There is nothing like going to someone’s home and seeing how they have prepared for your arrival. It makes traveling so much easier, and you feel welcomed upon your tired arrival.
We are getting prepared for several guests next week and wanted to share my checklist so you can see how I get my home “guest ready.”
Having guests over is fun yet can be stressful if we don’t prepare ahead of time. I have a space in my linen closet for “guest” things I accumulate throughout the year. This can help when unexpected folks come over.
Here are six of my favorite tips:
1. Prepare Guest Bedroom:
Have the guest bedroom ready with fresh linens, extra pillows, extra drawer space and a place to hang their clothes. Be sure to have extra covers and/or inflatable mattresses for several guests. Lastly, don’t forget to have a charging station, clock, mirror and fresh flowers in the room.
2. Prepare Guest Bath:
Have the guest bathroom thoroughly stocked with clean towels, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, lotions, soap, shavers, toilet paper, tissue and extra toiletries ready for your guests. In addition, I like to add travel sized ones so they can take them home with them.
3. Welcome Tray/Basket:
Have a welcoming tray or basket in their room with sparkling water/regular bottled water, cups, trail mix, advil, bath scrub, lotions, gels, napkins, treats, a candle, and magazines. In addition, a small note card with the wi-fi password is always a plus! I made this guest basket and added shower goodies and lotions for my guests to have. I thought it was a personal touch to make them feel welcome.
4. Iron/Hanger Closet:
Iron/Ironing Board: Have an extra iron and ironing board for their use. I have always found a hanging cart with hangers helpful to have in their room.
5. Guest Cart with food & desserts:
Stock your fridge with extra juices, food, fresh fruit, banana bread, cookies, desserts and all the necessities to supply your guests with food during their stay. I have found a buffet bar cart or table useful in my dining room that I can have it stocked with coffee, waters, dessert trays and small snacks during their day and night stay.
In addition, I always try to have fresh fruit and flowers in my dining room table.
Remember, there is nothing more lovely than to have a cozy home to share with great company! Let’s be happy and welcome our home and heart to our guests.
Have a blessed day!