We’ve all travelled and spent time at the home of a family member or friend, and while we want to have an enjoyable stay, we also want to be the type of guest that our family and friends want to invite back. So, if you are planning on having a house guest for any period, there are ways that you can help them not only enjoy their stay, but also ensure that you as well, will find their stay pleasant.
The following are suggestions that we feel will help your visitor feel welcomed and at home & will be helpful to ensure that while you have a guest, you have accommodated many of their immediate needs.
1 – FRESH TOWELS
One of my favorite things is fresh towels – white especially! They have that spa quality to them and feel almost sinful because they always look so crisp and clean! I totally admire anyone who can maintain a white towel to stay white.
This is one item that can be purchased just for guests, and kept in your guest bedroom, stored neatly out of sight so that No One uses them…well except your guests ????
2 – PILLOWS
How many times have you stayed overnight somewhere and are provided with one single pillow? This is especially disheartening if the pillow is flat (unless you like a flat pillow of course).
A recommendation is to have four pillows on the bed (dependent on the size of bed of course, if you have a twin bed, then two pillows will suffice), one firm pillow and one soft pillow for each of your guests. In addition, it would be helpful to store and extra pillow or two either in the closet, or under their bed in a storage container, so that they can access it on their own.
3 – FRESH SHEETS
There is nothing more satisfying than slipping into bed with crisp fresh sheets.
One of my favorite things especially are; sheets after being hung on the clothesline. If you have a clothesline, I highly recommend you dry your sheets this way and then simply enjoy the fresh outdoors scent as you settle in for the night.
Having a second set of sheets available is always a nice unexpected touch – especially for guests that are planning on staying for several days or weeks.
4 – BLANKETS
Some of us like it warm and cozy while we sleep, while others would rather sleep in a cooler climate. My recommendation would be to layer the bedding.
- top sheet
- a soft blanket over that
- and finally, a duvet or comforter.
This way, they don’t have to ask for more blankets and they have the freedom to remove a blanket to moderate their level of comfort as they wish.
I like to keep extra blankets handy in a basket near the bed, or at the end of the bed, should they feel they need an extra layer.
5 – DIARY OR BOOKS
Travelling is a journey, and with that there are so many experiences that your guests may decide to journal about. They may wish to remember places, events, dates, or people that they met along the way.
What a thoughtful memento that you can leave for them in their bedside table.
Books I realize are so personal in their genres, however a book on travel (especially specific to where you live) or perhaps on a hobby that you happen to know that they like is another thoughtful gesture.
6 – GREETING CARD WITH Wi-Fi
I like the idea of having a greeting card on their pillow, inside you can inscribe a simple welcome, but enclosed are the Wi-Fi password, and TV remote instructions.
This way, you won’t need to go through an entire instruction seminar with them that they most likely won’t remember anyway. It makes a great point of reference if they do need to refer to it, and this way once again, they won’t feel like they are a bother.
7 – PERSONAL PHOTO
A friend of mine had done this when her mother in law was visiting, and I LOVED this idea. It was a special touch that really said, we appreciate you!
On a night stand, have a framed photo of a your guest or couple’s wedding day, if they have a child or children, place a photo of their child/family etc…, or perhaps they have a fur baby that they had to leave at home – have a photo of their pet.
This is something that will not only surprise and delight them but will add a bit of home and familiarity to their stay. They will sincerely be touched by your gesture and in turn, you will feel so good about making them feel special.
8 – COFFEE OR TEA ANYONE?
Having a beverage on the ready is a great way for your early risers to help themselves. In this way, they can be independent and won’t be worried about troubling you early in the morning. They also won’t feel inclined to hold off from enjoying a quiet cup of coffee while they welcome the morning sun.
Water bottles too are so appreciated. I know that sometimes I so need a sip of water during the night. Especially if you have a change in climate. Your home may be much drier than their home and therefore a bottle of water is so appreciated.
9 – TOILETRIES
Have you ever gone on vacation and you forget something? Okay, normal thing to do for most of us. Having some special toiletries on hand is so helpful for your guests.
I especially like to do something extra special and find soaps or body lotion for example that is hand made from one our local specialty shops in the area.
The scent is aromatic without being full of chemicals, which to me; is a huge factor in providing a level of well being that most people don’t treat themselves to.
This is a crazy busy time for your guest. They must plan, pack and prepare for their travel home. It is exhausting and at times quite stressful as it is jammed packed with so many things to do and remember.
10 – LOOT BAG
Surprise your guest with a loot bag for their travels home.
Have things like a; bottle of water, gum, a snack, tissue, an interesting magazine, a pen and pad of paper, a crossword puzzle, moist towelettes, a kitty of loose change & hand sanitizer…
The sky’s the limit really on what you can put in the loot bag, so get creative. They will not expect this little extra surprise and I am certain that when the time comes, they will sincerely appreciate it.
What are some of your ideas that you use to treat your guests in that special way?
As always…. helping you in caring for your Total Home
Cindy Lutes – Professional Property Stylist
Transforming Interiors to a Space you will be Proud of!
Owner, Total Home