Now that Spring is in full force and we're counting down the days until Summer, plenty of us are scrambling to get our houses in order for guests who are planning on coming for a visit (whether we like it or not.) And while some overnight guests are definitely easier to deal with than others, it's still nice to have an inviting space for them to relax and unwind in during their stay.
In my current house, I have your typical spare bedroom containing a dresser, a couple of nightstands, and a queen-sized bed. It serves its purpose, but it's definitely not what I would consider to be an ideal guest space. About 99 percent of the time, the room is used to house baskets of folded laundry and suitcases that haven't been unpacked in weeks. But when visitors do come once or twice a year, I try and spruce it up as best I can.
The house I lived in before this one, however, had the perfect dedicated guest space, complete with it's own bathroom (which is ideal and eliminates most potential house guest conflicts.)
I had that particular guest room set up like a posh hotel, and if I ever get my act together, I plan on using some of these tips to make my current guest room feel comfortable for anyone who visits us this summer.
1. Luggage rack - Ok, so this is one trick I still use to make my guests feel right at home. I have a luggage rack, like what you'd find in a hotel closet, in a little alcove in one section of the room. It gives guests a place to put their suitcase and leave it open so they don't have to unpack when they're only staying over for a night or two. I highly recommend purchasing one.
2. Hotel Toiletries - Every single time I go to a hotel, I take home the little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and soaps that are left on the bathroom counters. (I may or may not steal help myself to handfuls of them off the housekeeping carts sometimes too.) These are perfect to leave out in the bathroom in a cute little basket for your guests -- they'll feel like they are at a fine resort.
3. Fluffy Towels - It's so important to have a set of super plush towels that are reserved strictly for guests, (I wish my husband understood this) for their use only. Make sure to leave a few extras out for guests who may like to use more than one.
4. Bottled Water - Don't you hate when you go to a hotel only to realize that there is no mini-bar in the room and you have to drink tap water out of nasty hotel glasses that may or may not have been cleaned with the same rag used to wash the sinks? (Gross, but it does happen.) Leave a couple bottles of water out for your guests on their nightstands so they don't have to run down to the kitchen in the middle of the night for a drink. They'll appreciate it -- I promise.
5. Keep it Simple - Make sure to keep decorations and clutter to a minimum in your guest space. The last thing guests need is a lack of space to put their toiletries and other personal items during their stay. Keep the tops of dressers and tables clear so they can make themselves at home and leave their stuff out if they please.
What other tips do you have for creating a comfortable guest space?
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