Simplified Guest Prep

Good morning!

We have a big weekend coming up in a few days: after seven years of schooling and residency, Justin is finally finished with all his career training and has a graduation celebration on Sunday. To say we are excited is a huge understatement!

Justin’s parents are coming into town for the weekend and it got me thinking about our overnight guests. I really don’t stress out too much preparing for guests to stay with us because there are a few things I have already put into place, and today I thought I would share some of my little tips in case it helps anyone else simplify their guest preparations.

I want to note that we do have a dedicated guest room used solely for guests (although there may come a time if we have more children where we have to use that bedroom for kids). Even if you don’t have a separate guest room, many of these tips can still help you think through simplifying preparations for guests.

Wash sheets immediately


After guests leave, I strip the bedding and wash all the sheets with my next load of laundry. Then, I re-make the bed so it is ready to go for the next guests. I prefer to get it back to “baseline” right away because then the bed is ready to go whenever guests come, even if I’m not sure exactly when that will be at the time. Plus, if we get last-minute guests, it’s ready to go and I don’t need to scramble to get it ready. It’s one less thing to check off the to-do list in preparation!

Have empty drawers/hangers ready


I like to have a few empty hangers hanging in the closet and at least one empty drawer in case guests want to unpack a few things. Most guests don’t need to unpack much, but it’s nice to have a few spaces where they can if they want to.

Stock shower with simple extras


In our previous home, our guests used a hallway bath that would have eventually also been our kid’s bath. In our new home, the guest room has an attached bathroom for guest use only. In either situation, I keep a few extra shower supplies (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) ready to go in the shower so guests have options in case they forget their own.

Toiletry Basket

I keep a little basket with a bunch of commonly used toiletry items in the guest room in case guests forget anything. I let guests know about the basket and tell them to help themselves if they need anything in it, no need to ask for permission. The basket contains contact solution + case, toothbrushes, q-tips, cotton balls, feminine products, mouthwash, a new disposable razor, dry shampoo, lotion, face wash, soap, etc. I just double check it after each visit to see if I need to re-stock anything and then it’s ready to go for the next guests!

Extra Blankets and Pillows

And finally, I keep a few extra blankets and pillows on hand in the guest room closet so guests can be as comfortable as possible. By always keeping these handy, I don’t have to run around looking for another blanket if it’s colder or hunt through closets for spare pillows if a guest needs one. These items are stored in an accessible way so I don’t have to ever waste time and energy gathering them up in preparation and guests can help themselves to whatever they need.

And there you have it! These are things I keep ready at all times so I’m never scrambling to prepare the guest space right before guests arrive. It means that once guests leave, I get all of these things back to “baseline” right away while I’m thinking about it, so the space is prepared and ready to go for the next time. This hugely helps my stress level – I can just focus on straightening up the rest of my home or preparing food or whatever else I need to do before guests come without having to worry about the guest room.

What tricks do you have for preparing for guests?

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