The end of October means the start of the craziness that is the holiday season: there are dinners to plan, gifts to buy, halls to deck, and parties to attend. If you’re planning on hosting guests over the holiday season this year, give them a relaxing escape by creating a guest room that’s welcoming and comfortable. But don’t worry, this won’t be one more hassle to add to your to-do list: these tips are simple, quick, and effective.
Add a luggage rack. It’s the simplest conveniences that sometimes make the biggest difference, especially in a small space. Give your guests a place to unpack and store their luggage other than the floor by providing a folding luggage rack in the room.
Provide extra toiletries. When your guests are packing gifts, snowboots, and your Thanksgiving sweatpants in addition to everything they normally travel with something’s bound to get forgotten. Storing a basket full of toiletries (soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, razors, etc.) will be infinitely appreciated by you and your guests at 11 p.m. when they realize they forgot something and don’t have to wake you up to ask for a replacement (or worse, go to bed without brushing their teeth!).
Create a bedside oasis. If you don’t have one already, place a nightstand and table lamp beside the bed. A nightstand is a convenient place to store glasses and charging cell phones, and the lamp will invite guests to hit the hay early if they feel like it to relax and read for a while (for extra points, store a few extra books, favorite magazines, or local area guides on the table, too).
Stash extra blankets. Your perfect sleeping temperature might be someone else’s point of hypothermia. Keep guests comfortable without having to adjust the heat for every preference by providing a storage bench or basket filled with extra pillows and blankets.
Swap out throw pillows. If your décor is feeling dated and tired, or you simply want to add a festive new style for the holiday season, consider adding or swapping out throw pillows on the bed. Choosing ones in rich fabric like velvet or faux faur, and in seasonal shades of white, red, or metallic tones will help set a stylish, cozy scene.
Happy holiday season!