Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s – the holidays are right around the corner. For a lot of us, the holidays mean parties, good food, new decorations, and guests. My dad always jokes that you want guests to be comfortable enough that they don’t complain, but not so comfortable that they stick around for awhile. What essentials do you need in your guest room to create a welcome, comfortable place to stay?
Start with the Basics
When you’re planning for guests, start with the basics, so your guests don’t have to make a trip to Target or Wal-Mart because they forgot a toothbrush. Start with
- a toothbrush and toothpaste;
- an extra blow-dryer;
- fresh towels and washcloths;
- extra pillows and blankets;
- shampoo, conditioner, and body wash;
- lotion; and
- disposable razors.
Make It Cozy
Once you have the basics, you can add a few extras to make your guests’ stay perfect!
If you’re anything like me, you’re guilt of washing your makeup off with a towel. Don’t make your guests feel guilty that they’re washing their face with your clean, white towels. Instead, provide them with a black washcloth specifically for washing off their makeup.
Drew and I stayed at a bed and breakfast this summer that supplied a black washcloth embroidered with “makeup” so there was no doubt what it was supposed to be used for. It was genius! I completely forgot about it until The Home Edit talked about makeup washcloths a few weeks ago.
The WiFi Password
Mobile data is expensive, and your guests will want to check their email and Instagram. Instead of making your guests ask you for the WiFi password (especially if they don’t realize they still need it until bedtime), post it in their room. They’ll be able to get it anytime they want.
When Jaclyn’s dad visited her and her husband not too long ago, he requested a mirror in the guest room, so he could make sure he was presentable before leaving for the day. If you have a guest bathroom, you can probably get away without a mirror, but if you and your guests will be sharing a bathroom, make sure to put a mirror in their room so they can get dressed and do their makeup without fighting you for the mirror.
Make sure your guests have plenty of access to outlets to charge their phones, tablets, and laptops. If you live in an older home, you might have to add some adapters to make the outlets more usable. Jaclyn added a lamp with a built-in USB port to make it even easier for her guests to charge their phones!
Your guests might want to read at night – without the bright overhead light or without getting out of bed to turn off the light when they’re done. To make it easy for them, add a bedside lamp to your guest room so your guests can read well into the night.
Closet & Drawer Space
Nobody likes living out of a suitcase – things get wrinkled or forgotten about. Make some closet and drawer space (and have a few hangers on hand) so your guests can make the most of their packed wardrobes.
When you’re away from home, it can be way too easy for your clean clothes to get mixed in with your dirty clothes. Keep a hamper in your guest room or bathroom so that your guests don’t have to try to figure out what’s still clean.
Books & Magazines
Your guests don’t have to spend all their time with you. Everyone needs some time to themselves sometimes! Leave a few books and magazines for your guests to peruse at night or during downtime.
Water & Snacks
Fellow Millennial Homemakers, Hadley and Amy, recommend putting water in your guest room – either bottled water or a pitcher of fresh water. Amy recently stayed with a friend who provided mint water, for a true vacation feel!
Before your guests arrive, ask them what their favorite snack is. They’ll think that you just want to make sure you have it in your pantry for them, but surprise them by having it stocked in their room! They’ll be able to enjoy their favorite snack whenever they want, without feeling guilty for not sharing.
Your guests want to know that you took the time to fix the guest room up specifically for them. Nothing shows that more than putting some fresh flowers in their room for when they arrive.
Leah, at Lumarie Photo & Design, recommends leaving freshly baked cookies in your guest’s room. Homemade baked goods also show your guests that you’ve been looking forward to their visit and that you’re glad they’re here! They’ll instantly feel welcome and like they’re on vacation (and calories don’t count on vacation, right?).
Thank you to all the Millennial Homemakers who shared their guest room must-haves!
What are your guest room essentials?