Checklist to Prepare the Guest Room

November 18, 2021

What is the current state of your guest room? Is it more of a converted home office or a “guess” room because you are not quite sure what is exactly in there? Whether you are having guests stay for one night or for an entire week, we have a great checklist to help you prepare the guest room for company. Being a prepared host allows you to enjoy your guests more because you are not worried about the things you have already taken care of. Here is a checklist to help guide you as you prepare the guest room:

Room Essentials

The following items make for a cozy guest room: comfortable mattress, nice chair, side table or two, lamp for reading, dresser or closet to hold clothes, bench, basket, desk, or dresser to hold belongings and extra blankets and pillows, tray or basket to hold snacks and books.

Tidy Up

Don’t put it off for another day! You should definitely start prepping your guest room a week ahead of the day your guests will arrive. Tidying up can become quite stressful if you wait until the last second. Are you using your guest room as a home office? Here is a great blog post that has a section about “Organizing Your Workspace and Hiding Clutter”. Definitely a good read if you need to make some changes to your home office to accommodate your guests. It may be time to invest in a portable file carrier or some baskets to corral and contain your office supplies and work.

Make Space

Always a great idea to make space for a suitcase and other belongings. Whether this be supplying your guests with a bench to hold a suitcase, a closet with space, or an empty dresser drawer, making space will be most appreciated. If you decide to tackle the guest room closet, here is a blog post to help guide you as you go.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Time to dust and vacuum. Always do this before making the bed so that dust does not get on your fresh linens. Don’t wait until the last second either-that is stressful! Cleaning is best done a couple days in advance so that you feel prepared and have time to add the finishing cozy touches. Don’t forget to clean the windows, blinds, and any light fixtures and fans as well.

Don’t Forget the Guest Bathroom

Clean the bathroom your guests will be using, too, don’t forget the shower. It is always a nice gesture to have a little basket with any supplies that may have been forgotten such as toothpaste, lotion, a hair dryer, and such forth. Also, remember to put out extra toilet paper and to leave the plunger in plain sight. If you don’t want to just stop at cleaning your bathroom, here is a great blog post with tips on organizing your bathroom.

Fresh Linens

Check to see what linens you will need. Do you have clean towels, sheets, pillow cases, blankets,  and such forth, or do you need to do laundry? If you need to do any laundry, be sure to do it a couple days in advance so that you have all the linens ready when you go to make the guest bed.

Make the Bed

Definitely the place to splurge when preparing for your guests. There is nothing like good pillows and sheets! It is always nice to add a basket as well with additional blankets and pillows for extra comfort. Making the bed a day ahead of time is always a good idea. This timetable allows you to feel prepared but also allows the bed to be crisp and fresh for your guests.

Have Those Midnight Snacks

It is a nice gesture to supply your guests with water and some snacks in their room. Always a good idea to point out food to them in the kitchen, as well, in case they get hungry in the middle of the night. However, having items in their room on a tray or in a basket ensures that they will have something to drink or nibble on at any time they may want it.

Reading Material Ready

Add some magazines and/or books to that tray with snacks or on a bedside table. Make the reading material easily accessible to allow for your guests to have something entertaining to read.

Wi-Fi Accessible

Make sure you have the Wi-Fi network and password easily available for your guests. It is really cute when you have it framed somewhere and shows that you just went the extra mile to welcome them into your home.

Add Those Small Touches

Fresh flowers the day of are always such a nice touch! They brighten any space and add a touch of cozy comfort. It is always nice to have a photo of you and your guests, too. If you are the candle sort, put one in there as well. All these little touches add so much to make your guests as cozy as possible.

What are some of your must-dos when you prepare the guest room? Let us know! Share photos of your cozy guest rooms in our Abundance Declutter Group on Facebook.