With the holiday season approaching, it is important to ensure that your guest room covers all the bases to ensure your friends and family feel at home. While you can follow these tips we suggest below, you might also wish to email or call your guests and ask if you can get them anything for the duration of their stay; a polite and thoughtful gesture.
Empty Drawers and Plenty of Hangers
I know that many people spill into their home offices and guest bedrooms for extra storage space, but ensure the drawers and cupboards in your guest bedroom are clean and empty for any visitors. Guests want to feel welcome and comfortable unpacking their belongings in a way that would translate into their own set-up at home. We recommend leaving at least a dozen empty hangers in the closet for your guests to hang up their jackets, dresses and shirts.
Fresh Fruit & Water
Like everyone else, house guests also get the nibbles at night so consider placing a couple bowls of fresh fruit such as apples, pears or oranges. A carafe with two empty glasses is also important to include so your guests can keep hydrated throughout the day and at night.
Extra Blankets and Pillows
There is nothing worse than staying overnight and being a) too cold or b) unable to sleep because a pillow is too soft or hard. Supply your guests with plenty of pillow alternatives (i.e. hard, soft) and a couple of super fuzzy blankets in the cupboard so they know they have extra warmth if they need it.
How often have you forgotten shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste or soap? Eliminate this fear by already thinking ahead and put out some fresh toiletries and other goodies (such as bath salts and candles) for your guests to enjoy and use. Also ensure there is enough loo roll for the duration of their stay. We would recommend purchasing a whole pack of loo roll and keeping it under the sink or in a basket just in case.
Tip! A good idea is to keep all your spare toiletries such as soap, lotion, toothpaste and candles all on one tray for an ordered and clean appearance. We love the Bamboo Tray in Grey Parsi
Fresh Flowers are always a nice touch as they create a soft, welcoming ambience for your guests to enjoy. If you would rather not spend on fresh flowers, some potpourri, a candle or a diffuser are all excellent alternatives or additions.
If you have recently read a good book, why not share it with your guest! Some books might include short stories, travel books, an assortment of magazines, classic novels, or even an up-to-date newspaper will provide quiet-time activities for your guest.
Fresh Towels and Linens
Similar to ensuring you have extra blankets in case it is a little chilly, make sure you also have extra fresh towels and linens in the cupboards in case there is an accident or your guest would like to change the sheets for you after they leave.
If your guests are visiting you from a location abroad, you might consider supplying them with a convertor for their phones, tablets and computers so they don’t have to worry about purchasing one if they forgot theirs or just need a spare. You might also leave some spare chargers by the nightstand for them to use as well.
Slippers & Robes
Slippers are such a luxury in themselves to keep your feet warm and snug during the cold, winter months. Whenever you visit a hotel and notice there are slippers and robes in the closet, doesn’t it put a smile across your face? It enables your guests to have a warm shower after a long day and feel comfortable and warm.
There are always various things you need to throw away and having an obvious place for them to go is helpful. A private wastebasket in your spare bedroom saves your guests the hassle of having to leave the room to take care of something.