If you consider Halloween to be the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season, then get ready – the holidays are just a few short days away. For many of us, that means preparing our homes for a rush of out-of-town guests. But when your to-do list is miles long, the last thing you need to worry about is whether your guests will be comfortable in your home.
This year, try readying your guest rooms in advance to provide some holiday cheer and to give yourself a little peace of mind. Here a few tips from Mark Molthan on preparing your guest rooms for overnight visitors.
Provide bedding options.
Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a comfortable pillow, from fat and fluffy to medium and firm. To ensure your guests have a truly restful night’s sleep, make up the bed with several pillow options as well as a few extra blankets.
Spruce up the bedside table.
Take care of your guest’s practical and aesthetic needs with a nicely arranged bedside table. Include a lamp for some bedtime reading, an extra phone charger, and a bouquet of fresh, seasonable greenery.
Offer a seasonal toiletry selection.
Why not start the gift giving as soon as your guests arrive? A basket of seasonal toiletries, including peppermint soap, body wash, and shampoo is a great way to get started. Be sure to include essentials like an extra toothbrush and loofah as well.
Stock up the desk drawers.
Everyone has last minute gift preparation to take care of during the holidays. Make sure your guests have the supplies they need by stocking the desk drawers with extra notecards, pens, tape, tissue paper, and gift wrap.
Leave space for unpacking.
Make sure your guests have plenty of closet and drawer space when they unpack. If you use the guest room for storage throughout the year, empty out a few drawers and leave extra hangers and hanging space in the closet for when guests arrive.
On the House with Mark Molthan