Five Ideas to Prepare your Guest Room for the Holidays
Santa isn’t the only one coming to town this holiday season. That’s right, most people host friends and family over the holidays and that means it’s time to get the guest bedroom whipped into shape! Luckily for you, we put our heads together over here at Arcadia HQ to come up with a list of five ideas to help you get your guest room holiday-ready in no time.
1. Clean it up
For the next few weeks, your guest room is not your storage room. So, unless you’re inviting gymnasts over, you’ll need to move your obstacle course of miscellaneous bins and boxes to the garage or the attic. Once all of the big stuff is tucked away, grab the duster, vacuum, or mop and tidy the floors and other surfaces.
2. Make the bed
I don’t mean to sound like your mother, but this one is important. Start with a pair of fresh, crisp sheets – the kind that makes you say “ahhh” when you settle in for the evening. From there, keep it pretty simple. Add a few pillows, a blanket, and a comforter or duvet. If your guests really like to pile on the layers, set aside a few more blankets that they can add as they need.
3. Stock up on necessities
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If there’s something that you like to have when you’re staying at someone’s house, chances are your guests would appreciate it, too! Think of things like good lighting, a clock, toiletries, clothes hangers, and a card with your WIFI password on it (oops, is my millennial showing?). Take a moment and try to anticipate what your guests will need before they arrive – they’ll love that you thought of them!
4. Clear some space
This is the part of the article where I tell you not to go overboard with the decorations. As a serial decorator myself, I know that sometimes it’s easier said than done! The key is making the space feel like a part of your home while leaving enough room for your guests to place their things on the nightstand, dresser, or desk.
5. Add a few simple comforts
All right, now that all of the big stuff is taken care of, it’s time to add the little touches that will really make your space shine. Already started your annual round of holiday baking? Set a plate of goodies in your guest’s room that they can enjoy when they arrive. If you have a copy of your favorite book or a stack of magazines to share, set them in their room, too. Last but not least, fresh flowers or a festive poinsettia never go unnoticed!