When Your Home is a HOTEL


We have been a bit b-u-s-y lately. (Actually, I should say, ‘I’ have been busy. Ben just pretty much shows up to play Master Of The Universe. Sound familiar gals?).


Over the past FOUR weeks we have hosted TEN people, in THREE groups. In. Our. Home… Sleepovers. With meals.



This, factually, accounts for a total of FOUR beds being changed THREE times which equals TWELVE sets, which equals FIFTY TWO pieces, EIGHT towel sets being laundered FOUR times, which equals NINETY SIX pieces, THIRTY SIX meals cooked & served, which equals (I don’t have a fucking clue how many dishes?), TWENTY FOUR dishwasher loads In & Out, FORTY EIGHT rolls of TP, TWO freezers stocked, TWO refrigerators full-up, THREE filled Easter baskets (SIX more delivered), FIVE dinner reservations, ONE brunch, THREE dinner parties, SIX trips to the airport, FOUR cabs, and EIGHT Hurricanes (It’s a drink. I need them.)



Am I tired?




Will I do it again?


Yes, and here’s why: Aside from the fact that I LOVE these people, I know how to run my house like a hotel (…and who among us doesn’t LOVE a Five Star? ***hand waving***)


Am I a one-woman staff of eight? Why, yes I am. But I have a few secrets… Organization, Planning, Inventory, and Involvement.


Let’s discuss…


Be ORGANIZED, and by that I don’t just mean having all of your flatware in the same kitchen drawer, I mean having available space in bedroom closets and dresser drawers, creature comforts (like Kleenex and Tylenol and shaving cream and razors and fresh toothbrushes, etc., and even baby wipes if it’s appropriate) at the ready and within arms reach at Midnight without calling you for help. No one wants to be a pain in your ass when they’re on your dime. I mean having duplicate cleaning supplies all together- on each floor. I mean extra iphone chargers- by each bed. I mean make your guests independent of you.



PLAN, and by plan I mean, have an ITINERARY, which includes not only activities but meals- and make it flexible. I will have at least one suggested activity per day (There is a back-up for rain) and always a block of time unscheduled for naps, reading, neighborhood walks, or just plain down time. The way I get our guests to happily participate in this is to tell them I’M TAKING A BREAK before starting the evening and the preparation for the last meal of the day. Which brings me to menus. Take stock of your guests (their ages, restrictions, ridiculous vegan lifestyles) and plan your meals before they arrive. In fact, shop for ingredients and prepare as much as you can beforehand. I keep the disposable aluminum pan companies in business. Also, having an axillary freezer is worth it’s weight in diamonds- which is saying A LOT, coming from me- because I cook with all my diamonds dripping from my slender youthful wrists.



INVENTORY perishables, and by perishables I seriously mean toilet paper and chips & dip (as well as other items, of course). It’s all equally important.  And remember to keep them where they’re needed, which means the TP should not be in the kitchen and the chips don’t belong on the floor of your car.



INVOLVEMENT, and by that, I mean, not only encouraging your guests to participate in the kitchen and garden, the evening’s Netflix selection and which vintage will be uncorked, but driving (which in my case usually involves those FOUR Hurricanes that I mentioned above). It also might mean giving them a ‘break’ from all involvement- an opportunity to rest.  You should provide that too. You’ll rest when you die.



One time, many years ago, our son Chase, angered after finding his smelly sheets changed, floating bits of paper discarded, his videos put back in their correct sleeves, and the last piece of his favorite pie eaten (but replaced with a new desert), said to his father, “Dad! She makes me crazy! Mom’s makes me feel like I’m in a hotel!”.



“How lucky are we?”, he replied.



I think the better question is, ‘How lucky am I?”.


The answer…





When Home is a Hotel- Thank GOD!PINIMAGE

When Home is a Hotel- Thank GOD!

  • Doreen McGettigan - My husband laughs at me because I do try to anticipate every wish and need of my guests before they arrive.
    I love having company especially the grand kid kind:)
    Great tips!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I wonder if he’d laugh if you just let it all fall apart? I doubt it. I know my Ben has come to expect such treatment. I’ve spoiled him.ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - I’m ready to check into the Cheryl Hotel!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Great advice! Working on being as organized as you. I LOVE being the hotel! We don’t have as many visitors as we used to, but still, at times, we’re BUSY!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I do too! Ya know- organization is like a ‘Lifestyle’ issue. Think of it like committing to eating healthy but don’t forget the wine! OH YEA!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Organization is not my middle name. I can relate to the hotel as in chaos….but if I didn’t have help, I’d be up a tree.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hotels (behind the scenes) are either chaotic or run like the USS Franklin. But on the surface they are ‘peace’. I choose peaceful- it just takes prep. ps: I have ‘help’ when I really need it, like over 18 people.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Whew! I’m tired just reading this. But I admire your organization and ability to anticipate every need. If I need a hotel, er, a place to stay, I know who to call!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That would require a bottle of vino, which I’m sure you could provide…. HA hahahaaa! Thanks Sheryl!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - This is all good advice and I have to say, I admire your energy and enthusiasm! I love when my kids come to visit – for a day or a weekend – and fortunately, they know where the Kleenex is – but often forget the phone chargers!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - I am incapable of such organization. And that is okay. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and while I am a marvelous tour guide, I am incapable of getting things done while there are people around.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I guess it’s the price you pay, Cheryl Nicholl, for being the hostess with the mostess!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Your guests are very very lucky and I am shamelessly going to beg to stay at your place if I ever visit your city!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I will graciously accept your shame. {{{hugs}}}ReplyCancel

  • Alyson Rennick Herzig - It’s official I’m calling you the next hostess event I have.ReplyCancel

  • Gogogirl Ghandour - I love your planning tips. Such a refreshing post!
    I used to stress with all the details before guests (including my children) arrive and during, now I just let it happen and enjoy them. Everything always works out and everyone is happy. Hugs 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I get it.That’s how I run it when I have houseguests. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Oh you are a much better woman than I! My mom used to say that fish and company stink after 3 days….Sometimes on day 4 of our visit! You are a wonder :)!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Hmmm, so that’s how you do it… 😉 here’s hoping you got some rest before the next trip. BTW – So great to see you!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Oh, yeah, and publish the Pimms Cup recipe, please.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I would need those drinks too with that much company. I only had one and she didn’t make it in on the day she planned. Yes, I loved every minute of it. I had to eliminated two of my planned outings. There wasn’t time.ReplyCancel

  • WendysHat - I love these helpful tips and ideas for guests. Anyone would truly feel welcome staying at your house. I agree that planning ahead is key to success.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - and we could garden together! Wouldn’t that be fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - It does sound like you have been very busy and super organized! I had a lot of company over the Easter holiday and now it is time to rest…or go shopping…same thing!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! Yes- retail therapy always works for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - So happy you had family visiting. I am exhausted just reading about all the prep though. You are so well organized and I will remember the cool tips like chargers in the bedroom. Growing up in a house of 10 people there were always tons of dishes to wash and pots of food to cook and don’t get me started on the piles of laundry me and Mom did.ReplyCancel

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