Guest season is approaching for parties and extended holiday stays.
I read that you should stay a night in your guest room so you can experience what your guests do and see what needs to be adjusted. But since I probably won’t do that, I decided to ask my best friend Jackie how her stay was – because your best friend will tell the truth.
“The bed was comfy, the flowers were a nice touch, but I was missing the bottle of water that was there last time,” she said.
“But you could have gone to the fridge and taken anything you wanted!” I laughed.
Even if the kitchen is always open, and even your guest who happens to be your best friend can help herself, guests love having little touches that make them feel right at home. So, I’m fluffing the pillows and getting the guest room ready for the season.
Here’s a rundown of my guest room preparation tips.
1 / Refresh + Disinfect
We have a cleaning lady who comes every three weeks and sometimes we’ll have multiple guests within that time frame which means I’m the cleaning lady. We refresh the bedding, dust, and wipe down surfaces and door handles with Lysol Wipes and spray areas with Lysol Disinfectant Spray – Lysol kills 99.9% of bacteria on soft surfaces.
2/ Prepare the Bedside Table
I look for the little conveniences in hotel rooms when I’m traveling so I figure why not do the same for our guests. In hotels, it’s a bonus when you receive complimentary bottles of water, so Smartwater it is – to stay hydrated in the desert.
A rundown of what I make sure is on the nightstands in the guest room:
- House key (in a small bowl that doubles as a jewelry catcher)
- Candle with matches
- Internet password in a frame
- Flowers (keep at minimal, I had one guest who had pollen allergies)
- Bottle of Smartwater
We have a USB charger on the wall and a nightlight. I leave it illuminated at night so the guests know it’s there and sometimes waking up in an unfamiliar place to use the bathroom at night can make you stumble.
Also, I have an extra blanket nearby incase guests need extra warmth.
3/ Have a Guest Basket
Many years ago on a girlfriend trip to Hawaii, our hostess had gift basket for each of us – inside was a sarong, aloe, sunblock, and other necessary goodies. I started to think, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little basket of goodies for those guests that stay an extended amount of time? Even a short visitor would love this if they forget something or needed a little indulgence.
I took a quick stop into CVS, I am there at least once a week! I found so many items to put in our guest basket including lip balm and house slippers – I love getting everything in one place.
I grabbed one of my many baskets I had around the house and filled it up!
- Magazines – local is a unique touch for visitors who haven’t been to your area before and want to explore.
- Lip balm
- Halls Defense Vitamin C drops
- Sampler box of chocolates
- Shower cap
- Premium Saltines + jam
- House slippers (we are shoes off home and house slippers can be worn every night instead of socks)
- Small Kleenex tissues
- Extra Smartwater
I’m the girl who always needs a tissue, from my active lifestyle of going in and out of the house and allergies, I am never without a small pack of Kleenex in my bag.
This season means a packed calendar full of social events so I need to feel my best and I’m sure my guests do too – I love HALLS for relief of cough and scratchy throat, the air is quite dry here so HALLS will help.
When it’s not your bed, I say you can eat in it, because you’re on vacation. A little Premium snack for the late night muncher with some French jam.
I hang a freshly laundered robe, fold out the luggage rack at the foot of the bed. I also have a designated guest basket in the bathroom for bathroom odds and ends.
Are you hosting this season? Check out more ideas on how to get prepared with CVS here.
Starting Sunday 11/15 through the end of the week, if you spend $15 at your CVS store, you will receive $5 in extrabucks! Find your nearest CVS here.
Happy hostessing and memory making this season!