How to Make Room for Holiday Guests

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Tips to make visitors feel at home in whatever space you have
Whether you're rolling out
the red carpet for holiday visitors or welcoming summer guests, a well-prepared
accommodations routine cuts down on stress and creates ease for both the host
and the hosted. You don't have to have a designated, guests-only room to
accomplish this, either─just follow a few hospitality principles and

Tips to make visitors feel at home in whatever space you have

Whether you're rolling out

the red carpet for holiday visitors or welcoming summer guests, a well-prepared

accommodations routine cuts down on stress and creates ease for both the host

and the hosted. You don't have to have a designated, guests-only room to

accomplish this, either─just follow a few hospitality principles and

everyone will feel at home.

style='font-family:Arial'>Sleeping quarters

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Start with a comfortable bed. A great mattress

    set is ideal, but the addition of a foam egg-carton topper can smooth out

    older ones.  Quality air mattresses

    can also be paired with box springs for a simple sleeping space. If you'll

    be using a shared space for sleeping quarters, consider options like day

    beds (which become handy seating in their off hours), Murphy beds for

    hideaway convenience, and folding beds that store easily in closets.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Treat guests to quality bedding, including a

    selection of pillows and an extra blanket or down comforter. Also be sure

    to have a spare set of sheets handy.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Whether the guest area is a private bedroom or bunk

    in the basement, make sure there's a side table or cabinet nearby equipped

    with a convenient reading light, a bit of storage space, and such comforts

    as a quiet clock and bottled water.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Clear a bit of closet space on both the hanging

    rod and floor so your guest has private storage space. Provide a handful

    of hangers, and if space allows, add a folding luggage stand that can be

    used inside the closet or outside in the guest area.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Convenient seating is also welcome. Add a small

    slipper chair, a bench at the foot of the bed, or even a rolling, tufted

    ottoman where a guest can take a pause.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Clear away clutter─that

    means no obstacles on floors, no personal documents stored in plain sight,

    and no display of personal collections on surfaces better used for the

    guest's gear.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Keep the space quiet by oiling any squeaky

    hinges, stopping drips in nearby bathrooms, and silencing any chiming

    clocks.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Ensure safety by removing area rugs that could

    trip guests up and placing a

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    style='font-family:Arial'>shlight within easy reach.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Workable window coverings should be present for

    both privacy and lighting control.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>If your guest space permits, provide wired

    conveniences like a small television, personal coffee maker, and data

    outlets for laptop use.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>When it comes to decorating, keep colors neutral

    and soothing, and select accessories that add personality without getting

    to personal (i.e., a display of family photos is a bit much since they’re

    already seeing plenty of you, but a beautiful landscape shot from your

    vacation is great for the guest escape).

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style='font-family:Arial'>In the bath

  • style='font-family:Arial'>If you’ve got a powder room with space for

    expansion, consider installing a compact shower for guest convenience.

    It’ll also come in handy during busy outdoor seasons when sweaty athletes

    and muddy gardeners need a clean-up stop on their way back

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    style='font-family:Arial'>oors.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>If you already have a spare bathroom or must

    share a single space, clear the decks so guests feel comfortable about

    using it. Unclutter surfaces, stow away products that usually stick around

    in the shower or tub, and make sure an abundance of towels and washcloths is

    easy to find.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Steer clear of heavy scents, because what your

    nose knows may not be welcome to everyone else’s. Instead, provide a nice

    selection of soaps, and set out a small vase with a sprig of something seasonal

    from your garden to add subtle freshness.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Fill a small basket with travel-size toiletries

    and any helpful necessities that travelers tend to forget (new toothbrush,

    disposable razor, etc.), and place it conveniently on the counter. Also

    show your guests where they can find the spare hairdryer in case they need

    it.

  • style='font-family:Arial'>Design-wise, it’s fine to go a little bolder

    with colors and décor, but keep the guest bath as welcoming and soothing

    as you can.

Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the show’s podcast or sign-up for Tom’s free weeklye-newsletter, visit the program’s website.


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