We live in a small three bedroom home built a long time ago when rooms were tiny and closets were tiny and people were tinier. (Honestly, I’m convinced they were!) That being said, it takes some creativity to make our home work for us. As much as I’d love a king bed, it literally wouldn’t fit in our bedroom along with the rest of our furniture. We’ve stuck with a queen and will look forward to upgrading someday.
Later this year we’re making room for another human in our nest. We could put him in our third bedroom but I like the idea of having a space for guests. Plus, my brother and I shared a room when we were little and I think there’s something special about siblings sharing a room. We plan to purchase an Ikea crib for baby boy (they’re a little smaller than normal but use the same size crib mattress), and I’ll have to continue to be careful about how many toys accumulate in our house. I’m a big fan of backyard toys simply so I don’t have to look at them all over my living room.
Our third room is currently an office/guest room. We don’t have guests often enough for me to let that valuable space go unused on a day-to-day basis, but, I like that our families and friends can still feel welcome here even though it’s not a dedicated guest room. We’ve never given this room much time or money…in fact…all the artwork on the wall was free besides the thrift store frames, and most of the furniture was bought second-hand or given to us, including our futon. All our guests say they like our futon but I still feel a little guilty it’s not an actual bed. (Let’s be real: I can tell you my favorite homes to visit because of their amazing mattresses and sheets.)
I’ve been brainstorming ways to make our “guest room” more inviting for visitors. This Real Simple article got me motivated. I’d love to get our baseboards installed, purchase new artwork, and buy proper window coverings but I have a feeling none of these changes would make a huge difference for guests. It seems like little things are what people notice most.
A few things I already try to do for guests: leave a basket of mini toiletries; have tissues, water and reading items readily accessible; tidy the room; provide a mirror and open outlets; make sure there’s enough warm bedding and pillow options.
A few things I’d like to start doing: provide a luggage rack; leave guests a handwritten note; purchase a noise machine and rug; leave a spare key in plain sight and a notecard with our home’s wifi information and alarm code.
What is your favorite way to make guests feel at home when they visit? Have you ever stayed somewhere that did an incredible job welcoming you?