The holidays are quickly approaching and many of us will be hosting friends and family overnight in our homes. Now is a good time to go through our guest rooms organizing and preparing them. After all, we want them to be welcoming, comfortable places—not dingy rooms that make our guests wish they had never come! Let’s consider a few tips on how to be ready for that soon-to-be arriving company.
- Check your stock of bedding and linens. Do you have enough sheets and blankets in the appropriate sizes? What condition is the bedding in? If it’s looking a bit worn, now is a good time to replace the old bedding for some new. How about pillows? Make sure you have enough for all your guests. Finally check your supply of towels and washcloths. It’s easy for these to become dingy and ragged without us noticing it. If you received your last new towels at your wedding shower 15 years ago, it’s time to replace them.
- Purchase a few extra hangers for the coat closet and the bedroom closets. People often bring dressy outfits for the holidays and will want to hang them up. Make sure you have enough hangers for each guest room.
- Give the guest room a thorough cleaning. Be sure to organize it so that there is room for your guests to put their things. If your home is already bursting at the seems and is cluttered, this may be a good time to remove some items and put them in storage units temporarily. Your home won’t seem nearly as crowded with the extra people in it when you have cleared out the extraneous items to allow for a little breathing room. This is one home improvement that is easy to do.
- Put together a care basket for each guest room containing comfort items and hygiene necessities your guests may have forgotten. Here’s a list of items to consider: toothpaste, toothbrushes, pain relievers, indigestion medicine, lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, safety pins, hairbrush, comb, razor, shaving cream, tissues, cold medicine and cough drops. Your guests will appreciate the thoughtfulness.
- In each sleeping room, try to provide a small flashlight and clock. Your guests may also enjoy a magazine or a good book too.
- Don’t forget to tell them where the drinks and snacks are just in case the munchies strike in the middle of the night.
Preparing your home for your guests ahead of time will help all of you to be relaxed and enjoy the holidays together. Put any unnecessary things in storage and add a few convenience items that let your guests know you’re glad they’ve arrived!