Having guests stay at your home can be one of the most fun parts of the holidays. If you have a designated guest room, there are ways you can make the experience extra special for your friends and family. The effort you put into prepping the space and adding personalized touches will have a huge impact on them.
Try these simple tricks and thoughtful additions to help your guests feel right at home in your home over the holidays.
Guest Room Prep Ideas
Tidy everything up
Right before your guests arrive, go through the room and give it a good cleaning. Vacuum the floors, dust and wipe down the surfaces, and wash the linens. Even if you keep the room clean on a regular basis, it’s good to freshen everything up so it’s in its best shape possible for your guests. You could also burn a candle for a while so it takes on a nice, pleasant smell if the room is stale or if you don’t like the smell of the cleaning products.
Spruce up the bathroom
In addition to cleaning the bathroom, put out things like fresh towels, face cloths, and soap. We also recommend putting together a basket with toiletries your guests can use in case they forgot anything, such as shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Replenish any of those items that your last guests used.
Freshen the bed
Make sure there are plenty of pillows on the bed to give it a nice, luxurious look and fluff them up. Smooth out the sheets and place a blanket at the end of the bed. Have extra pillows and blankets handy in case your guests need any. If you want to take it a step further, leave a chocolate on the pillow to really make them feel like they’re staying at a hotel.
Set out creature comforts
To make your guests feel at home, include some thoughtful creature comforts in the room like bottled water, a coffee station, books or magazines, white robes, chargers for their electronics, and the WiFi password.
Take it a step further and find out what your guests personally like. Is there a certain kind of coffee they like to start their day with? Do they like to read the newspaper in the morning? Does a sound machine help them fall asleep? Going the extra mile by including personalized touches in the room will make your guests feel special and cared for.
Add some holiday touches
Decorating your guest bedroom for the holidays will help put your guests in the holiday spirit. Just a few touches can make a big difference. Some ideas are to put a small tree on the dresser, add some lighted garland to the headboard, and place some charming décor around the room to make things festive. Just a few items will go a long way.