How To Prep Your Home For Out Of Town Guests

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The holiday season comes with a lot of different stresses, gift giving, holiday parties, oh and the dreaded out of town guests.  It's like a love-hate relationship.  Those guests live out of town so it's good to see them, but...you have to get the house ready for them...

In this post, I'm going to share my tips that you can use to prep your home for out of town guests.  I'm going to be sharing things that should be done and I'm going to share things that you may want to purchase so you can make them feel more at home.

I've also included a checklist to help you make this a little easier.  It's free and all you have to do is click the button below to download it!

So let's get to it!

Decided where they're going to sleep.

Most of us don't live in a 20 bedroom home with lots of space to put guests.  So the first thing you'll need to do is figure out where they are going to sleep.

Do you have a spare room?  Do you have a sofa that has a fold out bed?  Will you be blowing up air mattresses?  

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Declutter the room they'll be using

The next thing you'll want to do is declutter the room they'll be using.  I've done tons of videos and posts on this very subject that I'll link for you below.  

If you're not familiar with my decluttering technique, I do 20-minute decluttering sessions.

You can learn more about that by clicking on the link below.

Related: My 20-minute decluttering session.

Spot clean

Once you've done the decluttering, it's time to do some spot cleaning.  You don't want to spend hours upon hours getting the room(s) ready for your out of town guests, that's why I like to spot clean.

This is like surface cleaning.  What you'll do is take a look at the room.  What areas aren't clean?  Then quickly clean those areas.  You may be pulling out things in that room and putting them in a room that people won't be using.  Believe me, that is okay!  We all do it!

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Clean bedding, towels, pillows, and extra blankets

Once the room is clean, it's time to get the bedding together.  You'll want to make sure that they have clean bedding, pillows, and extra blankets.  

If your guests are used to a warmer climate (like my guests) this is an important touch.  

This time of year the heat of the day will hit about 38 degrees F.  So my guests will usually be a lot colder than they are used to.

Finally, you'll want to make sure that they have access to towels.  I want my guests to feel at home that is why I put the towels in their room with a laundry basket so they don't have to ask where the towels are and what they should do with the dirty ones.

Then each day I'll empty the laundry basket and replenish their towels.

Add snacks and the forgotten essentials.

I like to add a welcome basket in their room with some snacks and the forgotten essentials.  Since TSA rules change with the seasons it's nice to add shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and so on to a little basket.

If they need it they use it and they don't have to worry about running to a store to purchase a razor or toothbrush that they'll just be throwing away after a few days anyway.

To get the entire list of what I add to my guests' basket download the free checklist (it's included in the checklist!!) 

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Adding this little touches make your guests feel welcome and at home.

It may take a few extra minutes but the reward is well worth it.

Don't forget, I've put together a checklist for you.  Inside this checklist, I've added the list of supplies I add to my guest's welcome basket so you can put one together yourself.  All you have to do is click the button below to download the checklist.

I want to thank you so much for stopping by.  In the comments below I'd love to hear what things you do to prepare your home for out of town guests?  

Below I've added a few other posts that I thought you'd find useful.  Again, thank you so much for stopping by.  Have an amazing day and holiday season!

Jenn