It’s that time of year again – school holidays. This means many things for families, one of which is friends and family coming to visit. These time-saving tips will help you prepare a welcoming space for your guests
It’s that time of year again – school holidays. This means a lot of things for families, one of which is friends and family visiting. Most of us dread the thought of getting our house and especially spare room ready for guests. There are, however, a couple of things you can do to make it easier on yourself as well as make their stay a little nicer. Remember – the more you do in advance, the more welcome and less in your way your guests will feel.
These time-saving tips will help you prepare a welcoming space for your guests in no time:
If you don’t use your spare room often, give it a good clean and make sure you get rid of the dust in those hard to reach places. Cover the bed(s) in clean linen and spritz the room with air freshener the day before your guests arrive.
Make sure all the bulbs are working, that the windows open and close easily and that the door closes properly. There’s nothing worse than having to do last-minute maintenance while you should be getting ready to welcome your guests.
Leave some books or magazines out for your guests to read. If you have the budget for it, make your friends/family feel extra special by putting chocolates on their pillows or a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table. Though most people tend to bring their own towels, it’s nice to provide your guest with towels – roll them up and place them on the end of the bed for a hotel-like feel.
Make sure there are enough power outlets for hairdryers and cell phone chargers. If you don’t have a wall mirror in your guest room, at least add a small desk mirror. Provide a space for your guests’ luggage, be it a chest or stand. No one wants to spread out their clothes all over the floor. Also provide closet or at least hanging space for them. If you don’t have a closet in your spare room, why not mount a couple of hooks onto the wall?
Always set out extra blankets for your guests, especially now during the winter holidays. If you have a spare heater or electric blankets, ask your guests on arrival whether you can set these up for them as not everyone likes sleeping with a heater on. A nice touch would be slippers for your guests – you can get them really cheap and it will definitely make your guests feel right at home!
Make your guests as selfreliant as possible – give them a tour of the house, show them where everything in the kitchen is as well as how your TV remotes work. If they’re staying for a while, why give both them and yourself a little more freedom by giving them a set of house keys? If they’re visiting for the first time or are from overseas, purchase a pocket guidebook or at least get them a map of the area.
Click here to see how you can get your hallway/entrance guest-ready too.