With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to get things ready for the hustle and bustle of the season. This includes everything from decorating your home to preparing your guest room for visitors. If you’ve been using your guest room as a catch-all space, now is the time to clear the clutter, dust the cobwebs and fluff the pillows. With a few simple touches here and there, your guests may never want to leave.
Before the Holiday Fun
Before you can think about all of the fun things to plan for your holiday guests, you have to start with a clean space. This goes for the whole home, as well as the guest room. Clean the room from the top down. For instance, if there is a ceiling fan, dust that first, then clean windows, dressers, the bed, and finally the floor. This way you won’t have to clean anything twice once the dust settles.
Making the Room Inviting
The room that your holiday guests will occupy should be comfortable and inviting. This room does not have to scream Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas; leave that to the dining room centerpiece. Decorate the room in soft tones with lots of texture. For the bed, layer it with high thread-count sheets, a blanket, a down comforter, and a throw. Your guests will have all of the layers they need to stay nice and cozy.
Getting the room ready also includes making sure that your guests have everything they need right at hand. A good checklist for holiday guests includes:
- A water bottle by the bed
- A lamp on the nightstand
- A fan for white noise
- An alarm clock
- Light reading material
- A power strip for charging their gadgets
- Holiday themed snacks
Finally, scent goes a long way. Fill the room with flowering plant such as lavender to create a relaxing retreat. Additionally, lavender or pine sachets tucked into the drawers will make everything fresh and inviting during their stay.
Clean Room, Clean Guests
One area that is often forgotten when planning for holiday guests is the bathroom. Create a bathroom basket for your guests that can be placed in the guest bath, or placed in the guest room if they are sharing a bathroom. Include things like shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, a washcloth and towel, a toothbrush, and lotion. These small touches will have a big impact on making sure your guests feel welcome and at home.
Make A List and Check it Twice
When holiday guests are coming to town, you may need to make a few concessions. Since your guests are traveling to come and see you, the least you can do is make sure that they have a safe stay. Ask guests if they have any food, pet, or other allergies. It would be a shame to make a pecan pie only to find out they are allergic to nuts.
Details such as their arrival dates and departures are key. Not only do you need to know how long guests are staying, but it is important to know how they will get to you. Do they need to be picked up at the airport? Do you have several guests coming that could all arrive together? Be sure to know times and terminal numbers so there is no confusion.
Good Holiday Fun
Have a great time with your guests. Plan out activities you think they would enjoy, and ask them to plan some things too. Coming up with plans together keeps everyone in the loop and ensures that you’ll have a memorable visit.
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