It’s fantastic to have a cozy and comfortable guest room for your friends and family, especially during the holidays. I remember when we moved into our home, I had such fun picking out the crisp white bedding for our guest room, stocking the bathroom with monogrammed towels and little toiletries, and anxiously awaiting our first houseguest. As the years rolled on and lots of loved ones came to stay with us, I learned a great deal about preparing for houseguests, and how to make their visit special. First things first, and that’s preparing the guest room (or sofa if you don’t have an actual guest room). Here are my tips and cheers to the week ahead!
If You Have a Guest Room…
- Make sure your guest room features the essentials – a bed fitted with clean linens, fluffy pillows, and a warm duvet or blanket.
- Clear the dresser and closet, and fill it with hangers so they can unpack. A thoughtful touch: place a lavender sachet in the dresser or closet and your guest(s) will enjoy the relaxing aroma!
- Leave magazines and books (tailor the selection to your guest) on the nightstand, and place the remote in the drawer.
- Double check that all of the lights in the guest room work.
- Fill the house – including the guest room – with vases of fresh flowers.
- Leave a deliciously scented candle and matches – I love Diptyque – on their nightstand.
- Stock your guest bathroom with plenty of clean towels (bonus points for a plush robe!), soaps, bubble bath, shampoo and conditioner, disposable razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton balls, and q-tips. I also like to leave some nice lotion in the drawer, as well as a hair dryer and brush.
- Make sure guests have easy access to the iron and steamer in case they need to refresh any clothes after their day of travel.
- Let them know where you keep the medicine cabinet, should they become sick.
- Stock your kitchen with the basics: bottled water, juice, milk, fruit, bread, cheese, crackers, and any snacks or drinks that you know they like.
If You Don’t Have a Guest Room…
- Provide your guest(s) with the options of staying at a hotel or your home. If they opt to stay in a hotel, offer a selection of nearby properties that they can choose from. If they‘d like to stay with you, follow these tips:
- If your guest is sleeping on the sofa, once it’s time for bed, place a mattress pad on top of the sofa cushions, followed by clean linens, fluffy pillows, and a warm duvet or blanket.
- Just as listed above, leave magazines and books on the end table or coffee table, as well as the remote.
- Make sure the bathroom is sparkling clean, and well-stocked with the following supplies: clean towels, bubble bath, soaps, shampoo and conditioner, disposable razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton balls, q-tips, hand lotion, hair dryer and a brush. Follow the above tips on giving guests access to the iron and steamer, as well as the medicine cabinet.
- Fresh flowers, scented candles, and plenty of savory snacks and libations still apply, so don’t forget to practice your floral arranging skills and stop by the market before your guests arrive.