Relatives coming to see how you’re getting on in life, old friends visiting from out of town, and the occasional local house guest are inevitable from time to time. It is almost always a pleasure to have guests in our homes, and it should be even more of a pleasure to make their stay warm and comfortable.
One of the most beautiful ways to welcome a guest or guests into your home is to create a cozy, private space for them to relax. We all need time to decompress from our travels, even when visiting family. Transforming the guest bedroom into a luxurious niche will appeal to your guests, it truly is the best way to honor them.
Prioritize the Space
We don't all have an extra bedroom in our homes, which often means air mattresses in the living room, or pulled out sofa beds. If you have several guests that visit throughout the year, consider how you could rearrange your home to allow for a permanent guest space. It's a worthwhile priority. One way could be to combine your children into one bedroom leaving the smallest room for your guests.
If you have a spare bedroom that is used mainly as a office or to store junk, reconsider the layout. It's much better to setup a guest bedroom and occasionally use it for storage when you don't have guests. This only requires minimal cleanup when prepping for your guest's arrival.
Choose Comfort Over Cost
Today it is easy to find a comfortable mattress at a low cost. Check Amazon or mattress.review to help make this decision. It's also worthwhile to have comfortable pillows, sheets with a medium or high thread count, and blankets for various comfort levels (cool to warm).
If you are unable to have a specific guest bedroom due to your number of children or simply due to space, consider purchasing high quality mattresses for your children that can be used by guests when in town, or high quality pop-up air mattresses. After all, it's most important for your guests to rest well.
Make the Atmosphere Lovely
While proximity to the bathroom may not be possible in your home, you can certainly make the guest bedroom a true retreat. Light colored bedding, sheer curtains with pull down shades, that provide enough privacy, lamps, and minimal furniture will make the space feel open and airy. Leave room in the closet with extra hangers, and whatever is stored in the closet would be best well organized on one side. Have a space for your guest's suitcases, an end table for their personal items, and a cell phone charger as well. A bookcase with a few decor pieces and additional space for their items will also be helpful.
Water bottles, a few snacks, an essential oil diffuser with peppermint and lavender oil, maybe a welcome gift, a few luxury toiletries, and perhaps a great book for them to read would surely make your guest's feel welcome.
"Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4:9
Remember, guests are a blessing, and when they visit it's our chance to serve wholeheartedly within our own homes. No matter the guest, treat them with love, offer them comfort, and their visit will hopefully be life-giving.
*This is a collaborative post.