I ran this blog last year around the holidays and think it’s worth running again. 

Most of us have overnight guests at some time or another during the holidays. Here are some simple, fun, inexpensive ways to make them feel more at home.


  • Get the bed ready:
    Give your guests a comfy, fresh place to recharge their batteries. Put fresh linen on the bed (even if no one has slept in it. If the sheets have been on there awhile, they will smell musty and not so fresh.

  • Pop for some new pillows:
    Get rid of the old, flat, hand-me-down pillows and replace with some new fluffy, fresh pillows.

  • Freshen Up:
    Right before you guests arrive, spritz the bed with some linen freshener. Not only will be the bed smell great later when they hit the hay, but the whole room will smell fresh!


Goody basket for your guests!

Goody basket for your guests!

  • Provide Necessities:
    Make a traveler’s goody basket and include some bottled waters, a local newspaper, a magazine or two, some chocolate or other yummy snack. Also include some of the necessities like a disposable razor, a toothbrush, small toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

  • Power Up:
    Make sure an outlet is easily accessible and be sure and plug in a multi-plug adapter so your guests can charge all their gadgets easily. Don’t forget to leave a note with your Wi-Fi info easily available and any passwords they may need to access other things in your home (i.e., specific cable channels, etc.)

  • Make Room:
    Make some closet space available with some empty hangers standing ready. 
     If possible have a drawer or two available for non-hanging items. If this isn’t possible, place a bench in the room where they can set their suitcase up off the floor and within easy reach.


  • Scrub-a-dub-dub:
    Give everything a thorough cleaning to make it all fresh.

  • Clean Liner:
    Change out your shower curtain liner—an inexpensive way to make the showering experience much nicer.

  • Offer Suds:
    Provide a fresh bar soap in the shower and plenty of hand soap on the bathroom counter.


Have extra bathroom items at the ready for your guests.

Have extra bathroom items at the ready for your guests.

  • Make a Basket:
    Set out a pretty basket with small shampoos, conditioners, special soaps, and some lotions, shaving cream, etc.

  • Slow Your Roll:
    Make sure the toilet paper is stocked and an extra roll is easily accessible.

  • Need a Tissue?
    Check that a full box of tissue is available.

  • Be Dry And Be Merry:
    Provide plenty of fresh, fluffy towels to make your guests feel pampered.

Also, remember to stock up so you have plenty of coffee, creamer, water, tea, soda, wine, beer, liquor, snacks, etc., and prevent that last minute oh-my-gosh run to the store.

Follow these simple steps and your guests will feel totally and properly welcomed—and probably a little spoiled, too!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?


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