For some folks Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday house guest season, but around here it’s October’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. People come from all over the world to participate, to experience, and to visit us in our homes.
Of course it’s nice to have a spare room devoted to only guests, but not everyone has that luxury. The guest room often doubles as an office, a den, a laundry-folding station, or even a child’s room, with the kids doubling up when company comes. But no matter where you put your guests, there are ways to make them feel more comfortable and make things easier for YOU, too:
- Look around. Would YOU want to sleep in this room? Are you using it as a dumping ground for laundry, toys, or other clutter? Is it clean?
- Don’t wait until the last minute! Now is a good time to sort, purge, put things away where they belong, or donate them to charity. Ask for help if you need it.
- Is the room crowded with furniture? Remove unnecessary pieces to make more room for your guests.
- Does the bedspread pattern compete with the wall color, carpeting, window coverings, and artwork? Who’s winning? You don’t have to completely redecorate. Sometimes removing the worst offender is all it takes.
- Are the walls bare and boring? Paint an accent wall, or add one large piece of colorful, inexpensive art.
- Nothing says “We’re glad you are here!” like a welcome basket with a bottle of water; some fruit, nuts or other snacks; clean towels and miniature toiletries; and a current magazine your guest might enjoy. Maybe even a little welcome note. Be creative!
- They need a place to put their stuff. A shelf, a table top, a drawer. A fold-up hotel-style suitcase stand can come in handy. It’s also nice to provide some hanging space in a closet, or with a wall-mounted clothing hanger. Show them a convenient place to charge their electronic devices.
- Is there a comfortable place to sit, and a lamp to read by?
- Provide a map of the area and some travel brochures (from any local hotel lobby), or a list of your own favorite places to eat and to visit.
- Let them know which meals you are planning to prepare, which ones you all might want to eat out, and which ones they’ll be on their own.
- Are you providing transportation, or are they?
- Will you be joining them on sightseeing day trips, or will you be meeting them later to hear all about their day? There’s no need to spend every minute together. They could probably use some me-time too!
- Related blog post: How to Be an Introverted Houseguest or Host Without Driving Each Other Crazy
- The more of your guests’ needs you can anticipate, and prepare for in advance, the more you can relax while they’re here.
Who’s coming to visit you? When? What else do you consider when company’s coming? Please share with us in the comments below!
It’s never too soon to start making your guest room Guest Worthy!
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