How to Have a Guest Bedroom Ready for Guests
With the December holidays just on the horizon, it is time to make sure that your guest bedroom is ready for guests and we offer some tips on how to do this without stressing out.
When you have guests coming to stay during the holidays, it is normally a mad rush around trying to make sure that everything is sorted and ready for their arrival. This year, instead of leaving it until the last minute, take a deep breath and look at how you can easily create a welcoming and relaxing guest bedroom.
Most everyone loves to have guests over the holidays and to be able to spend time with family or friends. The only problem is making sure that you plan everything so that you are not run off your feet to keep everyone happy. Here is our list of 4 things to get ready and what you need to do to prepare for the arrival of guests.
1. Mattress Check
First things first, you need to thoroughly clean and air the mattress. Whether the room has been sitting empty or someone is giving up their bed for guests, make sure to take the mattress outdoors for a couple of hours in the sun to disinfect the natural way. If there is definite signs of sagging it might be a good idea to look at investing in a new mattress.
Sprinkle the mattress with Bicarbonate of Soda and leave for a couple of hours before vacuuming it away. By doing this, you remove any stale odours left in the mattress and any body oils from the previous occupant. If you want, use a scented linen freshener on the mattress and bedding. This will add a delightful scent to the room.
Take stock of the bed linen to be used in the guest bedroom and have this laundered in advance. Put the bedding on the bed a few days in advance of guests' arrival so that it has time to flatten and remove creases. Check the sheets for pilling or fuzz that is caused by broken fibres and replace these if possible. There's nothing worse than climbing into a fresh clean bed and feeling fluffy sheets caused by someone else's rough feet!
For your guests to be comfortable, you need to think about things that you would like in the room if you were staying over for a night or more. A set of soft, fluffy towels is essential and will allow your visitors to take care of their needs without bothering you.
Make sure that there is soap and hand wash in the bathroom, as well as a stash of toilet paper if the need arises. That will take the load off your shoulders. For just in case, having a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste will be a relief if guests forget to pack their own and if they don't, you can use it yourself.
If at all possible, look at having an in-room coffee station that your guests can make use of early in the morning and then you won't have to run around to keep your family and guests happy. If you plan on having a continental breakfast available in the mornings, have fresh croissants on the kitchen counter under a glass dome to keep them fresh as well as a butter dish and knife and perhaps a selection of jams. Woolworths have a selection of baked goods that you can store and simply warm up when you need them.
Providing a drip-feed coffee machine or kettle and tea service will ensure guests are happy when rising in the morning and keep them out of your hair while you prepare breakfast for the family.
At the end of the day, you love having guests stay in your home but you also want things to run as smoothly as possible. Making sure your guests have what they need will keep them out of your hair so that you can enjoy a stress-free holiday as well.