Do your holiday plans include entertaining out-of-town guests? Getting ready for holiday guests always means a little extra work such as cleaning the house from top to bottom, buying extra groceries, and finishing the last of the Christmas shopping while we can.
Adding to this “to do” list of holiday chores should be prepping the guest room. A few hours is usually all the time it takes to clean out the guest room and turn it into a cozy holiday retreat for your company. Need some help getting started? Here is how it’s done:
Clean first. While a guest room doesn’t need deep cleaning, it still needs some cleaning before turning it over to your holiday guests. The cleaning check list for the guest room should include these easy tasks:
* Vacuuming of the carpet and upholstered furnishings using the upholstery tool
* A thorough dusting of all surfaces including the lamps, baseboards, luggage benches, TV sets etc.
* Washing windows and mirrors
* Polishing all wooden furniture with a good furniture polish
* Wiping down fingerprints on doors and closets
* Wiping down the interior of the closet shelves and dresser drawers
* Dusting walls and ceilings
* Washing the ceiling shades
* Vacuuming or dusting the window coverings
* Removing the sewing machine, beer making kit, or other hobby items that take up space.
Line the dresser drawers with paper. Drawer paper protects the cabinet wood from accidental spills and is an easy way to freshen up the look of old woodwork. A easy and festive touch for the guest room is to line the dresser drawers with Christmas gift wrap. Heavy paper (not foil) gift wrap will work the best here.
Minor Fix-it tasks and guest room repairs. Even unused guest rooms may need a handyman (or handywoman’s) touch to fix little problems that should be addressed before holiday company arrives. Common guest room fix-it tasks include these minor repairs:
* Replacing burned out light bulbs
* Testing the smoke alarm
* Installing a couple of night lights for the wall outlets (for the holidays, holiday themed night lights look fantastic)
* Hooking up the television set & dvd players
* Tightening drawer handles
* Oiling the hinges of the door and testing the lock
* Flipping the mattress
* Tack down slippery scatter rugs
Change out the linens. Prepping the guest room for holiday guests should also include switching out the bed linens for crisp & clean Holiday linens. If you live in the cold north, holiday themed flannel sheets are a festive way to keep guests warm. For warmer climates, holiday print linens in cotton are the best option.
If your budget allows it, a comforter or bedspread in holiday colors can also liven the guest room for the holidays. One inexpensive option for a holiday bedspread is to shop discount or remaindered stores for solid color bedspreads in gold, forest green, or royal blue. Holiday print shams and a few holiday pillows is all it will take to turn a solid colored bedspread into a holiday bedspread.
Extra items. For at least a couple of weeks, the guest room will be your holiday guests “home away from home.” Extra items that should be kept in the room for your guests’ convenience include extra blankets, extra towels, an alarm clock, small clothes hamper, tumblers, trash can & liners, and clothes hangers.
Finish up with decorative holiday touches. With all that great Christmas decor available in stores, decorating a guest room for the holidays is so easy. Decor items such as tabletop Christmas tree, some holiday scatter pillows, a Christmas throw blanket for snuggling, a pine cone candle and a few holiday coffee table sized books can go far in making a guest room look holiday festive.