Here it is the middle of October and we are still waiting for our first real snow fall of the season, amazing! It has been a treat enjoying the longer fall season this year! Of course, with all of these fall and Halloween decorations and my pumpkin tea mean the holidays are approaching quickly! It may still be just over a month until Thanksgiving... yes, I said a MONTH! Then you know as well as I do, it is a roller coaster from there. Ok, focus, I know I just sent your mind in a million different directions, put down that cookbook, you will have plenty of time to sort out your recipes later. First, is your home ready for your holiday guests?
What about that guest room? Has it become a miscellaneous junk magnet? Is it housing leftovers from that end of summer party? Now is the time to take inventory and whip it into shape!
Before we get to the list, you'll want to clear out anything that doesn't belong in the guest room and give it a good deep cleaning. If it is your home office, tame your desk and file your paperwork away, clear any flat spaces for your guests and make sure there is plenty of room to move around, so if the treadmill needs to be moved to your room or the basement, now is a good time to get it squared away.
1. Furnishings & Decor - Your basic essentials for your guests. A comfy bed of course, comfy for a good nights rest, but ok, so maybe not too comfy you wouldn't want them to over sleep their alarm to catch the airport shuttle back home!
Nightstand and preferably two if both sides of a queen or king bed are accessible. It doesn't have to be a traditional night stand, it could be a stack of old suitcases, or a short shelf, or a cube. Something you can set a lamp, alarm clock, phone and glass of water on. Luggage rack or bench at the end of the bed for their luggage. Simple right?
Decor - Is the room looking a bit tired or unwelcoming? A quick coat of new paint can help. So can a few pieces of tasteful artwork, even your own photos work, wall decor, or a mirror. A few accessories and decorative pillows, etc. You want your guests to feel welcome, yes it's ok to go the extra mile. Keep in mind, if you decorate your whole home for the holidays, seasonal decor can help spruce up your room as well. Have fun with it!
2. Fresh linens - Back to that comfy bed! If you're in my house, the sheets are always either super soft and comfy sateen or flannel. A pretty bedspread, quilt or comforter or a combination and blankets, have extra blankets available so that they can be easily found if needed. Plenty of pillows! It's always a good idea to have different comfort levels as well, a firmer and a softer one and keep in mind of any possible allergies. If your bed has been sitting there made up from your last house guest and it's been more than a couple of weeks, the sheets are probably not as fresh any more. The week or so before your guests arrival, strip it and toss them in the dryer with a sachet or dryer sheet to freshen them up!
Towels, plenty of fresh, clean, fluffy towels! If your guest room does not have an attached bath, roll up towels and leave them on the bed so that your guest do not need to feel like they are snooping around looking for a towel or washcloth.
If your guest bed is an air mattress of any kind and you do not live in the tropical southern regions of the world, add a heated mattress pad to your list of linens. Preferably one with duel temperature controls. In cold climates, it can take up to a week for the air temperature in the mattress to get even close to comfortable and if you keep your home cool during the day, the floor is colder and will not warm up. Since the cold is radiating from the mattress, no amount of blankets on the top ever help and by 3 am, teeth are chattering. Even the fleece blanket below the sheet isn't working anymore. Trust me, been there done that! The heated mattress pads block the cold and provide a comfortable nights sleep for your guest. Remind your guests to "warm" it up about 30 min before retiring for best results. Bonus they get to crawl into a warm bed instead of icy sheets! P.S. This is also a lovely treat for a regular mattress if you live in snowy cold climates like we do!
3. Storage - If your guest room closet is where you also store seasonal clothing, etc. Make sure you make some room and leave extra hangers for anything they would like to hang up. Same for a dresser, clear out a drawer or two.
4. Electronics - Even though most guests will use their smart phones, it's nice to have a simple alarm clock just in case. Speaking of smart phones those puppies need power! So, if necessary make sure there are plenty of outlets for all the gadgets to charge, maybe add an extension cord, a power strip or a 3-way outlet. Be careful, not to get overloaded! It's ok to disconnect a few things to reduce the overload.
Your wi-fi password! Pinterest has several examples of cute ways of printing it out and framing it for the guest room.
Lighting, even if there is an overhead light in the room, provide a lamp by the bed for reading, nothing is worse than trying to walk back to bed in a dark and unfamiliar room. Remember your grandma's nite lites when you were a kid? Yep! Leave one turned on in the bath so that your guests can find it with ease. Now there are ones that have solar sensors that turn pin when it's dark, one less thing to remember.
5. Creature comforts - Fresh flowers or plant in the room, keep in mind your guests, any allergies and of course be careful if there are little ones coming! A small tray with a couple of glasses and either a carafe or bottled water and maybe a few packaged snacks. Reading material, maybe a magazine, a photography book or if you're in a resort area like we are brochures and maps of area attractions. A scented candle and matches. The list goes on and on! Think about when you stay in a hotel, think of the things you need at night and in the morning, etc.
Of course, once you have your home ready, it will be easy to decorate, party, plan, shop, and cook! Yea right, at least it will be one thing off your list and it will be ready to go! If this still seems overwhelming, contact us for assistance! Whether your near or far, we can help you put it all together!
So I sat down to write a short blog for preparing your guest room for the holidays and what happened? So many tips for more than just the guest room came to mind! So, instead of one article, I've decided I'm starting a series for preparing for those holiday guests! This will be the first in the series, so come on back for more or Even easier, click here sign up for email reminders! Easy peasy!