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With the holidays just around the corner, you are very likely prepping for holiday guests. How do you create a space for your guests where they will be comfortable and can relax during their stay? We have some great tips to help you prepare your guest room for holiday guests. Thanks to our sponsor for this post, Kohl’s, we found some amazing solutions that help you make any room feel like a comfortable hotel.
Having holiday guests is so much fun but it definitely adds a whole new layer of stress to an already stressful season. You can take out a lot of the stress by being prepared and making a few simple changes before we get into the craziness of the holiday season.
We took a trip into our local Kohl’s and found some amazing options for our guest room, including a Columbia mattress pad, affordable bedding from The BIG One, and extra blankets and pillows from Cuddl Duds. I love that I can make one trip and find everything that I need, because this time of year, I love anything that saves me time.
I like to prep my guest room before we get too deep into the holiday season. Things get busy so quickly as we get further into the season and I never know what my schedule is going to look like once the holiday season gets going.
We always get surprise holiday guests and plenty of short-notice guests because of where we live. We live in the desert, where the climate is much milder during the winter so people like to sneak down here for a few days whenever they can. We are also a natural stopping point for friends and family traveling between California and Northern Utah (where we have quite a bit of family).
We love it because we often get to see family and friends for a night or two as they travel, even if they don’t have time for a longer visit.
I’m a bit of a planner, though, so to reduce my stress level, I make sure I have some things prepped before house guests arrive, no matter how short the notice.
How to Prepare your Guest Room for Holiday Guests
Stock up on fresh bedding. I love for my guests to have nice, clean bedding when they come to stay. I try to replace pillows every year and I make sure my guest room has a mattress pad on the mattress to keep the mattress clean. We generally have adults sleep in our guest room, but every once in a while a kid will end up sleeping there and it is important to keep the mattress sanitary.
Our mattress pad had seen better days, so I grabbed a Zip Off Columbia Mattress Pad from Kohl’s. I love how easy this one is to wash in between guests. You don’t have to take the whole pad off — you simply zip off the top layer. I’m kind of obsessed with this and will probably be going back to Kohl’s to get some for the other beds in my house. It has a thick padded layer on top that makes it so comfortable to sleep on and I love how easy it is to just zip off the top and wash it.
Use neutral bedding. I am a big fan of color, but in bedrooms, I like to keep things relaxing. Softer colors have been proven to be more relaxing, which is why so many hotel rooms have soft, neutral colors. I’m loving this Pucker Stripe Bed Set from The BIG One. It can be dressed up any way you want and has some great texture to it so it looks great on it’s own too. This set was so affordable and comes with everything from sheets to shams.
I combined the Pucker Stripe Bed Set with The Big One® Reversible Quilt Set in Rose to add a pop of color and provide a lightweight bedding option for warm nights.
Make the bed in layers. Some people sleep hot and others sleep cold. I want to make sure my guests are comfortable to I find that making the bed in layers is the best way to make everyone happy.
Laying a comforter set with a quilt set gives my guests plenty of options (and adds a great pop of color). I also added an extra blanket to the closet for those guests who want to be extra cozy.
Provide a basket of essentials. I don’t know about you, but every time I go on a trip I forget at least one thing. At a hotel, this isn’t a problem because the front desk usually keeps a few essentials for situations just like this. In our guest room, not only do I make sure we have basics like towels and washcloths, I like to keep a few other essentials on hand like toothpaste, a new toothbrush, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and saline solution.
Now is the time to stock up on a few things, before everything gets super busy during the holiday season. If you end up with too many extra items that didn’t get used at the end of the holiday season you can always pop them in your kids’ Christmas stockings as fillers.
Make the WiFi password easy to find. As much as I hate to admit it, one of the first things I do when I’m staying somewhere is hunt down the WiFi password. Make it easy for your guests to find the WiFi by posting it somewhere visible in your guest room. Our password isn’t easy to spell so having it posted prevents us from having to spell it out multiple times and making things awkward.
If you have pets, keep them clear of the guest room. Some holiday guests have allergies. If you have a dedicated guest room, do your best to keep it free from pets and dust. We have two inside dogs, but they both know that our guest room is off limits. We keep the door shut and vacuum it often to make sure dust and pet dander doesn’t irritate any of our guests.
Prep early and enjoy your visit. This is the most important one. I FIRMLY believe that a little advanced prep work can do wonders for helping us enjoy the holidays, especially when we have guests. A little work on the front end helps me to really enjoy my guests and not worry about anything that I’ve left undone.
Are you having holiday guests? If you are, be sure and jump in and get to work so you can rest easy knowing that you are prepared.
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