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No matter how much time you have to prepare, doesn’t it always feel like guests arrive when your home is at its worst?
 
Nothing ever seems to be done in time for your guest’s arrival. There’s piled up laundry, old trash, and dust everywhere. You try to get a handle on your so-called “guest bedroom,” but it’s looking more like a storage unit these days.
 
Look, not everyone is cut out for the hospitality business and you shouldn’t have to be either. Making your guests feel welcome in your home can be achieved through a few simple steps. Being a host is not as hard as it looks when you give yourself some easy guidelines to follow.
 
Keep It Clean
This really should go without saying. The key to a great-looking guest bedroom is cleanliness — no matter how new or old the space is.
 
Like any room in your house, your guest room requires regular maintenance. If you think about it like an extra room to chuck your clothes in, that’s what it’ll be. Save yourself the time and inconvenience of having to constantly undergo a deep clean every time a guest comes through and keep it looking it good.
 
This isn’t all that difficult when you think about it. All you need to do is keep the space tidy by not throwing junk all over the place and give it a vacuum every now and then. You don’t have to strip everything down and start from zero.
 
Think Like A Hotel
Everyone loves to be pampered once in a while. It doesn’t matter if it’s your parents or your old college roomie, people enjoy comfort. When you’re playing host, give your guests an experience they can look forward to.
 
While you probably don’t have all the resources of a five-star hotel, you can enhance your guest’s accommodations in other ways. One idea is to put together a basket of useful items they can use while visiting. This can include anything from a fresh toothbrush to a clean towel when they need a shower.
 
Maybe you have a small collection of assorted hotel items from your own travels. You can simply repurpose those items as part of one bigger welcome package. Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, and soaps are all great add-ins. Thoughtfulness is what counts here.
 
You can even get a little fancier if you really want. Add some nice bath bombs for a relaxing evening in the tub. If your guest has a sweet tooth, find our their favourite candy or chocolate and leave some in there for them.
 
If you’re looking for more ideas, you can always hit up some furniture stores and furniture liquidators for inspiration. Whether it’s an elegant throw pillow or a funky lamp, there are options for you to browse through at different furniture stores in your area.
 
Make It Feel Like Home
Even though there’s a little bit of pageantry involved in housing guests, it’s your home at the end of the day. Make it feel that way.
 
Nobody wants to walk into an empty room that looks like it’s straight out of a horror film. They want to know the space is cared for with homey touches. Stop by your favourite furniture stores and liquidators to pick up a nice bookcase or character cabinet, for example.
 
Try putting a little bit of passion into the space. Your guests, whether or not they say it, will notice and appreciate the effort.
 
Looking to pick up a couple items to make your guests feel more at home? Visit our three great Vancouver Island showrooms to get some ideas in person or visit our site. We carry a number of great products from brands like Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!