6. Don't overschedule
Having guests in your house 24 hours a day means talking to and engaging with them during waking hours, and that’s more exhausting than you could possibly realize. Add to that hours-long museum outings, late-night visits to comedy clubs, and trendy brunches with hour-long waits, and you’re fixing to run yourself ragged. For the love of all that is holy, don’t schedule more than one or two of these activities a day.
7. Always have nosh on hand
When in doubt, put food out. It’s a great way to rally everyone and, err, distract them while you take a shower. I always have the ingredients for my go-to platter queued up and ready to go: ramekins of pistachios and almonds; blue cheese and Jarlsberg; dried fruit; Castelvetrano olives; Carr's crackers with cracked pepper; and fig spread. You will look like a goddamned hero when you lay out that gorgeous spread.
While we’re at it, don’t forget to stock your fridge before everyone arrives. Your checklist should include: Coffee grounds for a crowd, half-and-half or cream, and extra coffee filters. Basically just a lot of coffee. Bonus points for eggs, orange juice, and a few packs of thick-cut bacon.
8. Don't skimp on the air fresheners
Look, we don’t all live in palaces with multiple bathrooms, and that often means sharing a toilet. Some advice: Have air fresheners, or at the very least a pack of matches, stashed by the commode. It’ll save your guests embarrassment and your nose an unnecessary olfactory assault.
While we’re at it, light that candle you’ve been reluctant to spark up because it was expensive and you don’t want to waste it. More people in your house means a better candle to people-enjoying-said-candle ratio, and that’s just good thrifty sense.
9. Schedule a housecleaning the day your guests leave
Even if you’ve managed to contain most of the clutter to the guest room, your apartment will still look like a bomb went off inside it the second everyone vacates the premises. Arrange for a cleaner to come THE SECOND they’re out the door.
Having your home back to yourself < having your clean home back to yourself.