If you are like me, you probably have family and friends come to visit for the holidays and would rather they spent time at your house than a hotel. I live in a completely different state than most of my relatives and I want them to feel as at home as possible so they keep coming back. Here are some things that I do to our get our guest room ready for guests so that they feel at home, especially during the holiday months.
- Clean. I make sure that I clean the room from top to bottom. Since the guest room is only used when guests come, I often just keep the door closed when there is no one there, so there is dust that needs cleaned up. I clean the windows on the inside and outside to make sure they have a great view of the beautiful sunsets, sunrises or snow. Of course vacuum and wash the bedding.
- Make the bed. Since some of my guests have skin allergies I make sure and wash the sheets, pillow cases and blankets all in Dreft. However, you can use any dye free and fragrance free laundry detergent; I just use Dreft because I liked it when my daughter was an infant. Even if you wash the bedding after the guests have left you will want to wash it a few days or a week before new guests arrive.
- Bedding. Make sure when you make the bed that you have plenty of bedding for your guests. A fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow cases on each pillow, a light blanket and a comforter are good to always have on a bed. If it is cold you might add a couple blankets folded on the foot of the bed for your guests to use. Maybe an electric blanket as well or a down comforter. Also be sure that you have plenty of covers in the guest closet in case they need more or want to put bedding they’re not going to use away.
- Place for clothing. My guest room also doubles as storage for some items; however I always make sure that there is room in the closet for my guests to hang their clothes up in so they don’t feel like they are having to live out of their suitcase the entire time they are here.
- De-clutter. Take boxes or storage items that do not fit in the closet out of the room so the guests don’t feel like they are having to stay in the storage room.
- Fan. My in-laws like to sleep with a fan on for ‘white’ noise, so I make sure I keep a fan in the room that anyone can use. I’ve also found that some of my guests think we keep the house too warm so they have been thankful that we had a fan in the room for them to use.
- Alarm clock. Whether you guests use it or not it is nice to have an alarm clock in the room. They can use it for a radio, to listen to the news when they’re going to bed or just getting up, just for a clock or for an alarm.
- Basket of necessities. I always have a basket in the corner of the room that contains a towel and hand towel for each guest, new tooth brushes and tooth paste, deodorant, razors, travel size shampoo and conditioner and soap. Especially with the way that the airlines are these days, I want to be sure that my guests have these things without having to go purchase new stuff just for the weekend or week that they are here.
- Lighting. Make sure that besides the general light in the middle of the ceiling that you also have a reading lamp or two in case your guests like to read a book before going to bed or when they wake up.
- Television. This is something that I’ve just added this year. My parents like to watch the news in the mornings and since they get up before we do I decided to put a TV in the room so they didn’t have to come out to the living room and try to be quiet.
I know my guests enjoy their stay here and hopefully with these tips your guests will too.