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The holidays are upon us … and that means parties, gift-buying, happy moments, a bit of stress … and guests. Sometimes lots and lots of guests … and they don’t always leave by evening. It’s such a busy time of year, we often forget to prep for overnight visitors in the pre-holiday bustle. But don’t worry: we’ve got your back. Here’s a short checklist of tips that’ll get your guest bedroom stylishly guest-ready — and help you keep your calm —  this holiday season (and beyond):

Elevate that bed.

Take a good hard look at the bed situation in your guest room. (Often it’s less than optimal, as the guest bedroom tends to be overlooked.) Start with fresh white sheets, add a cozy comforter and a few colorful decorative pillows, and if that mattress is more than 10 years old (or younger than that but worse for wear), replace it.


Have extra towels and blankets at the ready.

Anticipate your guest feeling chilly at night (or needing an extra towel after that impromptu hot bath) — and act accordingly. A neat stack of extra towels and blankets is a must.




Prepare a basket of toiletries.

Nothing too fancy, but great takes on the basics — soap, body lotion, shower gel, face wash, shampoo and conditioner — mixed with the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, cotton swabs, deodorant, mouthwash, a hair brush or comb, face lotion (with SPF), makeup remover wipes, and hair ties. (For applicable products, travel sizes or sample-size packets work fine, too.) If you want to take it in a spa-like direction, add sheet masks for the face and eyes!


Focus on scents.

Scented diffusers, a lavender or lemongrass sachet, cedar hangers — these are all ways to turn a guest bedroom into a subtly sensory experience that’ll encourage relaxation.


Add some games.

From card games and crossword puzzles for one to classic board games if you’ve got a small group staying, it’s smart to add some downtime-fillers to the mix.


Anticipate caffeine needs.

Assume that most humans can’t function without coffee immediately upon waking up. And, following that assumption, set up a little coffee station. Best pick is a “pod” system (like a Keurig or Nespresso), to avoid the mess of having people having to deal with filters, measuring grounds, and the like.


Finally … relax!

This one’s for you. Don’t over-stress about guests. There’s always a little something you’ll forget. That’s why it’s a good idea to remember to ask guests, before they come, if they have any special requests or needs. A simple check-in can save lots of stress (and having to run to the store) later.

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