Having guests for the holidays can be overwhelming, but at the same time, a lot of fun! Whether it is family or friends staying with you, everyone likes to make their guests feel as at home as possible. Here are a few quick and easy tips to make your guests’ stay easy and comfortable!
Light and Nightstand
Guests are not used to your space, so providing them with a light close by is necessary so they can move comfortably around the room, especially in the middle of the night. Also, a nightstand by the bed allows guests to keep their personal items, phone, and glass of water close by at night.
Lots of Pillows, Nice Sheets, and Extra Bedding
Great bedding is the key to a comfortable stay for your guests. Make sure you have plenty of pillows available, that way your guests can arrange the pillows to their exact liking. Soft sheets are always a great surprise to slip into when it is not your bed, and another way to make sure the bed is as comfortable as it can be. Be sure to provide extra bedding in case your guests get chilly!
Provide a basket of toiletries for your guests in case they forget anything or did not have enough room to pack it. If you like to store this basket out of sight, make sure to tell them where it is and that it is available for their use. Here are a few things that you can include in the basket: travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton swabs, various common medicines, deodorant, hair ties, a sewing kit, and stain remover.
Set out Towels
Have towels visible and easily accessible for guests. Placing them in a location where they don’t even have to ask makes it really easy, such as the bed or the bathroom counter.
A Place to Unpack and Store Suitcases
One of the best ways to feel right at home, is not having to live out of a suitcase. If you have a closet in the guest room, be sure to have ample empty hangers available. If you do not have a closet, be sure to provide a dresser so guests can neatly put their clothes away. Provide a space for them to tuck their suitcase so they do not have to step over it while walking from one side of the room to the next.
Wi-Fi Password & Anything Else Important
Once guests are settled into their space, the next most important thing is getting connected! Be sure to leave a note in a visible location providing your guests with the Wi-Fi password and any other important things they may need to know.
Magazines, Games, & Entertainment
In the living areas of your home, provide things to do during down time. Allow your guests the opportunity to entertain themselves. Make sure that these options are placed in a visible location so they do not have to ask and feel comfortable using them.
There is no better way to feel festive than to light a holiday-flavored candle! Playing holiday music throughout the home will also help make the atmosphere feel much more inviting with a little holiday cheer in the air.
Snacks & Drinks Available
Have extra snacks and drinks on hand for you guests. You do not want anyone to feel hungry or parched while they are staying with you. Everyone has different eating schedules and appetites, so this is a great way to be prepared for anything.
De-Clutter and Clean Before Hand
Before your guests arrive, make sure your home is clean so you are not cleaning while they are there. Furthermore, simply making sure surfaces are cleared of unimportant objects makes a big difference. Do not feel like you have to go through every junk drawer and closet. The most important thing is that your guests should not feel as though they are tiptoeing around your personal things.