Essentials For A Cosy Guest Room

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When you have overnight guests stay in your home, you want them to feel comfortable and enjoy their stay. One of the best ways to do that is to stock your guest room, ahead of time, with items that will make them feel at home and like they can relax and enjoy themselves.

Fortunately, preparing your home for overnight guests is simple to do and it's all about anticipating their needs before they arrive. Here's the essentials to stock in your guest room to make it feel cosy and like a home away from home for your guests.

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1. Clean and unclutter your bedroom or sleeping area. Everyone enjoys sleeping in an uncluttered and clean space, so make sure before your guests come that you put away anything you've got out for other uses for that room (such as if the room is also used as a craft room, or home office), and get it cleaned up. You can use this deep cleaning checklist for the bedroom if you really want to get it looking great. 

2. Fresh, clean linens already placed on the bed. Your guests will spend a lot of time sleeping, so make sure the bed sheets, pillowcases, and other bedding are nice and clean, and the bed well made before their arrival. 

3. Extra pillows and blankets. Some people get a bit chilly, and want an extra blanket, or prefer sleeping with multiple pillows. Making these items available, before your guests even have to ask, is great, especially if your guests doesn't realise until the middle of the night they're a bit cold. 

4. Bedside fan. On the other hand, some people get warm at night, so again thinking ahead, and placing a  small fan near the bed they can use can be welcome. It also can help create some white noise which is comforting when sleeping in a new place. 

5. Alarm clock. Being able to quickly glance at the time as wanted or needed, and also not having to rely on someone else to wake you up, both make an alarm clock a nice touch. 

6. Glasses and a jug that can be filled with water, plus snacks. Some people like a drink of water at night, so adding this to the room can feel quite welcoming. In addition, stocking the room with a few small snacks, especially ones you know they love, can make guests feel special and cared for. 

7. Night light or other proper lighting to lead to the bathroom. Many times we need to use the bathroom at night, but in an unfamiliar room or house a small light to help guide you in the room or through the hall can be quite helpful and also keep your guests safer.
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8. Lay out towels and flannels for bathing. When guests are staying overnight they will most likely want to bathe at some point during their stay, so go ahead and place towels and flannels out for their use so they don't have to hunt from them later. 

9. Clean and uncluttered bathroom, preferably close to the guest bedroom.Make sure your guests know where the bathroom is that you've prepared for them to use, and before they arrive  get it all cleaned up and  uncluttered for their use. 

10. Extra toiletries. We've all forgotten a toothbrush, or needed shampoo or conditioner from time to time when we've packed to go somewhere. Having small travel sized toiletries available for emergencies like this is a thoughtful gesture. 

11. Hair dryer. Similarly, lugging around a hair dryer can be a lot when trying to pack light, so having one available for use is always appreciated. 

12. Hamper. Make sure your guests know where to  place dirty towels, or other linens, especially if it isn't obvious. It can be a bit embarrassing to ask, especially when guests want to make sure to clean up after themselves as much as possible. 

13. Full length mirror, if possible. When getting ready a glance in a  full length mirror is always helpful, so think about where you could place one in a guest room, such as on the back of a closet door, if possible.
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14. List of details about the home. This list could include where to find more towels or extra toiletries, instructions for working the TV and stereo, and the current Wi-Fi password. This type of information makes guests feel at home without making them feel like they're demanding too much from you. 

15. Luggage rack. When travelling it's always nice, when possible, to place your luggage on something so you don't have to bend down to get things out of your bag. Your guests will appreciate a luggage rack if one is available. 

16. Place to hang clothes and extra empty hangers that can be used. Similarly, when guests come with nicer clothes that need to be hung, providing wardrobe space or a hook to hang items on and some empty hangers, is a nice touch. 

17. Tissues. Simple little touches like making sure you've got tissues available in their guest room make guests feel loved and cared for. 

18. Reading materials, including magazines, and good fiction and non-fiction books. You want everyone to enjoy their time in your home, so providing nice entertainment options like books, or perhaps films if your guests prefer it, can help them feel at home. 

19. Reading light, or a lamp. For those who love to read at night a nice reading light, or bedside lamp, is very helpful. 

20. Bin. Everyone creates a bit of rubbish as they go through their day, so a small bin placed in the guest room, where it's obvious, can be helpful. Make sure the bin is completely empty when they arrive, and then empty it again soon after they've left. 

Are there more ways you make your house guests feel comfortable, or things you always stock in your guest bedroom or bathroom? If so, I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions below, in the comments.       

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WRITTEN BY:  householdmanagement101

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