When it comes to having houseguests, most people fall into one of two camps. There are those who adore hosting guests, and set up a sweet sanctuary complete with lovely linens, scented candles, and a guest bathroom stocked with fancy soaps, toothbrushes, and travel-size toiletries. At the other end of the spectrum are the people who would rather deal with an invasion of locusts than have their personal space invaded by guests.
If you’re in the second camp, it’s OK. Your home is your sanctuary, and you’re under no obligation to let anyone stay there. Of course, letting people know that without offending them can be a bit tricky. Fortunately, however, there are some perfectly nice ways to discourage uninvited houseguests.