A little over a decade ago, my husband and I moved from Cincinnati to a suburb of Denver, Colorado. We weren't the only ones to have this idea. Colorado has seen a dramatic rise in population, with the Denver metro area seeing record growth again last year. People from all over are learning what we now know: that Colorado boasts 230 microbreweries, 45 State or National Parks, and as many days of sunshine as Florida. So, those that don't want to move here permanently, want to visit us regularly. There are about 6 to 10 weeks a year that our spare bedroom is occupied by a guest. And, while, everyone doesn't have the luxury of having a dedicated room for guests in their home, there are simple things you can do to make even a combined space more comfortable for your guests.
1. Create a place with privacy- if you're able, situate your guest room in a place of the home with privacy, like in a finished basement (with ample heat) or the bedroom furthest from your own. And, it's ideal if guests can have easy access to a bathroom which isn't heavily used, so they don't feel like they're intruding on your space. If you will share a bathroom with your guests, make sure it's tidy. Get rid of toiletries and products you don't use regularly, and clear off all counter spaces, so guests have space to place their belongings.
2. Make sure it's clean- Your guests don't want to encounter dust and cobwebs, so make sure to give your spare bedroom a good clean out before guests arrive. Dust all furniture and sweep the floors, and make sure the sheets are clean.
3. Include space for your guests to keep their clothing- The last thing your guests want to see is a closet or dresser bursting with outdated clothing. According to the Wall Street Journal, most people wear only 20% of the items in their wardrobe regularly. And, the spare bedroom can be a place that your least liked clothing goes to die. So, take time to get rid of your unworn clothing, so guests have a space to store their own. If closet or dresser space isn't available, consider setting up a luggage rack so guests can easily access the clothing in their suitcase. And, install hooks on the back of doors so guests can hang their jackets or used bath towels.
4. Keep decor simple- Guests want surfaces to place their belongings, so only include a couple of decorative items on surfaces and leave usable counter space for guests' trinkets. And, don't overdo it on the decorative pillows.
5. Include light-blocking window treatments- Guests that travel over time zones will especially appreciate the ability to sleep-in after the sun has come up.
6. Include simple amenities- Guests don't want to bother you every time they need something. So, make sure your guest room is stocked with a few simple amenities like: an alarm clock, a place to charge their phone, tissues, guest towels, bottled water, a waste basket, extra blankets, extra pillows, and a few light snacks. If you really want to create an oasis, add a new pair of slippers, some pillow spray, and a nice hand lotion.
Need to get ready for out of town guests? Contact me, The Declutter Bug, for your free consultation. DeclutterBugCo@gmail.com