This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and we have my in-laws coming for a visit. As I prepare for their arrival this weekend it reminded me of some guest room photos I took when they came to visit last Christmas. I never did share how we prepare my daughter’s room for their stay. We don’t have an official guest room but my daughter graciously gives up her room when we have visitors. I like to make guests feel as comfortable as possible when they come and try to anticipate their guest room needs ahead of time.
In addition to the basics like comfy pillows and sheets, here are a few other necessities that I think all guest rooms should have:
1. Flat Cleared Surfaces
Provide somewhere for guests to lay a few of their things out if needed or even set up a laptop or other electronics. It’s a good idea to try and clear as much of the clutter as possible so guests don’t feel like they are suffocating. A clutter free space is a relaxing space.
3. Garbage Can
4. Extra Blanket
5. Basket of Toiletries
I always bring any unused toiletries home from hotel stays. They really come in handy when you have guests who may have forgotten something. Plus don’t forget to include some facecloths as well!
6. Basket of Snacks
This one I feel is especially important. From experience I’ve realized that if guests get hungry after everyone has gone to bed they don’t want to go to the kitchen and risk waking everyone up. Same goes if they are early risers. I don’t want my guests going hungry that is for sure so I like to provide a few things for just in case. The water bottle note I printed off the Living Locurto site. You can download it here. I also like to include a couple of magazines for reading material in case boredom sets in 🙂
7. Extra Hangers
Make space available in the closet for guests to hang their clothing if they want to.
Since my guests don’t have their own bathroom and have to share with my two older kids I like to provide space in their room for their towels. This way they know that someone else hasn’t used them by accident! A couple of Command Hooks on the back of the bedroom door take care of that.
9. Reading Lamps
I don’t want my guests having to get out of bed to turn off the light so naturally bedside reading lights make sense. Since my daughter normally has the bed pushed up against the wall we move it out in order to make it easier for two people to share the space and brought in an extra side table with light. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just shop from around your house.
10. Air Freshener
A room that normally belongs to a teenager needs all the help it can get 🙂 Please be mindful though of any allergies though.
If your guests will be sharing a bathroom, they may want the convenience of getting ready in their bedroom. I always make sure they have a mirror (and stool to sit on) just in case they want to do hair and makeup in there.
12. Extra Outlets
Last but definitely not least, is to make sure some extra outlets are available for guests. Often they will have phones and e-readers to charge, laptops to plugin and perhaps blow dryers and straighteners. If there isn’t sufficient outlets available make sure to include an extension cord or power bar.
Bonus: Don’t forget to provide your guests with the Wifi password.
I find guests don’t like to ask for things and instead will often just make do in order to be nice. However if they don’t say we don’t often know what they need. For that reason I like to cover as many bases as possible by adding as many extra touches as I can think of. These little details will go a long way in making your guests feel comfortable and welcome.
What else would you add to this guest room list?