Whether it's just a random weekend drop in, or for the holidays, a time filled with family gatherings and out of town visits from friends, when you've moved away from home you can expect routine visits. The holidays in particular though are a heightened time of opening our homes up to share with others. In order to make your guests feel more comfortable in the room they'll be staying in, follow these 4 simple steps.
1. Fresh and Clean Bedding
Though it may seem like common sense, clean bedding will make your guests feel more relaxed and comfortable. "Clean" doesn't necessarily mean just letting them sleep on sheets you washed months ago after your last guests left. Make sure to freshen up the bedding by throwing your sheets and blankets through a cycle in the dryer with a scented softener sheet to remove any dust that may have built up and to make them smell great. Also be sure to include many layers of bedding, such as soft sheets, fluffy blankets, throw pillows, and a throw blanket for when they may want to curl up with a book before bed.
2. Create a Soft Glow
Dim lighting will help guests feel more relaxed and able to wind down after a long day. In order to make the space feel a little cozier and "warm," try plugging in a small table lamp on the nightstand or nearby table. You can also try replacing the light switch in the room with a dimmer so your guests can be in control of how much light they would like in their room. Candles can also be a great addition to a guest room as it can also give a nice glow and it will give the room a homier smell. As an added bonus, choose a scent that you know your guests will really enjoy or that is familiar to them.
3. Keep Toiletries in the Room
Clear a small drawer either in a nightstand or other place in the room and fill it with small shampoo bottles, tissues, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and some general pain medication such as Advil or aspirin. You can customize the stash in any way you like, including items that you know your guests would appreciate. Having these personal care items at their disposal will squelch any embarrassment they may have about asking if you have an extra toothbrush, medicine, or menstrual pads.
4. Invest in a White Noise Machine
A white noise machine is a device that makes soft sounds throughout the night such as a rushing waterfall, a blizzard, or other kinds of ambient sounds. Background noise helps many individuals sleep better because they help moderate the sound level of an environment—soothing louder environments and making others that are too quiet, feel more natural. The constant sound that it emits all night has been proven to be a wonderful natural sleep aid. No need to provide Zzzquil!
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