Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Guest Room

I have had family member after family member stay with me in the last few weeks. The guest room has had a workout. I treat each guest the same, family or not.

1. Stock the guest bathroom with unopened toiletries:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, tampons/maxi pads, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofah sponge, bar soap, toilet paper, and fresh towels.

2. Provide new magazines in the guest room. This can include a couple of small novels.

3. Provide at least 10 hangers in the closet.

4. Purchase new pillows for the guest room bed. Dust mites are a very real thing.

The guest room in your home should be better and cleaner than any hotel room. Provide guests with as much care as you would expect in top tier hotel. Other things to remember:

5. Stock the refrigerator with fresh fruit, a veggie tray, and other grab-and-go items. Guests hate to bother the homeowners when they are hungry off meal hours.

6. Stock the pantry with cereal, oatmeal, bread, cookies, and chips. Again, grab-and-go items that they don't need to ask permission to take.

7. Leave a notecard in the laundry room with instructions on how to use the machines. This is especially helpful for out-of-the-country visitors. Yes, other countries have different machines, settings, and soaps.

Lastly, and it goes without saying, keep noise to a minimum, let the guest always have the remote, and always ask if you can get them something to drink. Being courteous goes a very long way.


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