Your House is Their House
Even though I live in a small one-bedroom apartment in New York City, I love having house guests. It’s fun to take care of family and friends when they’re in your city, and showing them around helps you appreciate what your area has to offer. I never get tired of trips to the Statue of Liberty or to the top of the Empire State Building!
Having your place fully prepared for overnight guests helps makes their visit THAT much more stress-free. Here are my tried and true tips for getting your house and guest room (should you be lucky enough to have one) ready for your beloved guests!
Beginning Basics: a Great Bed
It’s music to my ears when overnight guests say they slept like a baby! Make sure you have a good-sized comfortable bed – or daybed – for your guest room. A sofa bed or foam pad that’s too short just won’t do it. If a new bed, or a used one in good shape, isn’t in your budget, think about getting a quality air mattress. I put one on top of my pull-out sofa bed mattress, and my guests always tell me how well they sleep on it!
No need to over-pillow – four pillows along with two to three decorative ones should be more than enough. Throwing 20 pillows off the bed before bedtime is a pet peeve of mine! So make sure you stock the bed with just enough pillows for sleeping and propping up the head while reading.
Hot or Cool: Pick Your Preference
Everybody has certain sleeping preferences – some people like to be toasty warm, others like things light and airy. Because of this, it’s important to outfit your bed with both light and heavy blankets.
As accidents DO happen, it’s a smart idea to always have an extra set of fresh bed and bath linens available for your guests. They’ll feel especially welcome and it’s an easy thing to do.
Throw in the Towel
Here’s another way to pamper guests – with soft, fluffy towels! Provide each guest with one bath towel, one hand towel, and one washcloth. You can embroider guest towels with your monogram or a single word like “Welcome” or “Guest.”
Choose a color for guest towels that’s different from your family’s everyday towels. This way, guests will know which towels are theirs in a shared bathroom. Fold and bundle towel sets with wide ribbon.
If you have multiple guests over at once, a quick and easy idea is to sew colored loops on to the corner of each towel. That way, when the towels are hung from a robe hook, guests will know which towels belongs to them!
I love these bamboo towels because they’re incredibly soft and eco-friendly.
A Place for a Suitcase
Creating a space for guests to set down a suitcase really makes guests feel comfortable. You can purchase a luggage rack, or place a small table or bench in the room for guests to rest their suitcases upon. No one likes stooping over to the floor to pull out a clean pair of socks. Even a chair is better than nothing! Another option is to designate a large bath towel for guests to place on the bed before they put their luggage on it.
Stay tuned for Best for Your Guests Part II …