home and personal space. Here are a few tips for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other get-together in your home.
Introduce yourself. If there are strangers in your home during a social gathering, you definitely need to ask for their name and how they came to be in your home. Chances are good that the unknown guest is just a friend you haven’t met yet, but if they truly don’t belong, wouldn’t you want to know?
Prep a first aid kit. Better safe than sorry! Every host can agree, having the basics like bandages and ibuprofen can be a huge relief in case of minor injuries. It can come in especially handy if there will be children visiting. It’s not uncommon for young cousins to get rowdy, especially if they rarely see each other and aren’t quite sure how to get along.
Put away your valuables. The easiest way to make sure nobody is stealing from you is to put everything away. This includes things like change jars, jewelry, electronic devices, bills, checkbooks, and much more. It can be tough to choose between having all your nice things on display and putting them away for safety’s sake. Decorative heirlooms and souvenirs can be irreplaceable so it’s up to you to make the call. Remember, if it’s not nailed down, you never know.
Password protect your devices. Put away your iPod, your iPad, your Kindle and your laptops. Change the password on any stationary computers. Cybercrime appeals to the people you’re least likely to suspect. Don’t let visitors access your bank accounts, social networking or pry into other personal areas. The consequences can be devastating so protect yourself before it’s too late.
Close doors and lock windows. If there are areas of your home that are off-limits to guests, make sure your message is clear. Close bedroom and hallway doors – most guests feel trepidation opening doors in the homes of others without express permission. Lock the windows to prevent anyone sneaking in from outside.