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5 Easy Things That Will Make Your Holiday Guests Feel At Home

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This post is sponsored by Stanley Steemer. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting to spend quality time with family and friends. We’ve hosted both expected and unexpected guests during the holidays for the past few years now, and it has reminded me of how much I genuinely enjoy playing hostess!

Being a good hostess, in my opinion, is simpler than people make it out to be. My goal is to make sure my guests feel welcome, comfortable, and cared for, and one way I do that is by keeping our guest room ready for visitors!

Today I’ve partnered up with the cleaning experts at Stanley Steemer to share some easy ways to prepare your guest room for holiday visitors. These thoughtful touches will ensure your guests feel right at home, so you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the company! :-)

5 Easy Ways To Get Your Guest Room Ready For The Holidays

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1. Stock Up On Fresh Linens

In addition to outfitting your guest room with clean bedding and towels for your guests, consider stocking the closet with a second set of clean linens too. If your guests are staying longer than one night, they’ll likely appreciate having a second set of sheets or towels at their disposal!

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2. Leave Empty Space

It’s all too easy to go overboard on furniture and decor in your guest room. Resist the temptation to fill all the empty space in the room, because your guests could use that space to store their luggage and other belongings!

Instead of prioritizing decor in your guest room, focus on meeting your guests’ needs first. Feel free to sprinkle in a few decorative elements afterward, but don’t be afraid of a little empty space!

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3. Don’t Forget The Lamp

Don’t forget to provide a small lamp near the bed somewhere, like on a nightstand. That lamp should help your guests avoid running into anything in the dark if they get up to use the bathroom during the night!

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4. Leave A Note

Leave a note somewhere with any important details your guests might need to know during their stay. You might jot down your WiFi password, the code to unlock the front door, or a note about how to get the water temperature just right in the shower.

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5. Get The Mattress Cleaned

Whenever we have guests stay with us, I want to make sure they feel comfortable and taken care of. And while I always make sure that the guest bed is set up with clean bedding, I’d feel a lot better knowing the mattress itself is clean too!

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This year I decided to do something about it, so I called up the cleaning professionals at Stanley Steemer! A technician came out and cleaned all of our mattresses, including the one in the guest room, all in just a couple of hours!

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Stanley Steemer’s hot water extraction process not only eliminates surface dirt and musty odors from mattresses, but also oily residues, dead skin cells, and even dust mites too. I feel a lot better now that I know none of that stuff is lurking in the mattress that our guests sleep on! Call 1-800-STEEMER to get your mattress cleaning quote!

I hope this list proves helpful during the coming weeks as you prepare your home for the holidays! With the help of these simple tips, your guests are sure to feel right at home. :-)

Will you be hosting any holiday guests this year?

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  • In addition to what others have mentioned, three things I make sure to include (since I appreciate having them when I’m a guest in someone’s home) are a box of tissues, a digital clock that can be seen from the bed, and a mirror, especially if they are sharing a bathroom.

  • I really enjoy reading it your blogs. I had a question about the mattress. All of mine are covered with special bedbug covering. If I remove it I have to buy a new one. The bag protects from bedbugs, bedmits and sweat. Do I clean the mattress with this on it or leave it alone?

    • If you can’t get to the actual fabric of the mattress with this cover on it, you wouldn’t be able to clean it. Depending on what fabric the cover is, I’m sure there would be ways to at least refresh it.

  • Unless someone is there for at least a week, there is no need for extra sheets or towels! Who changes sheets and towels after one night!?? However an extra blanket is a great idea. Or a small heater if the room runs cold. Being cold at night is the WORST! Definitely provide a way to charge devices without having to search for plugs. The lamp with usb idea another commenter mentioned is great. It’s also nice to have a jug and cups for water at night. Someone who doesn’t know your home might not want to go downstairs at night.

  • Jillee! Did you know that you can go to blueprints.amazon.com and set Alexa up with custom answers to the questions your guests may have? You just basically type in a question like: What is the password? and Alexa will tell them what it is! Other questions to set up: Where are the clean sheets? Where is the remote for the TV? How do I turn on/off the lights? Just write the questions any guest may have and then write what you want Alexa to say for each question! It is super easy and guests will enjoy not having to “bother” you for basic information!!

  • I truly like to cater to guests as well. Although, many people are tech-savy and have their reading material on their device, I like to cater to us “old fashioned” types, so, in addition to the types of reading material you show on your bookshelf, I also leaving a book of poetry and/or short stories, and like putting out a few magazines in a variety of topics (homemaking, sports, National Geographic, etc.) . A quick article may be all your guest has time or energy to read before bed, and they may not want to start a book. (Oh, yes, I have also picked up a few pairs of different strength “cheater”reading glasses at the local dollar store and keep them in a bedside box, “just in case”). I also always, of course, have scriptures in sight. That may be all that a non-religious person may need to urge them pick one up “out of curiosity”, and perhaps “plant a seed” or just fill a need. I also will leave a basket of “travel size” grooming items including shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand lotion, a fresh bar of soap, etc. This can be left on a dresser in the guest room or in the bathroom with a “Feel free…” or “Just in case…” note, so the guest doesn’t feel as if they have to ask for a necessity, or feel uncomfortable using “somebody else’s” shampoo or such. If they also need to use a family bathroom, I will put out a matched set (or two) of towels (tied with a ribbon!) which is theirs (“Fresh and clean for your use” note). These are in a color different from the ones currently in use by others in the household so they know that they are using fresh bath linen that no one else is (allowed) to use except guests. A fresh drinking glass is always necessary for just a sip of water to take a pill or for brushing their teeth. I splurged when I found a small carafe with it’s matching glass slipped over the top as a lid. This is great for a bedside sip of water, although unnecessary. I keep a bathrobe and slippers also available on a hook on the back of their door since those are usually too bulky to pack and can be a modest, cozy treat in which they can bundle up to go for a midnight glass of juice or snack or to wear for a relaxed Saturday morning cup of coffee or cocoa before dressing for the day ahead. I am a list maker so I also leave a notepad and pen and even local picture postcards and a few stamps in case my guest needs to write a reminder for themselves or copy a quote, etc. If there is anything which may be questionable for my guest if it is clean and/or theirs to use, I make it clear with a note saying “For YOUR use”. I write all such notes on the same color 3×5″ cards so that, at a glance they can see all “blue card items” are for their use. Last but not least, I leave extra blankets and several different types and firmnesses of inexpensive pillows in their closet. I can do nothing about giving them a different mattress on which to sleep, but can offer a different pillow so they hopefully don’t awaken with a kink in their neck!! My favorite type of pillow may leave them sleepless. I will usually also put a small glass or vase with a few fresh flowers from the garden (if I know they are not allergic) or a small seasonal decoration (Christmas, Spring, etc.). This lets them know that I was planning on welcoming them and also that I’ve at least visited the room to dust in the last few weeks…lol. Lastly, I also try NOT to load the bed up with a million throw pillows, as pretty as they may be. It’s always a worry to me when I visit someone’s home about where I should put the pillows while I sleep if there isn’t an extra chair…in a pile on the floor?…on my suitcase or the dresser?… It’s just a worry that I don’t need when trying to “make myself at home”. I never want my guests to feel like an afterthought. This is more than your five, Jillee, but I have taken a cue from the the things which make me feel welcome and comfortable (or “un…”) when visiting someone else’s home.

  • I just redid our guest room and purchased new bed side lamps that come with a USB port for phone charging from, of course, Amazon.

    My sister in law was the first “guest” and said she just loved the lamp with the charger built in. She liked it so much she purchased one for her bedroom at home!

    • I add a second blow dryer and have mirrors in the guest bathroom for couples who will be getting dressed at the same time.

      I also keep guest room & bath stocked with a small fan, nightlight, extra pillow, luggage caddy, hangers, feminine products, razors, sewing kit, basic toiletries and first aid kit (digestive system meds, aspirin, Airborne, sunscreen, etc.), an extra charger and extension cord, and a small gift & goodie basket which includes bottled water, and an issue of our local travel attractions info magazine.

      • I used to keep a basket with toiletries in my bathroom too. I stocked it with extra minis from hotels!

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