Home Decor

Visitors on the Way? How to Prep Your Guestroom in a Snap

Hotel RoomMaybe your mom wants to come up for a visit with the family for a few days, or perhaps your friend from college and her family will be in town for a night and want to see you. Whatever the reason, you have guests coming and your spare room is a mess. Not to worry. Here are a few quick ways to get your guest room situated for them.

Take Inventory

First, assess the sleeping situation to make sure the bed will accommodate your guests and that you have enough blankets and pillows. Put fresh sheets on the bed, and leave spare pillows and blankets at the foot. Call your guests to inquire if anyone is allergic to down comforters. If the blankets, sheets and pillow cases have been collecting dust in your closet or under the bed, give them a wash before laying them out.

Assess the Convenience Level

Your guests will likely want to read or watch TV in bed, so ensure there is a bedside table with a working lamp. Leave a pitcher of water and some glasses on the night stand too. You don’t want your guests to feel uncomfortable wandering around your home in the middle of the night just because they have a parched throat. Leave a night light on in the hallway if you don’t have an attached bathroom. Make sure there are uncluttered and accessible outlets where your guests can recharge their phones, computers and other devices. Adjust the temperature of the room according to their preferences, but you may want to leave out a space heater or fan in case your guests get uncomfortable during the night.

Make it Homey

If your guest room is actually a spare room that acts as a play room, office and craft room, it’s time to make it more homey to welcome your visitors. You don’t want them to feel like an after thought. Clean out the room as well as the closet so they have a spot to put their things. This is for longer-stay guests of course. Add some scented candles, throw pillows, and a vase of fresh-cut flowers. You can even spritz the bed sheets with a lightly-scented linen spray, set out a basket of toiletries and fresh towels, and stock some magazines for their reading enjoyment, suggests Good Housekeeping.

Stock the Bathroom

Hopefully, the guest room has a bathroom attached. If not, you’ll just have to do a little more de-cluttering of the main bathroom. Clear a space for the guests to put their toiletries, then stock it with new toothbrushes and toothpaste. Add a plush robe, clean cotton towels and wash cloths, some special decorative soap, and small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, says Martha Stewart.

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