At this time of year, it’s highly likely that many of you might be invited round to stay with friends or family for the holidays. If you’re going to be a guest, you need to follow some unwritten rules in order to make sure everyone has a good time. If you’d like to show respect and gratitude to your host, be sure to follow the advice in this list!
1. Never use the back door.
Obviously, if the host says that you may use the back door, then you can go ahead. Otherwise, stay away from it. People have their habits and systems, and the front door is usually the best way to enter and exit the home.
2. Don’t snoop around.
Drawers are where people tend to hide things when they’ve got guests coming round. We all have our little secrets, and your host is trusting you to keep your nose out of their business. Snooping around and opening up all the drawers to see what you can find is highly disrespectful. If you’re looking for something in particular, simply ask the host.
3. Don’t expect to be fed.
It’s likely that your host will want to cook for you, but you should never simply assume this. Food isn’t always cheap, so it’s good to contribute in your own way by offering to do some cooking and shopping for yourself. Even if your host declines, at least you did the polite thing by making the offer.
4. Remember to put the toilet seat down.
In many homes, the toilet lid is kept closed whenever it is not in use. This is just how some people like to live, and if you’re living in their home, then you should do the same. Leaving the lid open is just one little thing that can really get on people’s nerves, as well as being a big sign of disrespect.
5. Be prepared to change your way of living.
You have your habits in your own home, but don’t necessarily think that you can use them all in someone else’s. We all live in our own ways and have our own ideas about what is best. Observe the way your host likes to do things and follow their lead, rather than forcing your own ideas upon them.