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Preparing the Guest Room for Christmas Visitors

December 14, 2018 7:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Preparing the Guest Room for Christmas Visitors

You’ve just purchased a new home in the beautiful Willow Branch community and have been busy getting settled in, organizing and decorating the family room, bedrooms and kitchen. But now that the holidays are here, what do you need to do to prepare your guest room? Here are some easy tips to make your guests feel welcome and full of holiday spirit.

To really make your guests feel welcome, think of the kind of things you’d expect in a high-end hotel. Lay out fresh, soft towels, use nice sheets, and provide at least two comfortable pillows per person. If you have spare robes, you could even set those out.

If at all possible, make sure there’s a full-length mirror in the room, even if it’s hung on the inside of a closet door. Even though plenty of people have alarms on their smartphones, you may want to also include an alarm clock, particularly for older guests who may not have a phone with an alarm. Also try to include a bedside table lamp for ease, so the guests don’t have to stumble around in the dark. For the finishing hotel touch, consider placing a couple of bottles of water or a water carafe and glass, along with a small bowl of wrapped chocolates on the side table. Some fresh flowers, even a simple bud vase, will add a thoughtful touch.

While you’re at it, consider adding a selection of magazines and books to the room. If you know your guest’s preference, that makes it easier, or choose a few titles from different genres, especially if there’s a chance they may have already read some of the books. Of course, some people will be happy to make do with their tablet or phone, so be sure to write down the password for your wifi.

It’s always nice to have a spare chair in a guest room, and if possible, a folding luggage stand. Try to clear space in the closet or chest of drawers for your guests so they don’t have to live out of their suitcase. Don’t forget to include extra hangers.

When it comes to the guest bathroom, make sure you’re fully stocked with just about anything anyone could ask for, from toothbrushes to tweezers, not to mention all of the usual shampoos, conditioners, hair spray, lotion, mouthwash and floss. You may want to include a hairdryer, as well. If you have multiple guests and your towels all look the same, you could quickly sew on a loop of ribbon in different colors to help guests differentiate which is theirs.

By anticipating your guests’ needs, you will make them feel welcome in your new home and less like an intrusion. The less they have to ask for, the more comfortable they will feel.

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