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5 Foolproof Ways to Make Your Guest Feel Welcome

With summer right around the corner, we will be entertaining house guests twice as frequently as any other season. In fact, we have a guest joining us this coming weekend, and I felt that it was time to give our guest room some much needed attention. I always appreciate when I visit a friend or family member’s home, and there are small touches throughout that ensure I feel comfortable and welcome, and of course, I strive to do the same for our guests. Today I thought I would share a few fantastic ways I have organized and enhanced our guest area, to ensure our guests feel right at home even when they are miles away from their own home.

Organized Guest Room

1. Create a place to store clothing. It could be as simple as placing a luggage rack in the room for a suitcase, or clearing a drawer or portion of a closet for hanging space. Another great option would be a clothing valet or collapsible garment rack if closet space is limited.

2. Offer your guests a mixture of bedding options for the variety of sleepers you may end up hosting. I like to have a couple of pillow types (fill and firmness) on hand, as well as extra throw blankets to accommodate differing body temp preferences. Store the extra linens in a basket near the bed so they feel comfortable selecting the bedding they prefer to snuggle in with.

Organized Guest Room

3. Create a toiletry kit. There are times when you may find yourself hosting a last minute or unexpected guest, and there are also times when your guests simply forget a few of their basic daily essentials. Add a basket or bin to your linen closet , which is pre-stocked with general daily care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap and lotion. Consider the types and sizes of items a hotel will leave out, and create a similar set of options for your visitors. It is also important to label the bin or basket to ensure they know that the items are free for them to use, and to leave out a fresh set of towels and wash cloths. You may receive a few bonus points if you offer up a robe and a warm pair of slippers.

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4. Bedside manners matter. If you want your guest to feel extra special and cared for, add some thoughtful touches to the nightstand or table near the bed. A few things to consider for this area of the room are a lamp for reading, bottled water, a vase of flowers, a small tray for daily trinkets, a candle, tissues, a notepad and a pen. It is also a great idea to include your home’s wireless internet log-in details, instructions for the television remote and easy access to a power outlet for tech charging.

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5. Good Morning! Many folks prefer to start their day with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Consider setting up a beverage station within your home that is welcoming and provides a variety of options for your visitor. Offer a few coffee roast and tea options, as well as sugar, creamer, spoons, mugs and saucers. It is nice to keep this type of setup for yourself year round, but be sure your guests feel welcome to utilize the setup as well by adding a sweet little “Help Yourself” sign nearby.


The best part of these simple steps is that once you take the time to put together the space and kits, it is extremely easy to maintain and stay prepared all year long!


What additional actions do you take while you are hosting your friends and family for a few days? Are there any steps others have taken to ensure you feel comfortable and welcome while traveling?

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