You have an overnight guest coming to stay with you. Great! Now you need to prepare for their incoming arrival. What do you do? Where do you even start? Don’t you worry, my friend, you have come to the right place! You are going to learn everything you need to do from the ‘Hosting Queen.’
I enjoy having people over, even more so when I have an overnight guest. I dote on them, making sure they are comfortable and feel at home. The best part about preparing for a guest is that I can be ready within a few short hours, and it only takes period simple, yet essential, steps! By following these tips and ideas, you will become a “hosting queen” in the eyes of your guests.
10 Hosting Essentials When Preparing for an Overnight Guest
⇒Clean and Organize the Room⇐
I like to spend a significant amount of time in the guest room. Sometimes a guest room can become dumping grounds for extra furniture, clothes, or is used as a craft room half the time. It would be a good idea to take anything that does not belong in there and clear it out.
Add freshly washed sheets, vacuum and clean the floors, and open the window for some fresh air. Dust all the furniture, wipe down all surfaces, and rearrange the furniture.
⇒Create a Welcome Basket⇐
There is a Youtuber I follow who would create “welcome baskets” for her friend who came to visit. I thought this was such a great idea! You can include anything in this basket, such as a bottle of water, sheet masks, and a sleep eye mask. I also like to add a headband, a magazine, and tea packets. I do this for my girlfriends who visit from out of town, and they love having little goodies to pick and choose from to use.
⇒The Wi-Fi Password⇐
In today’s world, everyone needs internet access, which of course means that your guest will need your wifi connection. You can be casual and tell them in person or write it on a post-it note. However, if you would like to go the extra mile, create a cute sign that says ‘Wifi’ with the network name and connection. Print it out, place it in a cute frame, and have it on the bedside table or a shelf.
⇒Empty Closet, Dresser, and Spare Hangers⇐
Your overnight guest will need somewhere to place all their clothing. Be sure you have a closet, wardrobe, clothing rack, or dresser available for them with extra hangers. If you want to go a bit further, add a jewelry box or a tray for accessories to be placed in, too.
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⇒Provide a Laundry Basket⇐
If your guest is staying for an extended period of time, I recommend adding a laundry basket in the room to throw their dirty clothes in. Be sure to give them an opportunity and offer to wash their clothes.
⇒Fresh Flowers + Decor⇐
Make the room cozy and inviting simply from decorating it. Add throw pillows, pictures on the walls, a mirror, fairy lights, a canopy, curtains, a vanity, or just little knick-knacks around the room.
Brighten up the space and make it come to life with a vase full of fresh flowers. Not only will the room look better, but it will definitely make your guest smile.
Another thing you can do is provide some books or magazines that you think your guest may enjoy reading in their downtime. They may already have their own book or a kindle, but you never know if they will want to read something new!
⇒Spare Blankets and Pillows⇐
Depending on the season, be sure to offer extra blankets and pillows. You never know if it will get cold or if your guest will want extra pillow support. Be sure to let them know that these items are available for their use.
If you want to be extra prepared in the case your guest forgot to pack something, or they happen to be staying unexpectedly, have a basket of “extras” stored away. Extra shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, makeup remover, hair ties, bobby pins, a comb, and face wash are some of the items you can have put away, yet have ready to offer in a second.
⇒List of Locals Attractions⇐
If your guest is from out of the country and has never been to your city, create a list of local attractions. This can include restaurants, city tours, towns to visit, festivals, beaches, anything of that sort. Write it down for your guest to look through and let them choose what they would like to do.
And there you have it! Sometimes all it really takes is having a lovely room to stay in and good company for a person to enjoy their stay. Your guest will be happy, comfortable, and feel right at home.