I love having guests at StoneGable. This weekend we are eagerly awaiting a house full of friends and family! So that means making sure my guest rooms are in great shape and ready for our guests! It is a process I usually start about a week in advance of knowing I’m having guests so I’m not rushing around at the last minute. I want to have fun and enjoy the time with company just as much as everyone else so getting the guest rooms ready is something I can check off my list. I’ll show you how I do it!
CLEAN THE SHEETS AND QUILT
I like to put clean sheets and pillow cases on my guest room beds no more than a week before my guests arrive. I love that fresh, just washed smell and so does my family and friends. I also wash the white quilts on my beds. They can take lots of washings and still look amazing! It’s important to me that my guests know that they are sleeping in spotless and great smelling beds!
Don’t forget to clean your pillows, shams, duvets and any other bedding when they need it.
MAKE A COZY BED
I like to make sure I have a beautifully made bed with soft, good quality bedding. And a must for our guest rooms is having mattresses that we would sleep on ourselves. When a mattress is worn out it should be thrown out and not be sent to the guest room.
Many of us sleep on different kinds of pillows. For my guests, I have collected down, foam and memory foam type pillows for my guests to choose from. It’s a nice luxury and ensures my guests a better night sleep!
A lovely bed layered with pretty bedding is a joy to sleep in!
PUT AN EXTRA BLANKET AND A COUPLE PILLOWS IN THE CLOSET
It’s so thoughtful to keep a couple of blankets in the closet or drawer for your guests. Pillow too! I also have a fan in the guest room closets so if my guests get too warm they can use it to cool down since we don’t have ceiling fans.
VACUUM AND DUST
Other than adding fresh flowers to my guest rooms, vacuuming and dusting are the last things I do before company comes. I dust all surfaces and vacuum my windows, baseboard and floors. It’s spit-polish clean when I am done!
FILL BASKET OR DRAWER WITH CLEAN TOWELS
All of the towels at StoneGable are white. They are easy to clean and I can find great quality white towels on sale very often. I keep towels for my guests in their room. In some rooms, I keep them in a couple of the bottom dresser drawers and in the bedroom above I keep them on a rattan cart.
We are refinishing our main hall bathroom, the one most guests use. We have pegs on one wall with number tags. Each guest can hang their towels on a peg or two.
MAKE SURE A BEDROOM HAS THE ESSENTIALS
Guests love a well appointed room! With lots of extras they might need. I keep a clear plastic box in the closet filled with things my guests might have forgotten like toothpaste, toothbrush, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, antiperspirant, comb, Aleve, Tums, floss, baby powder, hairspray, etc.
And my guest love that I have bottled water, chocolates and small bags of nuts or munchies waiting for them.
Other things to have on hand in a guest room are tissues, a clock, smart phone docks, pamphlets of local attractions, an extension cord, a sturdy luggage rack, and even a bed tray.
LEAVE CURRENT BOOKS AND MAGAZINES IN THE ROOM
When I see current magazines in a guest room I know I’m in for a super stay! One home I stayed in tucked magazines they thought I would like under my pillow. Isn’t this a great way to show guests you were happily expecting them?
My guest really like to have things to read and putting them in their room is such a nice, thoughtful touch!
ADD A THROW TO THE BED
A pretty throw casually draped over a bed lets my guests know that I want them to curl up, get comfortable and use the bed! And throws add another fabulous layer to a well made, welcoming bed! I make sure there is a clean, good smelling, soft throw on all my beds. Guest don’t have to unmake the whole bed to take a nap or read. They can just cover up with a throw.
If you don’t like a throw on a bed drape it over a chair in the guest room.
PUT FLOWERS ON THE NIGHT STAND
Don’t forget a small vase or pitcher of pretty flowers! I put them on the nightstand in my guest rooms. If guests stay for more than 3 days make sure to change the water and make sure the flowers still look healthy!
One word of caution…make sure guests are not allergic or sensitive to flowers before you add them to the room. If you have allergy prone guests add a sweet little green plant!
Now the next time company is coming you can easily get your guest rooms ready for them… and they will be so thankful for your thoughtfulness!
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