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December 13, 2019

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Sleep Retreats for Holiday Guests

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It is the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday season has descended, and if you have a guest room, you are likely to be hosting guests. If there is no place like YOUR home during the holidays, take a look at some helpful ways to create a sleep retreat for any holiday guests.

Clear the Clutter

If you only have time for one quick task, this is the one.  Wipe every surface, and give the room a thorough cleaning, run a duster over and around furniture and wash the floor. If possible, try to remove personal belongings and only leave what would be in a hotel room. 

Have some extra time? Provide empty baskets to stow away belongings and clean out a couple of drawers in a dresser for guests to unpack. For another great addition, place a small bench at the foot of the bed to be used as a luggage rack.

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Add a Thoughtful Touch

Every other time of year, flowers would be a great touch. But why not go for a holiday twist and ditch the flowers for more holiday focused décor. Try a wreath, garland, or cute winter mug for morning coffee. You don’t need to break the bank to keep the holiday spirit either. Temporarily move around existing décor to the guest room and add cheer to your guest's visit.  Small personal touches that make spaces feel full of life make guests feel at home!

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Ensure the Room has Ample Lighting

While lighting is probably not one of the first things you think of when preparing to host guests, it is a crucial element of your guest room. Providing layers of light will help guests use the space to their own needs, whether they are up late catching up on the news or reading a good book. Include a bedside lamp or even an adjustable wall sconce like Ellerbeck to provide more personal light options, especially if more than one person is using the room. 

Want to do something more fun? Add a little twinkle and string up some holiday lights to keep guests feeling festive. Make sure they are easy to turn off so guests can decompress in the dark at bedtime. 

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Make it Comfortable, and Cozy

Traveling is tough, especially during the busy holiday season. Make sure your guests are welcomed with a relaxing bedroom to sleep the stress away. A mattress topper is a great way to amp up the comfort. Quality sheets, luxury towels, and fluffy pillows provide comfortable layers for your guests to find their perfect temperature. If you have flannel sheets, throw those on. If not, pick up a set with some holiday cheer. 

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Give Guests the Scoop

Help guests stay connected. Write down your wi-fi password and leave it on the nightstand for your house guests. If you feel comfortable, include any keypad codes that guests would need to come and go freely. This will make your guests stay more convenient.

Are you feeling more ambitious? Find an empty frame and provide your wifi password that way. Using a picture frame will help the message blend in with the décor of the room. 

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Stock Up on the Essentials

Clean towels, hand soap, and enough toilet papers are a must for the bathroom and provide guests with basic amenities. When leaving towels, try to give a bath towel as well as a smaller size. If you are looking to go above and beyond, stock up on toiletries that may have been forgotten at home. See our list below of some ideas.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Soap

  • Lotion

  • Disposable Razors

  • Tissues

  • Cotton swabs

  • Lint roller (especially if you have pets!)

A wire basket, fabric bin, or empty drawer are great places to store these essentials. Refill them before every visitor arrives, so guests don’t need to bother you for replacements. For a finishing touch, add a holiday scented candle to the bathroom (or bedroom!) to keep the spirit of the season going.

Above all else, enjoy the company. Celebrating the holidays with loved ones in your home is one of the best parts of the holiday season, and following these easy tips will keep the whole home’s spirit bright. 

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