Here is a complete list of what to put in a guest room so you are prepared for those overnight guests coming to your home!
I have experience both being a guest and also hosting guests for the past 20 years! In college I played in the symphonic band, and one of the highlights was traveling around the country on band tour.
Each night we stayed in different people’s homes for a span of two weeks.
This gave me lots of practice as a guest. I learned how to be a pleasant guest in someone else’s home.
But along the way I also learned from my hosts how to host overnight guests as well!
Here are somethings that I learned.
BEFORE YOUR OVERNIGHT GUESTS ARRIVE:
It is an awkward feeling, when you arrive at someone’s home and they are not ready for you. As a guest, you feel like you are a bother or too much work.
Of course getting ready for guests IS a lot of work and maybe a little inconvenient, but your guests shouldn’t know that.
You can avoid that awkward feeling by simply planning ahead of time.
I find it helpful to make a list and spread out the tasks over a couple of days prior to the guest arriving.
- Clear out clutter in the guest room
- Vacuum/sweep and mop the floors
- Change bed sheets
- Clean guest bathroom
WHAT TO PUT IN A GUEST ROOM
You can’t meet all of your guests needs and you won’t be able to make them feel completely at home (which is okay because it’s not their home!)
However, there are some general guest room items that will make your guests REALLY want you to have!
IN THE GUEST BEDROOM:
-Extra blanket and pillows
-Box of tissues
-Lamp on side table
-Set of towels and washcloth
-Empty hangers in closet and space to hang clothes
IN THE GUEST BATHROOM:
-Stocked up on toilet paper
-Fresh hand towel
-Toiletries available (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine products)
-Cleared space for guests’ belongings
IN THE KITCHEN:
-Coffee, cream, sugar or hot tea
-Water bottles or cold canned drinks
-Snacks (granola bars, fruit, crackers)
-Cleared space in refrigerator for food or medication brought by guests
You can be on the lookout now for sales on toilet paper and stock up. If you need an alarm clock or lamp for your guest bedroom, head to your local thrift store.
Purchasing these items early will help you save money, and you will have less to prepare at the last minute before your guests arrive.
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