I love to entertain. I love to make people feel welcome and give them a place that they can call home while they are away from their own. Organizing your guest bedroom or preparing for guests is simple and if you have it ready ahead of time, you won’t be scrambling around like a chicken with its head cut off an hour before they are set to arrive.
I like to make their bedroom feel like they belong there and it’s truly their bedroom. Simple things do that like having a charger by their bed, plugged in and ready to go, and a blanket that makes them feel like their own Grandma knit it for them. The other thing I like to do came from my sister’s friend – I like to have a framed picture of our wifi and password. This takes out the need for them to ask and makes them feel welcomed by giving them, what now a-days feels like, the keys to the castle.
Next take a shallow, under-the-bed bin and put two towels, and one set of sheets in it. These should only be designated to the Guest Bedroom. By doing this you won’t have to make your laundry routine revolve around when your guests are coming. Next, get a toiletries bag (a great option is a previous #GoodFindFriday! Take a look back here). In this toiletries bag, put a toothbrush & travel toothpaste, travel sized mouthwash and lotion, hairbrush, and maybe a few feminine products. In a gallon sized zip-lock put shampoo, conditioner & body wash/bar of soap. I prefer to do full size shampoo and conditioners because for my long hair the travel sized only last me one or two showers. Include the toiletries and zip-lock in the bin.
If you have a closet attached, leave some extra hangers ready to go for them. The other main consideration when having guests is meal planning for more people and/or budgeting for eating out. A few weeks back I wrote blogs on both topics (meal planning and budgeting), so take a look at those!!
Now all you need to do before they get there is change the sheets, change the towels, stock the shower and put the toiletries bag out! You could even arrange everything on the bed in a welcome basket form if you’re feeling fancy. Having extra pillows and blankets and/or a fan is also a good idea, as temperature makes a huge difference in comfort 😊
Even if you do not have a separate designated guest bedroom, you can still have all this set aside and ready for an air mattress or pull out couch.
With just these few tricks and prep work now, it’ll make having guests less hectic! More importantly, having their room or space ready to go will help you to relax and be able to enjoy their company even more 😊
Photo by: Desembola-Paint
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!