Be ready for an impromptu sleepover with your own “hotel-in-a-box.” Just follow these easy steps.
1. SET ASIDE BEDDINGS AND TOWELS JUST FOR GUESTS.
You’ll save time by not needing to go through your linen closet to look for matching and complete sets if they’re already on hand.
2. PUT NECESSARY TOILETRIES IN A BOX OR CADDY.
It will make things easier for guests if they have a caddy to carry around if they don’t have their own bathroom. Here’s a tip: Stock up on hotel shampoos, conditioners, and bath gels when traveling abroad and use these for guests. They’re the perfect size for short stays!
3. PROVIDE A PAIR—OR TWO—OF SLIPPERS FOR GUESTS.
There are times when people forget to pack their own slippers. In these cases, they’ll appreciate you remembering them in this small way.
4. MAKE A LIST OF IMPORTANT NUMBERS.
You may not always have time to do everything with your guests, so let them know they can reach you in case they need anything. List down home, office, and emergency numbers, and include your driver’s number, as well as fast food delivery numbers.
5. KEEP IT ALL TOGETHER.
Place everything you’ve prepared in a basket so that’s easy to retrieve once your guests arrive. The basket can then be used as a hamper for their dirty laundry during their stay. When they leave, you can store everything in the basket again and stow it in a closet.
6. MAKE IT A NOTEWORTHY STAY.
Even a handwritten card with a short message can help your guests feel more welcome in your home. Place this on their bed or toiletry basket where it won’t be missed.
If you have more time to prepare, clear out a couple of drawers or make room in a closet so they won’t have to live out of a suitcase during their stay. Make a list of activities and places of interest in your area (very helpful for out-of-towners). Just before they arrive, light some candles or bring in some fresh flowers. Let them feel like you’ve been eagerly anticipating their arrival.
(First published in Good Housekeeping, March 2008; photo by Jun Pinzon)