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What’s more fun than hosting friends and family at home? Surrounded by the warmth of an inviting space, it’s a great time to bond and grow closer with the people we care about most. We get to share our space and our choices, which we all hope include the best sides of our personalities.

When there’s an extended stay on your horizon, getting prepared for all your guests’ needs can help channel your excitement into productivity.  A wonderfully prepared guest room can help you feel worry-free and makes your visitors feel totally comfortable and welcomed.  Here are a few tried-and-true tips:

  • Think about your own “best experiences” as a guest.  What little things have made your experiences memorable? Did you run out of toilet paper in that one hotel room, or encounter the cleanest, softest sheets you’ve ever slept in at a bed and breakfast? Whatever your memory, pleasant or not, build on the impression to create the perfect setting for your guests.
  • How can you make your guests feel more independent? Be sure to stock your rooms with items for which guests may feel uncomfortable asking: toilet paper, tissues, shampoo, soap, tampons, pantiliners, cotton swabs, hand soap, toothpaste and more. Often, guests will bring their own toiletries, but it’s better to be overstocked than underprepared!  And while we’re in the bathroom space, don’t forget plenty of fluffy towels and washcloths! Including an all-purpose cleaner or disinfectant wipes is thoughtful, too.
  • Another essential (aside from bathroom fare) is great bedding. Include freshly laundered sheets, pillowcases and blankets on the bed—and a backup set in the room’s closet. Adding different types of pillows can be a great way to show your guest you understand both the potential for varying needs and the importance of a good night’s sleep.
  • Beyond the “essentials,” consider items that are easy to forget when packing for a vacation. Items like slippers, pencil and paper and heating pads aren’t necessarily the best use of suitcase space, so having them on hand can make all the difference. An eclectic selection of magazines and the latest novels is an inviting way to let guests know to relax and make themselves at home. Another great addition your guests will probably have left at home? A fully stocked first-aid kit.

Whatever you select for the ideal summer guest room, considering the options will help you feel prepared and keep you looking forward to your guests’ arrival throughout the wait.

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