My parents came to stay with the kids and I for a week, while my husband was traveling overseas on business. We also tend to frequently have overnight guests, usually family since both my husband and my parents live in different states.
As with any company (but especially my parents), I want them to be comfortable and feel welcome!
When company comes, I always want the bathroom to be sparkling clean. So in preparation, I tend to give it a good decluttering and scrubbing.
For this visit and others, this is how I got ready for my company:
I cleaned out everything under the sink in the bathroom they were going to use.
That’s when I realized I had so many duplicates of supplies.
After I weeded out miscellaneous items, I restocked with plenty of towels and toilet paper.
This particular bathroom had no perfect place to hang a hand towel, because of the giant mirror, and outlet and switches. I’ve tried several different products and stands for holding a hand towel to dry hands on, but nothing worked great.
Then I found this water resistant Command hook, and used it directly on the mirror.
So far this has been our best solution.
I used my favorite simple tub and shower scrubber to get the tub and shower gleaming.
If you have the space:
- It’s helpful to clear a shelf or drawer, and a space in the closet with spare hangers, for your guests to store some of their belongings.
- A mirror for putting on makeup and doing hair is considerate as well, if the bathroom will be a busy place.
Some visitors appreciate a nightlight in case they need to get up during the night.
A box of tissues and some favorite snacks is a thoughtful touch.
A bedside light and an alarm clock is convenient and useful as well.
An extra blanket and a couple of extra pillows are a nice consideration.
I like to add some magazines or reading material with my guest’s interests, a tv listing guide, and some fresh flowers or a potted flower.
My parents and I had a wonderful time, and they said they felt comfortable and welcome.
I hope this gives you some ideas to make your guests feel cared for and relaxed.
UPDATE: Since I posted this we have redone this bathroom on a budget!
You can read all about it here.