How to Make Your House Guests Feel at Home
Your guest room or guest space reflects your attitude towards your overnight guests. Why not make it a beautiful and welcoming room to shower your friends in comfort!
Defining the Space
Everyone needs their "space" to feel comfortable. Even if you don't have a designated "Guest Room" you can create a space for your guests to call their own, and not feel like they are intruding. Most often our guest room doubles as another necessary room of the house. For instance, the Study. If your Study will be the place for guests to sleep, furnish it with some kind of sleeper sofa, or chair that folds out to a bed, if possible. If space or money prohibit these options, you can always invest in an inflatable mattress for this room. And by making the mattress up with beautiful, soft, sheets and pillows and a blanket or comforter your friends will feel special. If you use this option, be sure to keep the Study clean, and put your papers away and clear the desk, so that it doesn't feel like they are sleeping in an office building.
If there is no separate area like a Guest Room or a Study for you to set up for your guests, you can define a space within a living or family room area where you can either set up the mattress as above, or dress the sofa like a bed when it's time to hit the sack! You can find inexpensive folding room dividers, in thrift or hobby stores, and when they aren't being used to wall off the sleeping area for the company they can be used as decorations against a wall, or behind a sofa.
And once again, it is always special to use nice sheets and coverings for your company. Not old, stained and hole-filled ones that have been around for years. Invest in a new set and use them just for company.
If you are lucky enough to have a separate unused bedroom that you can designate as the Guest Room you can really make it a haven for company. I cherish my family and friends that travel long (or short) distances to come visit us, so I tend to go overboard with my guest room.
Besides the obvious, clean the room thoroughly , be sure to check under the bed, and make plenty of room for them in the closet (which often serves as a storage hole for most of us), and an empty drawer is always a welcome treat. I wash the sheets just before I know they are coming so they smell fresh and clean. And I often times will throw the comforter in the dryer with a dryer sheet to freshen and plumpen it up.
I like to pick up the local magazine that has all the events for the month in our city and I put that out with one or two other magazines for them to browse. An alarm clock sits on the nightstand, with a lamp and if I am really ambitious I will get fresh flowers to make them feel special. Finally, I like to include a photograph of my guests with us from previous outings or visits so the room is more personal for them, and they know that they are a treasure in our lives.
Nice New Towels
If the Guest Room has it's own bathroom you are very lucky! Have fun collecting hotel toiletries and put them in a basket for your guests. Keep an extra new toothbrush or two in a drawer and also any other miscellaneous toiletries (toothpaste, shaving cream, razors) or appliances (hair dryer, curling iron.) And please don't make the guest bathroom the old towel depot. If you can invest in new towels that are only for guests, and make sure there is a bath rug, toilet paper and tissues in the bathroom. Clean the bathroom and keep a cleaning rag and glass cleaner under the sink. Most guests like to keep the area clean after they leave - this makes it possible. This may all seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at the condition of some guest baths that I have seen.
I like to make sure I have some of my visitors favorite foods on hand in my kitchen, and even prepare a favorite meal of theirs while they stay. A bowl of chocolates or candies, and water bottles or a carafe and glass for water always make my guests feel special. And if you are feeling extravagant get a bathrobe for the guest room and slippers too.
I love to feel at home when I visit family and friends, so it is only natural that I would like them to feel the same way. The only drawback is that sometimes they are so comfortable they don't want to leave!