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Designing your house to be guest-friendly

It's nice to see old friends and family visit, but if your house doesn't accommodate visitors, you're gonna have a bad time. If you want your guests to be comfortable, here is what you should do.

• Give your guests plenty of place for their stuff. If your guest room is jammed with lots of stuff, like knick-knacks, etc., move it out. What people need is empty tables, empty desks. Empty. If the room doesn't look bare before your guests arrive, you need to get rid of stuff.

• Give your guests an easy way to plug in their electronics. Everyone travels with cell phones, etc., these days. If your guest room has very few outlets, and especially if they are all in use, put in a simple power strip.

• Give your guests some space. In addition to giving them room to put their stuff, leave them alone a bit. Don't follow them around, giving instructions on how to use the toilet, etc. And, whatever you do, don't show them your system for using several remote controls to use the TV. Yes, they will smile and thank you, but really, they are just wishing that you would go away and shut up.

• Post your WiFi information in their room. No, don't stand there telling them the password. Write it down and hang it up in their room. If you don't have WiFi, tell them where the nearest Starbucks is.

There you go, space, outlets, time. Oh yeah, when people are on their cell phones, even if they're reading, stop talking. If your guests are constantly on their cell phones, guess what, you're boring.

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