The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re entertaining it means house guests will also be arriving soon. Create a comfortable and inviting room to welcome friends and family and make them feel comfortable and cared for with this list of tips. It will ensure everyone is ready for a wonderful holiday.
If your guests will be lodging at your home, hand write a welcome note, place some books that might be of interest to them on their nightstand, or include fresh flowers in their room. Small details go a long way.
Nothing is more inviting after a long trip than a comfortable bed. Make up the bed with clean sheets and a simple bedspread. Don’t forget the extra blankets so they need not bother you when it gets cold. If your sheets and blankets have been stored for a while, give them a quick refresher with a tumble in the dryer.
Clear some space in closets and drawers to give your guests room to unpack their necessities.
WIFI AND ELECTRICAL POWER STRIPS
Where’s an outlet when you need one? Provide a power strip and your wifi password for guests to readily access. You can find some handy printables here.
Spruce up the bathroom and scrub anything that needs attention. Stock the bathroom with toilet paper and towels, then add an extra touch of home by providing your guests with the following:
- extra toothbrushes & floss
- blow dryer
- mouth wash
- feminine hygiene products
- shower gel
- disposable razors
- hair ties
- face cleanser – I always forget my facial cleanser!
- pain reliever, tums, sleep aid
In addition to the bathroom, do a clean up and upkeep of the house. Replace lightbulbs that are burned out, run a vacuum through the house, and dust what needs dusting. You and your guests will feel much better and relaxed in a clean home.
STOCK THE PANTRY
Sometimes guests don’t feel comfortable taking over your kitchen when they’re hungry or want to nibble on something late at night. Stock your pantry and let your guests know where they can find snacks and beverages.
You might already have this, but if not, provide a bedside lamp for easy reading.
This was recently noted as the number one stress-causer for houseguests when they come calling. Let them know where to find the thermostat and allow them to control the temps while they are in your home.
While you may be excited to spend time with your guests, give them the privacy they may need but may not feel comfortable asking.