This is the time of year when lots of us are either hosting guests or being guests somewhere! When you’re hosting guests, your guest room matters. Most of us use our guest room for additional storage or keep the room closed up so we don’t have to clean it as often. That can result in an inhospitable room without meaning to! Keeping the room closed up can make it musty or cold. Using it for extra storage (while good use of the space when no one is staying in it!) can result in a messy or cluttered space, not a welcoming one for your guests. Not to worry, if you’re hosting this season we have you covered! Get your guest room ready with these tips.
Clean out the closet
We’ve already mentioned the need to clean out your guest room closet (and maybe your coat closet or entry closet too!) but it bears repeating. Your guests should have a proper place to stow their suitcase, or bags, and somewhere to hang their clothes. Holidays often come with dress clothes, so providing room to hang a dress, suit, slacks, etc. will make your guests’ holiday “get ready” go smoothly. While you’re at it, think about adding a steamer or iron to your guest room closet or guest bathroom, or at least offer one to your guests upon arrival.
Add a basket or tray of things guests may need
The key to being a great host is that your guests should never have to ask for something. We like to add a basket or tray of things guests may need while they are at your home. Towels can either be left in the bathroom, or on the bed, in this basket, etc, just make sure they are clean, dry, smell fresh, and available to your guests. Add a bottle of water per guest (to make it really count, we suggest avoiding single-use plastics, and use something these glass bottles which can be filled and re-filled while they stay at your house, easily taken on outings!). Additional things to think about: a toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, phone charger, and socks.
Fluff the pillows and remake the bed to make your guest room ready
If your guest room is used often, this might not be necessary, but remember that it may have been a while since anyone has been in the room. Ensure that the pillows are not dusty or musty by re-washing pillowcases, fluffing pillows and blankets, and/or re-make the bed entirely. If your cat uses your guest room as their personal relaxation retreat, wash and replace the comforter or duvet cover and pillow shams before your guests arrive.
WiFi password, house key, door code make guests feel at home
If you have a WiFi network, ensure that your guests can access it easily by noting the network and password somewhere visible to your guests. This can be something written on the kitchen chalkboard, or posted on a sticky note in the guest room. A nice touch if you’re not changing it often, is to put it inside a small picture frame somewhere in the guest room. It could be sat on the nightside table, or hung on the wall by a mirror! Leave a house key for your guests to use while they are staying with you, especially if they will be there for more than a day or two. A house key or electronic door code of their own will provide your guests with the flexibility to come and go as needed.
Ensure there is a reading lamp, a towel hook, and a mirror in the guest room
If you’ve ever had to stand on a toilet to try and see what you look like, you’ll realize the importance of a mirror! A full-length mirror that is accessible to your guests will help them feel secure in what they are wearing. Have a mirror of at least some kind in the guest room. Allow your guests to know what they are looking like before they pop out of the room for morning coffee or swipe on a little makeup before they leave for the day. Ensure that there is a reading or task lamp by the bed: your guests aren’t familiar with your guest room and might bump into things in the dark. Provide a place to hang a wet towel after they come out of the shower, especially if there isn’t an en-suite bath. Wall hooks can double as coat or handbag hangers and will never be unwelcome!
Prepare your guest bath for guests
Add a plunger! Remember how we said the key to being a great host is that your guests should never have to ask for something? Imagine the embarrassment of having to ask for a plunger! Especially if you have an older home or older toilet, place a plunger by the toilet, or at least under the bathroom sink, should your guests need it. Also, stock up on extra TP visible to guests in case they run out!
Get guest room ready, and see your home fill up with friends, family, and memories. If you need help with any of the pre-guest work – light demo, hauling away a junk pile, closet, shed, or garage cleanout, we’re happy to help make your home a better place to host. Call us today at (510) 421-1730, and let’s chat about what we can do for you! Check out our FAQ to get started!