Do you panic at the thought of having company or overnight guest? Don’t fret I have a few very helpful ideas to freshen up your home and not go crazy trying to do it! You CAN be a serene hostess with just a little work and a good attitude! Let’s welcome the people we love with open arms and a guest ready home! Here are some great tips for how to freshen up your home when company’s coming
Now let’s get those rooms ready for company!
When you are ready to entertain guests for the evening or the weekend, this is not the time to purge and declutter your entire home. Throw all of the trash away and be sure to put things away that should be put away. This article for cleaning up messy spaces in your home will be really helpful. Just dive in and clean the shared areas of your home, your guest room, and bathrooms. This is not about perfection, friends.
Here’s a very helpful post for some speed cleaning HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME IN 30 MINUTES A DAY.
If you need to get all the clutter out by putting it in laundry baskets and hiding them in the basement, garage or a closet! Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
For some reason, if my kitchen is clean I feel so much better. So I always start there.
Launder Guest Bedding and Towels
If you don’t entertain overnight guests often, be sure to give your bedding and towels a quick spin in the washer. The smell of freshly laundered sheets and pillowcases is so welcoming. The same goes for any towels that you’ll be leaving out for your guests.
I make up my guest beds sans sheets so when I have company I can put on newly laundered sheets. And white towels are a must here at StoneGable! I put towels in each guest room.
If your guest is a room already you already use maybe a stack of towels in the bathroom will work for you. Just remember clean and fresh!
Adding Fresh Flowers
I look for any excuse to add a bouquet of fresh flowers to my home and company coming is always a great time to splurge a little. An arrangement as you enter your home is always nice and a fresh display on your kitchen table is just lovely.
A few blooms tucked into small spaces are so nice. Adding flowers to a vignette on your coffee table, on the guest bedroom bedside table or even in the bathroom is such a thoughtful touch.
Preparing a Breakfast Station
Having a breakfast station set the night before will be so nice when you wake up the next morning. A buffet set with coffee fixings, fresh fruit and something sweet will please any guests from the early bird to the late riser. You will also enjoy being able to relax and catch up with your company when you aren’t stationed in front of the stove all morning.
I love a breakfast station. I buy great pastries and other goodies to put out for my guests. Hard boiled eggs and fabulous bagels with cream cheese and other fixings is another crowd pleaser!
To see an easy make ahead strawberry shortcake click HERE.
There are a few things that you can do to add a little touch of thoughtfulness for your guests. Most would appreciate knowing your wi-fi password and the name of your router. I nice handwritten card with this information on it would be great to place on the bedside table.
Leave an extra pillow or two in the closet for those folks who enjoy a little more cushion while they sleep. A few recent magazines or your favorite travel books would be a nice touch in a basket beside the bed or on top of the nightstand.
I also make sure to have travel-sized shampoos, conditioners and extra razors and toothbrushes on the counter in the bathroom. My hope is that my guests will have everything that they need while they stay in my home.
Yes, you read that correctly, the best thing that you can do when company is coming is to prepare ahead of time so that when your guests arrive, you can enjoy your time together.
I try to prep as many meals as I can, have a loose itinerary for fun and have all of my personal stuff accomplished before they even get to my home. While guests are here at StoneGable, I want to be present, engaged and ready to relax… together!
This is a great post for you to keep in your arsenal for after your guests go home…
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