A TIKTOKER shared seven things she keeps in her house to instantly make guests feel more comfortable when she’s hosting.
Juliet, whose username is @happy_dagger, shared tips for preparing her home for guests in a viral video.
“I love hosting my friends so much so I try to be the best host I can to keep them coming,” Juliet wrote in the video legend.
She has friends with different needs, including those who are neurodivergent and have ADHD or autism.
So, to make all her friends feel safe and welcomed, she has several items on hand.
First, she likes to make sure everyone has something to do with their hands.
Juliet has a “fidget toy basket” filled with different items, including stuffed animals and squishy stress relief handhelds.
She says it helps her guests feel less uncomfortable and helps them ground themselves.
It’s something Juliet says her therapist had, and it tends to work well among her friends.
“There are enough for everyone to find one and no one ever fights over toys,” says Juliet.
Juliette also keeps a group sketchbook and pencil holder on her coffee table for her artist friends.
She says it’s a fun thing, but it’s also a way to “inspire them to draw things that I can keep.”
Plus, she keeps two coffee table books for easy conversation, including an animal photo book.
“I love this book and think it’s really fun to look through it together,” she says.
“There is so much to see and tell.”
Juliet also keeps a well-stocked cookie jar.
She also adds a salty snack when guests arrive so all the bases are covered.
The host also offers their guests a drink right away to take the anxiety out of having to ask for one later.
“Having multiple types of seating options available is important for neurodivergent friends,” Juliet continues.
She says most of her friends like to sit on the floor, so she has special cushions at her disposal.
She also has a felt-covered yoga ball that she says is a big hit among her friends, calling it “a whole-body toy.”
Juliette doesn’t have a television in her living room because she finds it can distract her friends.
“My friends can’t really sit still and quiet in a group long enough to watch an entire movie,” she says, adding that if they want to watch a movie, they’ll go to the cinema.
Juliet also has a selection of games on hand.
“Sometimes I have to set up a game in another room to make people feel comfortable,” she says.
The final step Juliette takes when preparing to entertain is setting up a high-quality speaker.
By taking these steps, Juliet says it’s like a game where “the prize is the community” because people feel welcomed and comfortable.
The TikTok video has over 377,000 views.
TikTokers shared their thoughts on setting up Juliet in the comments section.
“This is outstanding. You are so caring. Definitely going to make a fidget toy basket,” one person wrote.
“That’s so sweet, your friends are lucky to have you in their lives!!” writes another.
“I would be so happy to be your friend. It’s so clear that you love them and care about them and just want them to feel safe and happy,” someone else added.
Others shared their own ways of creating inclusive spaces in their homes.
“I have a framed picture of my Wi-Fi name and password in most rooms so guests don’t have to feel awkward asking,” one TikToker wrote.
“I have a projector so I can move things around and watch in my living room without the TV being centered!” someone else said.
Juliette’s advice was so well received that she made a second part as a follow-up.