With having a family that is expanding and friends from visiting for a time, I’ve learned the importance of having a guest room ready beforehand.
No matter how organized I might think I am, especially around the holidays, I know how last minute organizing can be very stressful with other things to do on my to-do list. One minute you might be shopping for gifts and then suddenly you have guests coming at your door for the holidays and the guest room is still not ready.
When it comes to hosting, planning is really everything. You can easily minimize the stress by getting your guest room ready in no time.
Check out these 6 ways to get your home guest-ready!
1. Declutter the Room
If your spare room has become your new dumping ground for everything now is the time to declutter.
The best way to tackle decluttering is making piles. Make piles for things to keep or donate. For the things you are keeping make sure you put them where they belong or find a home for them in your household. For the items you donate, make sure you schedule a time to drop them off, so they don’t pile up somewhere new in your home or car.
2. Get the Bed Ready
Once the room is clutter-free now you want to make sure the bed is ready. When was the last time you cleaned the pillows and duvets?
Pillows should be washed every couple of months. With most pillows, such as feather, down, and hollow fiber pillows, you can wash them in the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle with warm water and a small amount of detergent for feather and down. Tumble dry on low.
If you have a small duvet it likely can fit within your laundry machine. With larger duvets you might need to find a larger one at a local launderette.
Make sure you always check the labels on the pillows and duvets as most of the time there will be special washing instructions.
3. Free Up Closet Space
If you have guests that are staying for a couple of days, they might appreciate having some closet or drawer space to store their clothing and belongings.
I like to sprinkle baking soda on the carpet in the closet. I then let it shit for 15 minutes and vacuum it up. The baking soda freshens up the closet if there are any musty smells.
For drawers, make sure you vacuum any dirt or dust out of them. Use the crevice nozzle attachment to get the dirt in the corners.
Free up some closet or drawer space if you can. If you have items already within the spare room, try using vacuum bags that can easily be stowed away under the bed.
4. Add a Personal Touch
It’s always nice to add your personal touch to the guest room when guests arrive. Put some fresh flowers a plant, or holiday greenery in the room. Add your favorite stack of favorite books or recent magazines.
5. Provide Some Bathroom Essentials
I love having a fresh towel and wash cloth ready for any guests that arrive. Most of the time guests that come to my home don’t travel with their own personal towel and wash cloth considering a lot of the time luggage space is limited with other items.
If you are one of those people that take hotel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or body washes, these make great bathroom essentials to provide to your guest if they are staying for a couple extra days.
6. Technology Necessities
Anyone will appreciate having some technology necessities within their room. Phone chargers on either side of the bed are a great idea. You can also add an air purifier to keep the air in the room feeling clean and fresh. Providing the Wi-Fi information on a piece of paper can really be handy for guests that are visiting and need to connect to check emails or simply browse.