Holiday Guests are Arriving!
Knock, knock… there heeere! Yes, your holiday guests have arrived! Are you ready? With all the hustle & bustle of the holidays, now is the time to take a few hours to prepare for your guests. I am not suggesting anything that takes too much time or money. But this little list is really a game changer when it comes to hosting:
1.) A clean space – sounds silly but we have all used our guest rooms as a storage spot forgetting what we’ve parked there. Make sure the room is tidy, leave space on top of the dresser, provide a closet that has a little space to hang their clothes (don’t forget to include some hangers) and a place to set a suitcase.
2.) A good mattress and bedding - Often because it is the least used bedroom in the house it gets the worst mattress and “leftover” bedding. Um, no! Not a good approach. You don’t have to spend a fortune but a good “grown up” mattress is important. Sheets should always be fresh. I always prefer white, don’t you? Also, make sure your guests stay warm and cozy! Have an extra blanket, coverlet or duvet handy for them if they need it in the middle of the night.
3.) Let’s talk about a good Wi-Fi password – this one always makes me laugh! We used to have a crazy set of numbers and letters for ours. And typically, no one could recall it because our devices just connected when we walked in the door. So, when our guests asked for the password we would all be crouched around the back of the unit hardware with a flashlight trying to read the password. Seriously? Now we have converted it to something we can all remember and can easily share. You can even have it on a notecard in your guest room if you are an overachiever!
4.) Lighting – make sure you have a bedside lamp (or two) for reading. This is so important in a guestroom because often your guests are late nighters or early risers and want to just relax in bed. A lamp gives them the chance to read or just have softer lighting in their room as they relax. Also, a night light is a great idea. Try a motion sensor night light – that way the room stays dark unless they are up into the wee hours of the night.
5.) Full Length Mirror – this is such a great add to a guest room. Bonus points for this addition.
6.) Fun amenities – a basket of magazines, a carafe of water & glasses, a jar of hotel bath amenities, a cell phone charging station, flowers, a little holiday décor, or a welcome basket. Sounds fancy but these simple touches are just a few things that a gracious host can provide.
So, cheers to welcoming friends and family into your home this holiday season! A little preparation goes a long ways in making your guests feel great. They will remember it and likely make a few additions of their own when they get home.