Having houseguests during the holidays can be stressful. But keep in mind, BEING a houseguest during the holidays can be stressful as well! Here are my top tips for making them comfy this time of year.
- Try spending a night in your guest room so you can experience it for yourself! You may discover issues you'd never know about otherwise. Get a fan if it gets stuffy. Try a noise machine if the garbage trucks are loud in the morning. Buy a rug pad if the bedside rug is super slippery.
- Pack a cute basket full of travel toiletries and other items in case they've forgotten something.
- Prevent awkwardness...have plenty of tissues, feminine products, matches, and toilet paper on hand so they never have to ask.
- Provide a carafe of fresh water and a glass next to the bed. Nothing is worse than being thirsty in the middle of the night!
- Keep some reading material in the guest bedroom. My own guest room just happens to house my entire bookcase, but you can always put a small stack of magazines, a short story collective, or a funny memoir on the nightstand. You want your guests to feel comfortable enough to be retire to their room if they need some space.
- Leave the wifi password in an obvious place. I have a cute chalkboard in my office that I write a welcome message on along with the password. Bonus points if you write it on pretty paper and put it in a frame!
- Provide an extra house key. Guests should never feel locked in (or out, for that matter).
- Show them where things are for coffee and breakfast. Should they wake up before you, they should be able to help themselves.
- One word: plunger. 'Nuff said.