Are you hosting? I was talking to a girlfriend recently. She was regretting being the family meeting place for the Thanksgiving holiday. She wanted everyone comfortable and happy, but also said, “I don’t want them so comfortable they stay too long.” I can relate–although I can’t think of many guests I have wanted to leave. She, like me, wants to be the place everyone likes to go. Like myself, and most other hosts, she wants people to like her home, her food, her decor–her efforts. Understandable.
The conversation moved into a request for planning advice. How do you make your home welcoming without adding to your list of holiday hassles? The former being a genuine desire, the latter winning the higher notch on the priority bar. I told her that solve that little problem with the internet, mostly. (Then I realize I have a great post idea!) On to it.
I’ve got girlfriends in Manhattan efficiencies with barely space to spare, and girlfriends with more guest bedrooms than they can find ways to use them. The lists are tailored to the space, but the thoughts are the same: I just ask them, what would you love?
Everyone loves a clean space, that’s an easy place to start. If you have temporary help, or are delegating to child, here is a helpful checklist you can download to ensure a thorough clean. But once the cleaning is done, do you know what to have handy? Here are 2 suggestions to fit whatever space and budget you may have.
Shared Space Essentials
Room to Spare
Add to the essentials, a second towel (2 towels per guest), a water carafe and covered filtered water pitcher, guest slippers, a handy list of toiletries from my Pampered Guest Checklist, all displayed for your guest’s convenience in a linen lined basket in the bathroom or closet.
Comfort is an easy gift to give your guests if you do a little planning in advance. Happy entertaining.