With the family holidays fast approaching we all scramble to prepare for incoming guests from out of state. Whether you will be entertaining your guests for one evening or a couple of nights, there are a few tricks to making them feel right at home. Anyone who has spent the night away from home knows that we are only human to forget that ONE thing we need. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind for your guest bathrooms and bedrooms this holiday season.
Do you have??
Soap, shampoo, a toothbrush, hair dryer, razors…deodorant? Think of your home as a mini hotel for this period of time, and you are guest services! Hotels provide everything (or as much as they can) for their traveling guest’s needs. Have these items ready in the guest bathroom drawers and cabinets. This will help your guests feel comfortable and right at home.
Enough with the Pillows
We get it, you want to impress us with your fancy décor. We know you worked hard to find the exact pillows that match the drapes, etc., but your guests won’t know where to properly place your beautiful pillows when it comes time for bed (heaven forbid they place them on the floor). After some nice turkey and red wine the last thing your guest wants to decide is where to place all of your accent pillows, so keep it simple. Quick suggestion: keep a maximum of four pillows with only two accent pillows if you must.
Hello? Is Anyone There?
This is the last thing your guests want to ask for. Make sure you have ample toilet paper in plain sight. Seems simple right? When we are running to the bathroom (even if our mothers always told us to check before we go), we often forget to check until it’s too late. Get creative with your “TP” décor. Try a basket filled with rolls alongside the toilet or seek out a roll dispenser that has a modern twist.
Count Down in Three, Two…
It is very intimidating to arm and disarm home security systems when they are not your own. Take the time to review how your security system works with your guests, (perhaps more than once). If you leave your home before them, make sure they are comfortable locking up.
It’s The Little Things
Have your Wi-Fi passcode easily accessible for your guests. Place it in an easy-to-find location, such as a nightstand or desk. Be sure to include other helpful information, like a primary telephone number, the house address and anything that you think is beneficial to know.
Overall, we know you will do great entertaining this holiday season, making memories that we can’t wait to hear about. Do you have any tips and tricks for making guests comfortable while visiting? Share your thoughts and comments below! We’d love to hear if any of our tips worked for you and if you have something to add or share. Happy Holidays from Taylor Morrison!