Organizing Space for a Guest
Now that school is out, more people are traveling. Than means that we are more likely to have guests, either just for an overnight stay on their way to another destination or just to hang out for a few days to visit. Sometimes I know way in advance that guests are coming and sometimes I have very little prior notice. Either way, I love having family and friends come to stay.
It helps to have a plan in place for guests. I am lucky in that I have a spare bedroom (even though it also stores extra office supplies and some off season clothes. Determine now what areas of your guest room/area need the most work and then tweak it from there.
Keep this area decluttered. If you store items in this room, keep the items stored out of sight – in the closet, in the dresser drawers, or if necessary under the bed.
Make this area inviting for your guests. Have a place for them to hang up an outfit. Designate a place they can place their suitcase to unpack. Clean bed linens, extra pillows, and blankets are important. Have items on hand so that you can assemble a guest basket for the room. I always have a washcloth and towel (in a distinctly different color than family), a pain killer, some lotion, and some water and a glass. I add other items depending on the guest. I like to have something on the night stand to read as well.
Add finishing touches that say “welcome.” I like to add fresh flowers and perhaps a snack in case they get the munchies in the middle of the night.
The goal is to make the guest feel comfortable and welcome in your home. If you have your plan in place, then you can relax and enjoy their company to the fullest.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer