At any other time of the year, your guest room probably doubles as a seldom-used storage room. If you’re expecting holiday guests, getting ready will be easy with these tips to transform that extra room into a welcoming, comfortable and clean guest bedroom.
First, find out-of-sight places for the items you’re currently storing in the guest room: Move them to another room, a closet shelf, an under-the-bed storage box or your basement or attic.
Vacuum carpets and rugs, or use a Swiffer Sweeper to clean dust and dirt from hardwood floors. Then dust the room, including lampshades and shelves, with a Swiffer 360 Duster. Put yourself in your guest’s shoes and lie on the bed – you’ll easily spot any areas you’ve missed (hello, ceiling corners!). After you’re finished cleaning, spray Unstopables Air Refresher throughout the room for long-lasting freshness.
Clear a drawer, shelf or section of a closet for your guests to store their clothes so they don’t have to live out of their suitcases. Make sure there’s a mirror somewhere in the room, too – hang one over the back of the door if you’re short on space.
Everyone prefers a different combination of duvets, blankets and pillows while they sleep, so give your guests a few choices. Include a selection of both firmer and softer pillows, drape a cozy blanket over the foot of the bed and leave some spare throws or a duvet in a blanket box or basket. Before your guests arrive, launder all washable bedding with Gain Flings Scent Duets to add long-lasting freshness to sheets, pillowcases and blankets, and add a Gain dryer sheet to the dry cycle to help prevent static and wrinkles. To freshen up duvet covers and decorative bed pillows, spritz them with Unstopables Fabric Refresher.
Place a lamp on the bedside table so your guests can read comfortably in bed, and make sure an electrical outlet is near the bed for charging cell phones and e-readers. A light will also help guests navigate the hallway in the middle of the night if they need to use the bathroom. If your house is particularly dark at night, leave a small flashlight in the bedside table drawer.
Stack some recent magazines on the nightstand, along with a couple of coffee table books and a local guidebook. Write your Wi-Fi password on an index card and leave it where it will be easily seen. Add a small television to turn the guest bedroom into a cozy haven they will happily retreat to. To help guests relax, plug in a Febreze PLUG in a calming scent like Mediterranean Lavender.