Five Things Every Guest Room Needs

First of all, nothing motivates me more to clean and organize the house than having guests over. My in-laws are coming to town this weekend, which means I was inspired to spruce up the house before they get here!

As you may remember from my office makeover, our guest room serves many purposes. Some days it’s my office, other days it’s a puppy play room, and this weekend it’s going to be a full-on guest room. So I closed up the closet, pulled out the Murphy bed and started assembling all of my guest room goodies.

I love making people feel like they’re on a little retreat when they come stay with us. Brandon does, too. We could totally run a B&B one day.

I think the secret to hospitality is setting up your guest room with these five qualities.

{ONE} It’s Welcoming

As soon as your guests have entered their designated space (even if it’s just a pullout couch in your living room) show them you’re excited and ready for their visit. Have a plan for where they can put their luggage and hang clothes, place a few folded towels neatly on the foot of the bed, put some fresh flowers in a vase by the bed, and light a candle so the room smells nice and has a pretty glow.

{TWO} It’s Comforting

Think of all the things you would want in a cozy room, and have them on hand. If the room is chilly, have extra blankets on hand or plug in a small space heater. Make sure you have plenty of pillows, and if you want to go the extra mile, place a couple of “luxury” items on the nightstand, such as bottles of water and pieces of chocolate.

{THREE} It’s Entertaining

You can’t expect your guests to spend every waking hour with you. Well, unless it’s your sister or best friend who simply lives too far away. Most of your guests need a little time to themselves to chill. So put the latest issue of your favorite magazine and a few good books in a basket or on a shelf in their room. I happen to have a small piano in our guest room, and my MIL likes to sit and quietly play every now and then. Musical instruments or even a simple deck of cards can be good options, as well.

{FOUR} It’s Practical

I’m always forgetting something when I travel. Whether it’s contact solution or toothpaste, I don’t always have my act together when I’m packing. Perhaps I’m just so excited for my trip ahead?! Regardless, I like to think I’m not alone on the issue, so I keep a stash of travel-sized toiletries in a small jar in my guest room. It’s usually stocked with shampoo, soap, toothpaste, lotions, dental floss, hair spray, Q-tips and a sewing kit. You don’t need a ton of items, just what you think your guests might need in a pinch. Oh, and remember to write down your wifi password and leave it on the dresser. This is another practical, yet essential, item they’ll need.

{FIVE} It’s Personal

Lastly, one of the most important things you can do to make your guests feel special is to leave a handwritten note on the bedside table that tells them how excited you are for their visit. Time is precious, and they’ve chosen to spend it with you. When you express your appreciation, and do it in writing, they leave with not only a full heart, but also a lovely souvenir.

Have a wonderful weekend. If you end up entertaining family or friends, I hope this guide gives you some ideas on how to make their stay more special.

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XOXO

-Kate

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4 comments on “Five Things Every Guest Room Needs

  1. I love number 4. We got a few of those beautiful glass containers as wedding presents and I’ve been looking for a nice use for them! Right now we don’t do a lot of overnight entertaining, but that is such a good tip for the future. Nice post!

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