Opening your home to someone allows for an intimate relationship between you and your guest. Upholding the utmost in hospitality standards in your home is vital, as it’s a direct reflection of you and your willingness to serve others. It’s about keeping your guests happy and providing for them to the best of your ability.
Before welcoming your first guest into your home, there are a few things to consider to ensure they have the most enjoyable experience possible.
Creating a room with focused décor that’s simple and neutral will make everyone feel comfortable. Don’t have your guest room share the same space with your collectibles, holiday décor, or loose paperwork. Clear the closet out and add some hangers so guests can use the space for their own personal belongings. Taking time to clear out space shows your guests you respect them and welcome their stay.
What ultimately takes a room from blah to brilliant is all in the details! It’s the little things that make the biggest impact. Go the extra mile and personalize. Add fresh flowers to the room prior to your guests’ arrival. Spray some pillow mist on the bedding and provide a sweet, personalized welcome note. I like to also add Wi-Fi and TV/cable instructions. Display local magazines and other reading materials in the room to keep your guests engaged.
Convenience is the name of the game, and this goes for everything in the space. Make sure the side table and lamp are accessible and near the bed. Don’t forget the necessities: store extra towels, linens, and sheets nearby. In the bathroom, provide simple amenities. Place toiletries in plain sight, and store a small hairdryer and extra pack of toothbrushes in a drawer for that “just in case” moment. Perhaps add a small basket with your guests’ favorite snacks. In general, it provides a nice touch to have a savory or sweet snack waiting for them. Try to remove any of your own personal belongings and pictures, depending on who your guests happen to be.
Providing these things may seem like a lot of work, but the better-equipped you are, the smoother the stay will be for your guests. Being generous and thoughtful in your planning will give them an immediate sense of relief upon their arrival, which will leave a positive lasting impression. By being accommodating, creating a warm and convenient space, and paying attention to detail, you can transform your guest room from blah to brilliant!
Ashly Bloore is a freelance writer