If you’re lucky enough to have a guest room, you’ll want to take some time to make your guests feel welcome. Now that seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? You’d be surprised! See how your situation stacks up against the most common scenarios.
Here’s what I find in most guest rooms I’m asked to organize:
If you find yourself in this predicament, take heart. You have a lot of company. The first step is to make some decisions. Very often when we see chaos in a room, we’re seeing a fear manifesting itself. Here are a series of questions to get your creative juices flowing. It’s easier to get moving and make changes when we know exactly what we want and why we haven’t yet created it.
I would be willing to bet you’ve got some magazines scattered around the house. OK maybe a lot of magazines? Here’s an opportunity to make good use of them before you toss them into the recycle bin. Let’s face it if you were really going to read them you would have made time to do so shortly after they arrived. Now they can serve you in a new way before they bid you adieu. Page through them quickly looking for ~ inspiration! The operative word here is quickly. If you stop to read every article you won’t be inspired, you’ll be overwhelmed.
New Homes for Old Friends
No, I’m not talking about your best friend moving into your guest room. I’m talking about finding homes for all those items you know you aren’t ever going to use again. With a little effort some of them may in fact fund the room’s transformation. There’s always Craig’s List and E-Bay when you need a little extra cash and space in your home. But do try and think outside the box. Here are some suggestions:
I recently had an incredible challenge. I had a client who insisted we have his drum set and gym equipment set up as part of his home décor. This was a tiny two-bedroom apartment he shared with his teenage son. We had to move everything that day several times but ultimately he had a cozy set up that just happened to have a weight bench and drum set prominently placed!
The Bottom Line
Without saying a word to anyone who stays with you, your guest room speaks volumes about how you feel about them. Here are some items for a quick welcome checklist.
I’ve slept on couches and felt as welcome as visiting royalty. I’ve also slept in palatial guest rooms and been terribly unhappy because I felt most unwelcome. Beyond the sheets, towels and toothpaste is the energy of the host. If you’re happy to see your guests, they will feel it. My suggestions here are simply ways to make that welcome concrete.
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