Make A Houseguest Guide With Alexa

“Alexa, where’s the cat litter?” (Photo: Fabian Hurnaus)

The Houseguest Guide on Alexa Skill Blueprints lets you program your Alexa to answer questions for housesitters, babysitters and other guests. You can explain the TV remotes, the garbage routine, and the trick to make the shower work, and Alexa will wrap it all inside a Houseguest Guide skill.

The Amazon Echo is banned in my house for privacy reasons, so we’ll just have to use the old-fashioned method of emailing our guests a house guide, then texting them about all the stuff we left out. Works for us.

But if you’ve gotten used to relying on Alexa for all kinds of household questions, this is a convenient way to build a comprehensive guide without handing your guest a giant document that feels like homework.

Fill your guide with the recommended items from our post “How to Be the Perfect Host in the 21st Century”, and our guest information packet, a PDF on Wayback. To use your guide, visitors just ask Alexa to “open the home guide”.


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