I don’t normally accept guest posts because I’m fully aware that people come to my blog to read what I wrote — however, when Laura shared this post with me several weeks ago, I thought it was a great topic (one that I haven’t written on before) and had some really great ideas.
About 2 months ago, we FINALLY got our guest bedroom fully set up. We always had a spot for guests to stay, but up until a couple months ago, we didn’t officially have a nice guest bedroom. I’m happy to say that even before reading Laura’s tips, I implemented many of these niceties into our guest bedroom… and our most recent guests (my sister and her husband) approved of the new space!
Guest post from Laura (a loyal blog reader):
I am sure if you are anything like me, you probably set up your guest room/space once and called it “done.” And why shouldn’t you? Most likely, the people who are coming are doing so to see you, not to be impressed with your surroundings. But that said, with a little bit of planning, you can be sure that your home will be welcoming and enjoyable for visitors.
Here are my top 10 tips to get your house ready for visitors… just be careful — if you make it too comfortable, they may never leave!
1. Sleep in the room for a night.
Or at the very least, go through your bedtime routine in the room/space where your visitors will be staying. I guarantee you will adjust something after doing this.
- Is there a place to charge their phone or computer?
- Is there a place to hang a wet towel? Wet bathing suits? Bathrobe?
- Is there a place to put their suitcases or other bags without constantly tripping over them?
- Are there hangers in the closet?
- Is there a mirror in the room somewhere?
- Do you have a bedside lamp — or at least a reading light?
- Is there a clock and/or an alarm clock?
2. Remove your personal possessions.
Before your guests arrive, take things out of their space that you know you will probably use while they are there. For example, I keep my dustbuster in the guest room, so I make sure to stash it somewhere else during their stay. In the event that I need to use it, I won’t have to disrupt their privacy.
3. Be tech-ready.
- Share your Wi-Fi password
- Have a 3×5 card explaining how to log onto your computer
- Tape a quick “how to note” on the TV remote, DVD player, etc.
4. Declutter the room if you can.
- Move knickknacks (picture frame displays, office supplies, etc.) off surfaces that your guests may want to use. Remember — for the time they are staying with you, it’s THEIR space! Especially if it’s out in the open, help them keep it tidy.
- If furniture is too bulky, shift it to another location, if possible.
5. Conquer the basics.
Make sure you have clean sheets on the bed, extra blankets within easy reach, and fresh towels (including washcloths) in the bathroom. If you don’t have what you need, borrow from a friend (in advance) or head to the store.
6. Add some personal touches.
A photo (blast from the past), a funny note they wrote to you, a picture of their husband/wife if they are traveling without their significant other — all of these are super nice personal touches that might just “put the cherry on top” of their stay.
7. Think in advance about the “need to knows”
How many houses/hotels have you gone to and had problems working the shower? Or how many houses have you been to where you wake up with super bright sun in your eyes because you didn’t know you needed to close the blinds ALL the way? These are all things to consider telling your guests before they turn in for the night.
Also, if other people in the family might be up early/moving around near where your guests are sleeping — make sure you tell them these things so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises!
8. Provide all the necessities.
Gather bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion, etc. and put them in a cute little bag or basket for your guests to use. This is a great way to utilize sample-size products or all those hotel freebies!
9. Add little touches.
A few flowers, a sweet card/drawing from your child, etc. will welcome them to your house.
And who wouldn’t love a bottle of water on the nightstand, a goody bag with an apple and a granola bar, or even some homemade baked goods?
10. Plan the logistics and activities.
Before your guests arrive, take a few moments to think about their entire stay.
- Will they need public transportation?
- If they are coming to the city, get them a subway/bus pass and map.
- If you think you’ll want to ride bikes, borrow a few extras from friends.
- If they like to go to the gym, ask around at local gyms — many places give free week long passes if you ask in advance.
By following these simple tips, you can be sure that you and your home are ready for visitors!