Holiday Hosting


Evaluate your guest room accommodations:

  • Is there a bedside table with reading lamp, coaster and alarm clock?

These are amenities that will tell guests you've thought about their comfort. Visitors may want to keep a glass of water by the bed, especially in a strange home where they'd be less comfortable getting up in the middle of the night. A lamp is a common courtesy. No one should have to navigate their way from the wall's light switch to the bed. An alarm clock keeps company from relying on their hosts to wake them up, which could be embarrassing to some.


  • Do you have Wi-Fi and does the guest room have an accessible outlet?

Most guests will have at least a cell phone that they will want to charge and possibly a lap top or iPad. Leave a note with your Wi-Fi log in and password on the night stand.

  • Does the bedroom door close all the way and latch properly?

You want to give your guests utmost privacy. A cracked door makes conversations more audible, lets in a draft, and invites curious children to peek in on their company.

  • How does the bed fit your guests?

High, old-fashioned beds can be difficult for small children and the elderly to get in and out of. Likewise, a low-to-the-floor platform can be hard on those with arthritis or joint issues. If your mattress is overly firm, consider a foam cushion or mattress topper.


  • Do you have enough blankets and pillows?

Take inventory of your spare pillows and extra blankets. Don't assume someone can use a couch cushion for their head. If you have the storage space, you might as well err on the side of having too many linens. After you've unpacked them, make sure they're clean and must-free. Consider dry cleaning your blankets and duvets. And if you have down comforters or pillows, make sure your guests aren't allergic.


  • How is the temperature of the room?

Make sure the room is warm or cool enough. Because temperature preference is highly personal, you can anticipate your guests' needs by supplying extra blankets, a space heater, or fan. 


  • How accessible is the bathroom?

You can't change the location of your guest room, so check to see that there is ample lighting, such as a hall lamp or nightlight, to guide the way.


  • Does your guest have any special considerations?

Anticipate particular needs or wants of your guests — does the room need to be child-proofed? Are your guests allergic to pets?


  • Have you checked the room for possible hazards?

Evaluate your guest room for precarious situations, using a fresh eye. Check that all area rugs are slip-free. Remove anything that might pose a hazard, like stubbing your toe, knocking something over, tripping or slipping.


  • Extra credit: Put out a basket of toiletries and fresh towels. Stock the room with magazines you think your guest will enjoy. Spruce up the room with a vase of fresh-cut flowers. Be sure there is a bench for a suitcase or empty drawers to unpack and put empty suitcase in the closet where there will be plenty of empty hangers.

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