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Creating a Welcoming Guest Room: 8 Weeks at Home Series

Welcome to week 6 of the 8 Weeks at Home Series! We’re spending eight weeks decluttering, simplifying and cleaning up room by room in preparation for summer. This week, we’re going to create a welcoming space to host summer guests. Whether you have a dedicated guest bedroom, an air mattress in your home office, or a folding couch in the living room, you can create a cozy space for guests that will make them feel loved and welcome. Let’s start by decluttering some space for them!

While you’re working in each space, keep some paper and a pen handy and make note of any repairs that need to be made, any supplies that need to be restocked, or any decorating changes you’d like to make. As you decide to get rid of stuff, remove it from the space right away and get it out of the house ASAP so that it doesn’t worm its way back into the space. Take out bags of trash and recycling daily so they don’t pile up in your workspace.

Creating a Welcoming Guest Room: 8 Weeks at Home Series

7 Tips for a Welcoming Guest Space

  1. If you’ve got a dedicated guest room, remove or store items that don’t create that “B&B sanctuary” feel that you’re looking for. Use covered or closed storage such as a dresser, boxes or baskets with lids, or a storage trunk to hide items like extra toys, board games, out-of-season clothes, craft projects, and the like. It’s difficult for guests to rest well when they’re surrounded by chaos, so make an effort to declutter, camouflage or flat-out hide excess items.
  2. If your guest space is a temporary spot in a room such as your office, living room or a kids’ room, tidy up the space and put away as many personal belongings as possible so that the room feels more open and welcoming. Makes sure there are spaces available for the guest to unpack some of her own belongings. It’s difficult to “make yourself at home” when there’s no place to unpack some of your own stuff.
  3. Create some space in a closet for your guest to hang her clothing, and make sure to provide some empty hangers for her use.
  4. Make a comfy bed. Dress the bed ahead of time with clean, stain-free/hole-free linens washed in a non-toxic laundry detergent. If possible, offer several pillow choices, such as a soft pillow and a firm pillow, with options to stack them for comfort. I also have a body pillow on my guest bed since it makes a good bolster too. Place a season-appropriate blanket or comforter on the bed, and then provide an extra blanket folded neatly nearby in case your guest gets cold and needs additional warmth.
  5. Keep the dresser or other flat surfaces clear so your guest has a place to set items down. Leave a couple of coasters, a box of tissues and maybe a pitcher of ice water next to the bed. It’s also a nice touch to leave a couple of books or magazines nearby in case your guest needs some before-bed reading material.
  6. Create a welcome basket for the guest room or bathroom with travel-size toiletries for your guests’ use. I like to keep a few extra toothbrushes on hand as well. Try to anticipate what your guest may need and provide it in advance so she doesn’t feel uncomfortable asking. Set out extra towels and washcloths for your guests to use so they don’t have to look for them.
  7. One often-overlooked guest room item is a mirror. Providing a good-size mirror inside your guest room space will make it more comfortable and easier if your guest prefers to get dressed or put on make-up in the privacy of their room instead of running back and forth to a shared bathroom. It’s a little touch that can really help simplify your guests’ stay. Likewise, make sure to include a trash can near the guest bed for their use!

Looking for the rest of the 8 Weeks at Home series? Post links will be added here as they’re published!

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