The holidays are typically a time for lots of merriment and cheer. They also often include an abundance of guests visiting your home, which means it’s time to get the guest room ready for family and friends who’ll be spending time with you this season. Consider these easy tips to help transform your guest room into a comfortable and restful retreat.
Clean and Clear
The first step in creating a welcoming getaway for guests is giving the room a good cleaning. If your guest room has become a catch-all for items you’ve been meaning to organize throughout the year, the arrival of guests can serve as the perfect motivator to take care of the task. For a painless approach, start the process a few weeks in advance, devoting 15 minutes a day to clutter-busting and cleaning.
Home is Where the Hairdryer Is
While fancy furniture and decor are nice, a gracious guest room is about hospitality and anticipating the needs of your guests. Think about useful necessities provided in hotel rooms—a reading lamp, an alarm clock, fresh sheets and a hair dryer. Simply add them to the guest bedroom or bathroom to create a thoughtfully appointed home away from home.
Comfort is King
Few things make guests feel more comfortable and cared for than being able to get a good night’s sleep, and that can start with your mattress. The guest room mattress is often overlooked because you’re not the one sleeping on it. If it has lumps and bumps or is more than seven years old, it’s time to replace it. For an easy solve, the sleep specialists at a retailer like Mattress Firm can help you find the best mattress for your needs.
Focus on Functional
Because your guests may not conform to the same schedule as you, ensure the early risers and night owls have things at their disposal to stay occupied while others are sleeping. A photo frame that includes the wi-fi password so your guests can easily connect their smart devices and a television in the room are thoughtful accommodations.
Thoughtful Touches Add Up
Consider a small vase of fresh flowers, a scented candle, some subtle holiday decorations or even a few of your favorite magazines and books.
—Submitted by Family Features