Overnight guests can come at any point during the year, but the holiday season certainly makes it much more likely. I adore visitors and honestly live to entertain. Despite this, being a guest doesn’t always make me feel super comfortable. For that reason, I put a lot of effort into making sure my guests feel “at home” in mine. I can’t control what goes on in the outside world, but I can control what goes on in my own, and I want it to be a haven.
So how do you make sure that your guests feel at home in yours? Here are just a few steps you can take to make your house their home.
Maybe you have it more together than I do, but I have never not forgotten something when traveling, and I have to think I’m not alone. Having toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a comb, cotton balls and bubble bath is not only a wonderfully thoughtful gesture for your guests, it also doubles as backups in case your own stash dwindles before you have time to head back to the grocery store. You can be as luxurious or practical with the items you stock in your guest area, it will be appreciated either way. If you’re feeling extra crafty and kind, you could even try out these incredible bubble bath recipes on our Pinterest board!
2. Comfortable & Warm Bedding
This may seem like a no brainer, but the guest room is often the room that gets the leftover items when you refresh your own bedding. Guest bedding doesn’t need to be as luxurious as the set you use regularly, but it is worth investing in. Even if you opt for something less expensive, it’s imperative that you find something that is beautiful and warm so that guests don’t feel like leftovers. My favorite way to ensure that my guests are comfortable is by switching my master bedroom bedding with the guest room bedding. I always have at least 3 different sets of bedding, so I just use whatever isn’t being used in my own bedroom. If it’s nice enough for the master, it’s nice enough for the guest room!
3. Hangers & a Steamer
When your guests are unpacking, they will undoubtedly have an item or two they wish to hang. Make sure you clear out a few feet of hanging space in your closet and make it neat and tidy. Stuffing all of your items to one side of the closet can make your guests feel like you quickly threw items out of the way to make room for them, making them feel like an inconvenience. Take this opportunity to purge the items you no longer need, and tuck away the ones you do in an organized fashion. Additionally, their clothing will likely need a refresh after being packed away in a suitcase. Leave an easy to use steamer in the closet so that they don’t have to fumble around for an ironing board. They’ll likely be pressed for time and want to spend every minute with their fabulous host, so make their job of getting dressed quick and easy! I also love the idea of letting them know that you’ll be running a load of laundry should they need anything washed during their visit.
4. Chargers and wifi password.
Nothing is more awkward than saying goodnight to your hosts, heading to your room and realizing you need the wifi password. Don’t make them text you to obtain that info, and absolutely don’t let their phone die on them. Providing the wifi network and password and chargers is so thoughtful, and again, you’ll thank yourself next time you lose your charger and need a backup.
5. Candles and Artwork
Make the room beautiful and cozy with some artwork (instead of photos of you and your family, so they don’t feel like they are invading your space). It should be something fairly neutral and soothing but still reflect your style. Candles also add a fresh scent and cozy atmosphere! Light it right before guests arrive so they feel special and welcomed (just don’t forget about it!) Another great option is to buy the LED candles that hides the fact that it’s not a real flame!
6. Fresh, new towels
Soft, high quality towels are a perfect way to make your guests feel at home and spoiled. Not only that, but they are beautiful to have displayed when not in use. You won’t regret investing in amazing towels that will last for years to come!
While there are countless ways to ensure your guest room is just right for your guests, this list is an excellent starting point.