Are You House Guest Ready?
Guest Room Essentials Checklist
Whether you live near a tourist mecca, on the water, or are simply planning a summertime family reunion, you will probably find yourself playing host to visiting family and friends over the next few months. Don't get caught in a bind when summer visitors come calling - stock up on guest room essentials ahead of time! Start with this handy guest room checklist and make sure you’ve got all of the necessary guest room must haves.
Your guests will be tired, especially if they’ve been traveling. While you may be tempted to make your guest room a throw pillow repository, they’re looking for a comfortable place to land. That means soft bedding without worrying about how to pull back the covers or where to store a dozen frilly and beaded decorative items.
It’s difficult to sleep when you’re too hot. Even though the house may feel perfect to you, it may be a bit stuffy for your guests. If the room doesn’t already have a ceiling fan installed, add a small tabletop fan on a nighstand or dresser to keep the air circulating and provide a bit of white noise for more peaceful sleep.
Similarly, if it’s a little chilly for your guests, provide an extra full-size blanket -- not just a small decorative throw -- somewhere in the room and let your guests know it’s there. You can tuck it away in a drawer or on a shelf. That way, they can adjust the bedding and the room’s temperature so that it’s ideal for them.
Pillow height is a personal thing -- some people sleep flat while others want to sleep practically upright with a number of pillows stacked. Always provide at least two extra pillows in case they’re needed.
Not sure how to stack all those pillows? Check out our guide here.
Have a bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth for each guest on a side chair, at the foot of the bed, or hanging in a guest bathroom. If they’ve been sitting in the linen closet for a while, run them through the dryer to fluff them up and add a dryer sheet so that they smell fresh and newly laundered.
Make sure guests have access to a variety of lighting types in the guest room. Check to ensure that the overhead switch works so that they can have light when they first enter the room, especially if they are arriving in the evening. Provide table lamps at the bedside as well, so that they can read before bed if they like without having to run the overhead light.
Speaking of reading, just in case your guest didn’t bring along a book, it’s nice to provide a few magazines and a book or two in their room in case they have some downtime or want to read before bed. Gear the items to their interests or provide items related to your city or state.
With all those books lying around, you may also want to consider refreshing your bookshelf décor. Find some helpful tips here.
Shampoo and Conditioner
If guests are flying in, they may be reluctant to pack full size shampoo and conditioner -- and if they’re carrying on their luggage they may be unable to pack these. A bottle of shampoo and conditioner for normal hair or a bottle of two-in-one will work for most hair types.
Facial Cleanser and Bath Soap
Provide makeup remover towelettes or a bottle of facial cleanser so that guests can clean their faces in the morning and evening. (Protip: The makeup removers will help to protect your washcloths and towels from heavy makeup.) Put a fresh bar of soap in the shower or, to minimize soap scum and buildup, supply a bottle of shower gel instead. Try to choose products with minimal dyes and perfumes in order to avoid allergy triggers.
Tissues and Extra Toilet Paper
Ensure there is enough toilet paper and that you provide boxes of tissues so that guests don’t have to go searching or have an embarrassing call for assistance. Let guests know where these are located when they arrive so that they don’t have to root around for needed items.
Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash
It is almost inevitable that visitors come away from home having forgotten something, so providing these toiletries can help your guests avoid a late-night or early morning trip to the drugstore. If you want to save money, all of these can be purchased affordably at a dollar store, since they’ll only be needed for short term use.
A luggage rack can be folded and easily stored away, but take it out and set it up ahead of time so that guests can open and lay out their suitcases when they arrive. If your guest room has a walk-in closet, you may be able to tuck the luggage rack into the closet. Otherwise, set it up in an out of the way corner of the room so that it’s not in the way.
Don’t let guests make do with wire hangers left over from the dry cleaner. Provide a dozen or so substantial hangers so that they can hang up all of their clothing easily without worrying about suitcase wrinkles.
If you are in the habit of using your guest room closet for extra storage, be sure to check it before your guests arrive so that you can ensure there is plenty of room for them to hang up their clothes.
It’s no fun looking for a late-night drink of water and having to navigate a darkened and unfamiliar home to reach the kitchen. Make sure that you supply a few fresh water bottles each day so that your guests always having them when they want them. For an eco-friendly alternative, add a supply of cups to the bathroom vanity for tap water and be sure to wash them daily.
While your guests will bring their own prescription medicines, if needed, it’s nice to put a few things in the medicine cabinet that they might require. A bottle of headache medicine, some antacids, and perhaps a container of allergy pills can ensure that your guests feel their best throughout their visit.
Clean Wastebasket with Liners
If your guests are staying for several days, make sure you check their room daily to change out their wastebasket. Using small liners will allow you to quickly and discreetly tie up trash for disposal and pop in a new liner so that they always have a fresh, clean basket.
Stepstools or Seating
If your visitors include small children, it’s a great idea to add a small stepstool so that they can reach the sink and see the mirror when they brush their teeth. And don’t forget to add a chair or other seating next to the bathtub so that the parents can have a place to sit during bathtime. (If you really want to go the extra mile, provide cute hooded towels for your young guests. They’ll love them.)
Summer is a great time for entertaining and your Pulte home is made for sharing. Your visitors will love spending time at your place when you know how to make a guest room -- and your guests -- truly comfortable. Get your own printable list here and have fun hosting!
Contributed to Your Home blog by Christy Edgar Murdock
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