Preparing your home for guests can feel a bit overwhelming, especially since your time may also be wrapped up in getting ready for the holidays. Here are a few simple tips to help make your guests feel welcome and at home.
Make space for your guests
This might seem like a no brainer, but it is probably the easiest, most effective way to help guests feel at ease right away. A cluttered guest room or common area can make guests feel unsure about where to put their things or feel out of place.
Clear some extra space in the guest closet, leave a drawer empty, put a small tray out for keys and phones in the guest room, and cut out some of the regular clutter in the great room. A few simple changes will give your guests plenty of space for essentials and to help them feel relaxed in your home.
If you’re hosting out of town guests for the holidays, make sure you greet them with a few thoughtful touches. These small gestures don’t take a lot of time or money, but the impact is huge.
- Fresh towels and washcloths
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Make guests feel right at home by including a stack of freshly laundered towels and washcloths. After all, nobody wants to dry off with the same towel Junior just used to wipe off his grimy hands!
- Spa robe
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Who says fancy resorts and spas are the only ones who should provide guests with fluffy white robes? Turn your guest bath into a private spa retreat with the simple addition of a white robe on a hanger.
- Welcome baskets
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Fill a basket with your guest’s favorite reading material, snacks and personal care products for a welcoming surprise. You’ll feel just as good giving such a thoughtful welcome basket as your guest will receiving it!
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Treat your visitors to mini or full size versions of those essential toiletries they may have forgotten or just didn’t have the space to pack. They’ll be so glad you did!
- Bedside carafe
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Dress up your guest room night table with a bedside carafe for water, some fresh flowers and a few books. The only drawback to your hospitality? Your guests may never want to leave!
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