Happy Friday! As you’re heading into this weekend just before Christmas, there may be a good chance you’re preparing for company! Whether its immediate or extended family coming into town, your kiddos home from college or wherever they may be living, dear family friends, or anyone else who needs a place to stay… I’ve teamed up with Wayfair to help bring y’all some tips to make whoever you have coming into your home feel warm and welcome this Holiday season!
The guest bedroom:
1. Make sure bedding is clean and fresh
This seems obvious, right? However, it’s possible that the white sheets you’ve had on your guest bed for a few years may have greyed, that old comforter could have a few holes, and those pillows might be a bit flat. It’s okay, don’t be ashamed! I think every home is guilty of this at one point or another! Don’t stress. Simply take an inventory of your current linens and pillows and decide if anything is in desperate need of an update. Even if you just update one item before each time you host guests, you’ll eventually have an updated linen closet which will feel so good and perhaps take the stress out of hosting in the future!
2. Put out extra blankets & throws
If your guests are anything like me, especially during the winter, they’re always cold. I’m sorry, I can’t help it! #blameitonpoorcirculation. Having an extra blanket (or two or three) on hand means guests can layer up without waking or disturbing you! I’m especially fond of faux fur throws and think they’re not only warm and cozy but they’re also a glamorous and luxe addition to any guest room!
3. Put out fresh flowers in a beautiful vase
I love having fresh florals around the house, especially if we’re having company in any capacity. There’s just something a bit more elevated to a room when you have pretty blooms out. It’s that extra special touch! If you purchase an unscented floral variety (you don’t want guests to be allergic!), you can even place them bedside so it’s the first thing they see when they wake each morning! Talk about a beautiful welcome each day they’re staying with you!
4. Have water readily available in a chic bedside carafe
If your guests have traveled a good distance to be with you, they will likely arrive dehydrated. Long flights, car rides, or any other form of travel will do that to you! Guests may not feel comfortable constantly asking for water, so don’t make them have to ask in the first place! Have fresh water out and ready and make it a point to refill during their stay! I love the idea of having a chic monogram carafe by the bed – functional and pretty to look at!
5. Make extra room in the closet or dresser
If I’m staying somewhere for more than a night, I always unpack my things! Aggressive? Maybe. Probably. Okaaay, yes. But I just like having my things organized so my suitcase doesn’t end up looking like a tornado hit the room it’s in! Because of my own silly habit, I can’t help but think your guests may also want to take their clothes out of their suitcase and fold or hang them during their stay, too! So clear out some extra space for them in the guest closet and dresser, and leave plenty of spare hangers!
6. Provide a cozy robe
My husband and I recently stayed at an Airbnb in Texas and they had super plush robes out and available for their guests to use. I thought this was the sweetest touch! It was like staying at a nice hotel but with the comfort of a more home-y feel. Having robes available allows guests to slip something on and cover up as they’re getting ready without fear that they’re too exposed in someone else’s home. Because let’s face it, you never know if Grandma, your teenage nephew, or your great-uncle is accidentally going to barge in on you after your shower – better to be prepared! 😉
Provide a phone charger
So many of us often forget our
lifeline phone charger when traveling, so leaving a spare one out for guests can be a lifesaver nice gesture. If you’re hosting a tech-savvy guest, you could also use a desktop organizer to create a charging station free of messy cables!
Keep out a current magazine or other light reading material
In case your guests need something to read to help them fall asleep at night or to simply flip through to relax while they’re on vacation, leave out a selection of current magazines or catalogs that may interest them! This may be my favorite thing that my own mother-in-law does every time we stay! #shesthebest ☺️ [PS. How gorgeous is the January issue of Good Housekeeping?! It immediately caught my eye in line at the grocery store this week and I knew I had to pick up a copy! I absolutely love it!]
The guest bathroom:
7. Leave towels out & make sure they’re extra clean
Don’t make guests have to creep through your linen closet to find towels! Roll them up to make them look polished, and then place them on the guests’ beds or in the bathroom. Don’t forget a washcloth and hand towel, too! Also, if you’re like me and put your towels through a weekly beating (hello mascara and self tanner remains, nice to see you too)… make sure you give them a good wash with bleach and fabric softener before guests arrive! And if stains are seemingly permanent, perhaps it’s time to do a similar inventory like you did with the linens and decide if you need an update!
8. Create a sampling of products
One my personal pet peeves about traveling is packing up all of my toiletries. It takes an ARMY, y’all! And packing up all of my beauty products is so overwhelming that I often forget something important! Solution to the problem for your own company? Gather an assortment of products from shampoo to razors to extra toothpaste and have them out and available for guests to use as they please. Chances are you already have a collection of sample-sized products from beauty purchases or stays in hotels, so put them together in a bathroom caddy to keep them organized and pretty to look at!
Make sure everything’s super clean and organized!
It probably goes without saying, but guests will appreciate a spotless bathroom. Whether you’re in someone’s home or a hotel… no one likes to see remains of who stayed there last! If the space you’re having guests stay in is normally in use in your home, utilize smart storage solutions to make sure unsightly things like your own hairbrushes, medications, or any other personal items are tucked neatly away. And if you haven’t had guests in a while, don’t forget to do a good dusting and refresh of the space!
Though we don’t personally have a guest bedroom and when we do house guests we have to offer our couch or move our coffee table in order to make room for an Aerobed….. I still love to welcome in visitors! No matter what your personal space or living situation is, I firmly believe we can all take note of some of these ideas and tips in order to kindly open up our homes to those we love! Because at the end of the day, our guests will feel warm and welcomed in not because we have the biggest, most luxurious hotel-like of homes… but because we’ve generously offered our time, space, resources, and ultimately an outpour of love in order to spend time with those coming to see us! That is truly what matters most when being hospitable, is it not?!
Thank you to Wayfair for reaching out to collaborate on this post together today! And if you haven’t already noticed, they’re one of my favorite sites to snag up home goodies and necessities! (Really thinking I need that monogrammed water carafe….😍)
Wishing y’all a happy, productive, and as stress-free as possible weekend as you prepare for the busyness of the merry week ahead!