Posted by Rebecca
Entertaining, especially overnight guests, can be a real challenge in a small space. But if you get creative and think outside the box, you can do it!
I love to entertain, and since all of my relatives, and some very close friends live far away, I want to be able to accommodate house guests from time to time. So when I selected my trailer, I made sure it was one that had (or had the potential for) a “great room.” A great room is when the living room, dining room, and kitchen are essentially all one area, maximizing space by eliminating walls and barriers that cut up space. I really think trailers are best this way. With the extremely narrow space you have to work with, the less dividing it up, the better!
Believe it or not, because of my great room, my place is great for entertaining up to about 20 guests at a time. It’s cozy, but it works.
Overnight guests are a little trickier because I don’t have a door that divides my bathroom and bedroom. I did put up a thick curtain that partitions off the bathroom area, and there is a door that divides the bathroom/bedroom area from the great room. So with some organization and a laid-back attitude, it is a functional situation.
Here are some great tips for having overnight guests in a small space, that I found in an article on Home Your Way:
– Consider your lifestyles – If you or your kids are early risers, you may want to let your guests sleep in your room and you and your family camp-out in the living room. If your guests are early risers, or prefer to be near the TV, let them have the living room. An inflatable air mattress can be an affordable and comfortable option, and it folds down to a small area for storage.
– Be creative – To keep their items out-of-the-way, maybe clear some space on an end-table or desktop to use as a luggage stand. If you have a little extra closet space, let them hang some items and use the floor below it.
– Basket for toiletries – Provide your guests with a basket to keep everything together, and make it easier for them to carry their items back and forth between their suitcase and the bathroom. Or set the basket somewhere in the bathroom (on the counter, floor, in a cupboard, or on a shelf) so they can use it conveniently while they are visiting.
It also helps to have a sense of humor about the situation. My oldest friend Dannica (she hates it when I call her that! 🙂 What I really mean is the friend I have had the longest) visited a couple of weeks ago. She has stayed in the pink trailer a few times. It always gets crowded and messy, but we don’t care. We have to crawl over the bed to get from one side of the room to the other if we are both trying to get ready. The hot water runs out quickly and we have to patiently wait for showers. The kitchen sink is invariably full, and the counters cluttered. But we don’t care. We are having a great visit, and that’s all that matters! After all, when Dannica visits, she’s there to see me, not to experience luxury accommodation. And although the pink trailer is pretty luxurious, that’s just an added bonus! 😉
Dannica and I, 30 years ago. Ahem, I mean 20 years ago! 😉
Dannica and I today. I think we’re cuter now, don’t you??