Between the work of getting ready for the holidays, and the labour of cleaning your home until it meets the exacting standards you assume guests have for dust, it can be easy to forget to attend to the details. Here is our checklist to make it easy!
Stock the bathroom. Make sure you have extra, and accessible toilet paper, feminine products, and anything else your guests might need but be embarrassed to ask for. Put some shampoo and soap in the shower, have some available toothpaste, and make clear which towels are theirs by putting some clean ones by their bed or in the guest bathroom.
Clear space in the closet or a chest of drawers. Make sure that your guests have a place to unpack their clothing, and some hangers to keep their clothes looking good over their trip. Make sure there is space for heavy jackets, suits, and a place where they can primp in private, preferably a full length mirror near the guest space. If you don’t have a lot of space, at the very least, has a space where they can put their suitcase and if possible, provide a suitcase stand.
Set up a primer or FAQ. Leave out some paper with your wifi password, any explanation needed for operating the television or blu ray player, and some ideas for interesting nearby destinations or day trips. If they will be using public transit, include instructions and some tokens to get started.
Stock the fridge. Make sure you check on any allergies or dietary restrictions and have some appropriate food and drink options ready for them. If you have pets, include any need to know information (don’t let the cat out) on your list.
Make up & test the guest bed. If you are using an air mattress, make sure it isn’t leaking. If a regular bed, make sure the amount of blankets are appropriate for the season and there are ample pillow options for different sleep preferences.
Make a spare key. You’ll be glad you did when they aren’t ringing your doorbell every time they arrive.