Cue freak out.
Picture this for a moment.
You’ve been planning a holiday gathering for local friends and family when suddenly someone calls and asks if they can stay in your guest room. You say sure without hesitation and then hang up the phone. Crap. Not only do you not have a guest room set up, but it’s been the “Just throw it in there room” for the 3 years that you have lived in your house.
That’s roughly the situation we are currently and and with less than a week before Christmas (and our guests)arrives, I’m frantically trying to get it all cleaned up and organized.
I’m super OCD about making sure our guests feel welcomed and accommodated and truly try to make sure that there’s nothing that they are missing. Staying overnight in someone’s home is awkward and intimidating even if you’re family.
So I’ve put together a list of 10 Things to Not Forget If You’re Having Overnight Guests:
– Extra Pillows and Blankets –While you may be okay with just one pillow and a small blanket, someone else may sleep with two pillows and two blankets
– Diffuser with basic essential oils and instructions on how to use. In our house we don’t use candles or sprays, but we do use essential oils. They are a great alternative to keep an area smelling fresh and invigorating without having to worry about releasing chemicals into the air. We also love leaving a humidifier in the room for our guests to use.
– Paper Towels and Bath Towels in the Guest Room – This may seem a bit silly, but there was one time where we were staying at my dads house and my toddler spilled her cup of water all over the floor. I was frantically searching the house for something to use. By having Viva Paper Towels and extra bath towels in the room, your allowing your guests to clean up and messes with ease and without embarrassment of asking.
– Activities – This may sound silly, but you really need this. Sometimes people get bored [[or annoyed]] at bring around others and it’s awkward to excuse yourself to the guest room to just sit on a bed with nothing to do. Or sometimes the hosts go to bed earlier than the house guests [[hello, parents of little ones]] Yes, most people have phones nowadays, but I always love having things like board games, a deck of cards, and some magazines and books available for our guests to read.
– Snacks! Have a small basket with cookies, crackers, granola bars, chocolate [[anything that you know the person loves is a big bonus]] available to them. No one wants to snoop through your cabinets looking for a snack, but EVERYONE gets hungry at different times.
– Medical First Aid Kit – I like to have a small first aid kit available in the guest room. Just a few band-aids and neosporin are great tools for your guests to have available.
– WIFI password. Everyone wants to use WIFI if it’s available, including you. Make a small place card and stick it in the room to let the guests know what yours is. If you aren’t comfortable with someone having it after leaving, you can always easily change it! Make them giggle by naming your Router something funny!
– Toiletries – We’ve all been there. Travel somewhere and forget something. NO ONE wants to have to ask where the nearest store is to go grab toothpaste. Put together a small basket with extra razors, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, lotion, headache medicine, and anything else you can think of that your guests may use.
– Extra Toilet Paper and Kleenex – You can never provide too much toilet paper. It’s not possible. But you can provide too less. We love the soft feel of Cottonelle. Make sure the bathroom is WELL stocked with both toilet paper and Kleenex. I know, personally, my allergies always act up when traveling and it’s always nice to know I have Kleenex on hand. And while we’re on the topic of the bathroom, make a plunger readily accessible. NOOO ONNEEE wants to have to come asking for this. We also love stocking the bathroom with Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Wipes.
– Hot Beverages – Andrew and I hate coffee, but we know it’s a staple for many people including parents on both sides, so we decided to buy a Keurig. We have a mix of hot chocolates and coffee flavors available at their will to grab and make a cup so they don’t fall off their normal routine.
The overall theme here is to provide your guests with more than enough so that they don’t have to worry about asking for anything.
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