Festivals such as Diwali are a great opportunity to get together with loved ones, but if you often celebrate at a family member’s house, you may not realise just how much effort goes into hosting such a big event. Your host will spend days cleaning, decluttering the house, and doing all sorts of preparations to ensure their guests are happy – so is there anything you can do to make their lives a little easier? Here are 10 good house rules for guests that, although easy, will make a huge difference to your host:
- Stay Neat
If you want to know how to be a good house guest, then this is the number one rule. If your guest bedroom doesn’t have much storage space, like closets or drawers, try keeping your clothes neatly packed away in your suitcase rather than leaving them lying on the floor or the bed.
- Offer to Help in the Kitchen
Similarly, if you want to know how to be a good dinner guest, you should always offer to help in the kitchen, if your relationship with your host and hostess allows it. Many hosts will turn down offers of help with the cooking to keep the kitchen from becoming cramped, but they may be happy to have a bit of help with the washing up.
- Put Your Rubbish Away
If you want to be a good house guest, don’t leave your rubbish lying around the house. If you can’t see a bin, ask where you can put any dirty wrappers and tissues, rather than leaving them on tables. Alternatively, store any small bits of rubbish in a bag and take them home with you.
- Do Your Own Laundry
Being a good guest over a long period, such as the run-up to a holiday, is all about becoming independent, rather than relying on your host to do everything for you. Try to wash your own clothes if your relationship with your host allows for it. Instead of having them wash your dirty undergarments, you could simply ask where the laundry detergent is kept, and for quick instructions on the washing machine settings.
- Talk to Your Kids
If you’re bringing your children along, make sure you explain to them that they can’t be as messy and untidy as they might be back home. Suggest that they tidy up any toys when they have finished playing, and make sure they help the host with simple household chores.