How to Be a Good House Guest

Learn how to be a good house guest from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video.

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Hi. I'm Faye De Moyshant, with social skills on how to be a good house guest. We hear so many times people complaining about their weekend guests or the people that they've had over during the summertime, whose kids went into their refrigerator and ate everything, or who loafed out on the couch for the entire weekend, or who never picked up after themselves, or never contributed, either financially, or by means of bringing something.

So, let's set the record straight. It's really important when you're a house guest to bring things. Not everyone is in a great financial situation, but there are things that you can bring that are inexpensive but really thoughtful and show that you've gone the extra mile to be helpful and to be participating in the work that it requires to maintain a household and to have people over.
So if you're staying overnight or for a weekend, make sure you bring either food. Make sure you bring something that you prepared. You can make chocolate chip cookies. Bring wine. You can bring beverages. You can bring anything. You just don't want to show up empty-handed.

Again, it's not about the money. It's about the thought behind bringing things that are going to be helpful for the weekend and for the time that you're there. It's about being helpful to your house host and to help out for all of the work that the weekend is going to entail.

Once you arrive at the house, you want to be sure that you keep everything that you bring very neat. So keep things in your suitcase, or keep things stowed. You don't want to have things all over the room.

Once you get up from sleeping, be sure that you make your bed. Keep things really neat. Make sure that you've tidied up after yourself.
At the end of your stay, strip down your bedding, pile up all of your towels, and bring all of your things to wherever they're washed. Offer to wash them yourself. Offer to fold them up for your house host.

During the weekend, you're going to want to be sure that you participate. Be sure that you participate in food preparation and cooking and cleaning up. There's different ways that you can participate that show that you really respect your host, and you really respect that they invited you to their home.

Once you wrap up the weekend and leave, make sure that you send a thank you note or a thank you email to whoever it is that hosted you. It's really important to express your thanks beyond just verbally. Opening your home up to other people is a really kind gesture and it requires you going the extra mile to say thank you.

Those are just a few tips on how to be a great house guest.

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