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Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, along with many occasions to welcome house guests. Are you ready? Here are tips to make your guest room a welcome retreat. And they’re easy – some can be done in advance and some can be done in a pinch.
Pillows and Blankets – This may seem like a no-brainer, but be sure to have plenty of blankets of different weights. You never know how cold or hot your guest may be, so give them options. Pillow options are appreciated also. While you’re at it, toss the pillow inserts in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet to add fluff and a fresh scent.
Robe and/or Slippers – This is especially nice when your guest bath isn’t adjoining the guest bedroom. Even a few steps out in the hall can be an awkward jump if you forgot something in your suitcase. This touch will remind your guests of a resort. Make it even cushier with fluffy slippers!
Desk/Writing Space – Although it seems so many of us primarily use our smart phones and other devises to communicate, a hand written note or card from a vacation is a classic touch. Include a small space complete with stationary, pens/pencils, and postage. If you don’t have room for a desk, reserve a space on a night stand/dresser/tray for your “Welcome Center” (see picture).
Water Glasses and Pitcher – This is another nice touch for the “Welcome Center”. Give your guests this convenience so they don’t have to stumble around your kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water. Especially nice if they take medications. Depending on your space, a Coffee Bar is also very appreciate.
Personal Touches – Send the perfect message with fresh-cut flowers. They say “Welcome”, “Good Morning”, and “Thank You!” all at once. This soft touch really makes a stay memorable. Books can be a nice addition. Think about the guests and what might interest them. I like including classic children’s books – works for kids and the young at heart. And don’t forget the very personal items, back-up toiletry items. It’s nice to have a toothbrush, hand lotion, etc. just in case.
Space for Luggage – Finally, baggage (whether physical or emotional) always come with guests. Guest rooms are often the catch-all space for things you don’t use that often or just don’t have a better home. Be careful not to consume too much storage space. Leave a few drawers empty for your guests (complete with a scented sachet) and space in the closet for hanging. And don’t forget the bags – a folding luggage rack takes little space and is a valuable luxury instead of having to hunch over your suitcase on the floor.
~Think about your favorite vacations and what made them special. You can recreate those memories in your guest room with these tips. You may love it so much, you can be a guest in your own home!
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