10 Steps to Prepare for House Guests

While staying positive and having an optimistic future I found this article Arby Maison de Pax for Preparing for house guests. I love being a host and attempt to make people feel welcome and comfortable as much as possible. So here are some tips on how to make your home feel like home for guests.

 

This post is sponsored by Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. As always, all content and opinions are my own.

PRACTICAL PREP FOR OVERNIGHT GUESTS:

The joy of hosting others is in spending time together over good meals and great conversation, so don’t let the preparations of it all stress you out! Check off these 10 things quickly and you’ll be ready to make your guests feel right at home.

FIND SPACE FOR A SUITCASE

It can be a fold out rack, a shelf, or – in our case – a kid’s craft table pushed into the corner. Whatever it is, make sure there’s a spot for your visitor’s bag.

white room with mirrored dresser and pink suitcase

CLEAR A SHELF OR DRAWER

Some guests like to unpack a little to feel more at home. Even if they prefer to live out of their suitcases, having a clear shelf to put their smaller bags, books, etc. is certainly helpful. It may not be glamorous in our home as our guests have to share their space with dress up clothes and puzzles galore… but at least they have one shelf to themselves.

MAKE THE BED BEAUTIFULLY

Gone are the days of little chocolate mints on each pillow (the toddler would definitely eat them and make a mess in the process) and themed gift baskets with local treats (I’m lucky if I remember what day guests are arriving and actually have any groceries in the house at all)… but a beautiful, inviting bed goes miles to making your guests feel welcome and pampered. My favorite sheets to use are 100% linen, though, which makes wrinkles a real challenge. Thankfully, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus makes smoothing out the wrinkles a snap!

woman spraying downy wrinkle releaser on a pillowcase

I give the pillow cases or hemmed edge a mist, smooth by hand, tug, and hang to fully dry over the side of the bed or sometimes the banister in the hallway. It only takes a moment, and Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus leaves the linens smelling amazing. While they dry, I can check other things off my list. Sometimes I even spritz the curtains and throws while I’m at it…  It leaves the room smelling fresh and feeling much more put together.

downy wrinkle releaser being used on linen sheets

PROVIDE A SOUND MACHINE

Whether it’s a desktop fan or an actual sound machine, something to block out the noises of a strange house can work wonders for sleep. And a good night’s sleep is definitely the goal!

PUT OUT FRESH TOWELS

We always hang clean towels in the water closet and clean washcloths on the bathroom counter, but even if the guest is in the corner of your living room on a pull out sofa, make sure he or she can find those towels easily.

gray towel hanging from gold hooks with a navy vanity beyond

CHECK BASIC TOILETRIES

Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. Keep them on hand and accessible.

white tiled shower with navy and white striped shower curtain

LAYER WITH BLANKETS

Once those unwrinkled sheets are dry, layer the bed with extra blankets. I like to use at least one lightweight and one heavyweight blanket in addition to the bedspread or quilt. It leaves options!

gray wool knit blanket on a white bed with an antique wood frame

ENSURE PLUGS ARE ACCESSIBLE

These days, everyone needs a spot for device charging, and you want your guests to feel at ease. Having all the outlets hidden behind furniture is not going to help them feel like they have everything they need! They might not be beautiful, but be sure to have a power strip or extension cord by the nightstand and/or dresser to make plus easily accessible.

SHARE YOUR WI-FI PASSWORD

Nothing says, “Make yourself at home!” quite like access to the wifi. 😉

ADD SOMETHING FESTIVE

It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but a little wreath, a set of bells, a pumpkin candle, or some fresh flowers can go a long way towards helping a space feel appropriately celebratory for whatever occasion has brought your guests to your home.

silver bells hanging on a closet door with an antique bed beyond

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR GUEST ROOM FOR HOUSE GUESTS:

Remember, these 10 little steps can be done at super speed to get your space guest ready:

  1. Find space for a suitcase
  2. Clear a shelf or drawer
  3. Make the bed beautifully
    (remember your secret weapon: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus!)
  4. Provide a sound machine
  5. Put out fresh towels
  6. Check basic toiletries
  7. Layer with blankets
  8. Make plugs accessible
  9. Share your wi-fi password
  10. Add something festive

Whether it’s my own parents (who come frequently), or an international visitor coming for the first time, I’ve found that these 10 quick steps help me feel prepared and help them feel at home… which is definitely the goal.

What’s your favorite way to make guests feel welcome?

Be sure to grab yourself a coupon for Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus here to help save you money and time getting your home ready for visitors!

And don’t forget to pin these ideas for later.


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