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5 Easy Ways to Get Ready for Summer Guests

Hosting out-of-town guests can be a wonderful experience, but can also be a bit stressful trying to make sure everything in your house is in top shape for your visitors. Keeping the following tips in mind will help getting ready go much smoother.

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A Guest's Perspective

A Guest’s Perspective

The first thing that all great hosts understand is that being a guest in someone else’s home is stressful. Therefore, our first objective is to help alleviate the stress and tension of invading someone else’s space. Conversely, it is just as important to be a good guest and to know how long to stay with out over staying your welcome. Having house guests is never easy or without effort. Both host and guest need to be conscientiously aware of this but good hosts have an uncanny knack for making it appear effortless.

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Test Drive Your Guest Room

Test Drive Your Guest Room

Compare the bed in your guest room to your favourite hotel. How does your guest bed stack up? If possible, invest in a good mattress set. Don’t let the guest room be the dumping ground for replaced mattresses.

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Use Quality Linens

Use Quality Linens

Next, look at your linens. Are these hand-me-downs or are they good quality linens. Generally the best linens are white with a thread count of at least 300. The dyes in darker fabrics tend to make the fibers rough and irritable. How about the pillows? Are there extra blankets and pillows in the closet?

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Bedside “Musts”

When I travel, I often need to read before bed in order to help me fall asleep. A guest room needs bedside lights, an alarm clock, and even a few good books or magazines left on the dresser. I try to leave a few that I know a particular guest will enjoy.

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Window Treatments

Window Treatments

Fresh flowers and a couple of treats in case your guest gets hungry in the middle of the night are a nice luxury left on the dresser. When decorating the guest room aim to make it neither too feminine nor too masculine. Stick to middle ground so that everyone feels at home.

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