Prepping Your Guest Room for Visitors

We moved into the home we currently live in in April, and one of my first priorities was to get the guest room in order. We have lots of friends and family who live out of our area, and we wanted to make sure we had a space that anyone would be comfortable in anytime it was needed. Plus, hurricane season was upon us (we Floridians are well-versed in precautionary measures) and we wanted to make sure we were good to go in case we had power and others didn’t, etc.

July 4 weekend we hosted our first guests (my cousin, her husband, their three kids and the best friend of their oldest – so 2 adults and 4 kids in all). Oh, and us. So 8 people in one house. And we seriously had SO MUCH FUN.

I’ve since got everything back in order, to the point that, if someone called me right now and said, “I’m on my way to your house, I need to stay for a couple of days,” there would be no need for panic. (Except trying to lock CoCo the kitty out of here – she thinks it’s HER room.) Check it out…

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Welcome to our guest room/guest bathroom!

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The room isn’t huge (and no one is coming to our house for a spa experience or anything like that, ha!) so we didn’t do a headboard – we didn’t want it to make the space feel even smaller by accentuating the queen-size bed! (The bedding came from Bed, Bath & Beyond, by the way)

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So that left plenty of room for decor above the bed! These pieces came from Hobby Lobby.

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Since the end-table is so large, there is only one of them. (It actually came from my mom, who got two from a garage sale. She only used one, and gave me this one.) If we ever get smaller ones, I will make sure there is one on each side of the bed, but again…didn’t want any overkill!

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As far as I’m concerned, if there’s a bedside table, there should be a lamp (from Walmart), and every room needs a Yankee Candle, too! The lint brush? Remember me saying that CoCo the kitty thinks it’s HER room? Yeah, I’m not joking. So the lint brush is there in case anyone finds any cat hair that needs to be eradicated.

In our previous home, our tiny apartment dining room was decorated in blues and browns, so I kept these wall pieces from there and re-purposed them here in the guest room.

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It’s kinda hard to tell the color from the pics, but this is one of those rubbed bronze vintage-look fans. In case anyone gets hot or needs a little white noise to sleep better. (Came from Walmart)

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This lovely rocker came from my former neighbor, who has since moved on to a rest home. The blanket was hand-made for me by my aunt, and the pillow came from Walmart. (If you’ve never heard me say it, there’s a very nice Walmart 5 minutes from my house, so naturally it’s my first stop for…well, for anything.) The whole ensemble adds a bit of charm, I think.

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This curtain rod was from our bedroom at the apartment (too small for the windows in our bedroom here) and the curtain panel came from Bed, Bath & Beyond. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it! Just sheer enough to be elegant, yet thick enough to block outside light at night.

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The closet is stocked with organizational supplies and extra linens. (We also have two queen-sized air mattresses that we blow up in the office and in the empty front room, so I have linens and pillows for those, too! So our house actually sleeps 10 if you include the couch and the love seat!)

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And here’s the guest bathroom.

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It’s kinda funny – when we were looking to purchase a home, one of the things on our “wish-list” was a set of double sinks in the master bathroom. I guess that would be something most couples want, right? But we were a bit surprised when this house had double sinks in BOTH bathrooms! Reminds me of Ephesians 3:20…”Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…”

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The shower has these lovely glass doors already, but, with 6 people in and out of the bathroom, I thought a curtain was probably in order. No 15-year-old girl wants to walk in on her younger brother in the shower…or vice-versa, right?! And everything here came from Walmart.

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The only thing here that didn’t come from Walmart are the pictures on the wall. Those came from Beall’s.

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So peaceful, huh? I LOVED them as soon as I saw them!

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You know me and the air fresheners…gotta have ’em!

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I’m also partial to soaps from Bath & Body Works (you know, the ones they put on sale and you can basically buy them in bulk and get free ones?)

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The sign was the PERFECT gift for me from my cousin when she arrived (she knows me far too well – I LOVE IT!!!) and the candle came from…where else…Walmart.

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Dirty linens can be thrown in here quickly, and thrown into the washer just as quickly. And speaking of linens…

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I think we’re pretty set in that regard, as well.

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I also stocked the drawers with travel-sized hygiene items, medicinal options and toilet paper/tissues.

Whatcha think? I’m still not totally done – I have a few other ideas for things to make the space even more homey…but it’s come a LONG way in 3 months!
What do YOU keep in your guest space?

24 thoughts on “Prepping Your Guest Room for Visitors

  1. Awesome :-) I collect all of the travel soaps and shampoos from our vacations and from business trips. I keep a basket of those goodies in the guest room. I also keep travel toothpaste and a stash of new toothbrushes, cotton balls and Q-Tips :-)

    • Yep, all the travel-sized items are in those plastic bins in the drawers! No toothbrushes, cotton balls or Q-Tips, though – I’ll get on that, thank you! (And you guys are welcome anytime you’re ready to head for Florida! :) )

  2. Your room is so nice! My office gets turned into a guest room when someone is planning on staying here. I wish I had an extra bedroom like yours that could be used for guests only though, would be so much nicer.

    • Thanks :) We have an office and a Project Room, as well. Those do get turned into guest rooms if need be. We have two queen-sized air mattresses (the ones that have the built-in electric pumps and can be blown up in just a few minutes) and I have full bed-in-a-bag sets for each, so we can be ready pretty quick! (Now the challenge is to KEEP it a guest room instead of turning it into a storage room!)

  3. Seems like you thought of everything. I would gladly stay in that guest room. I love it! I’m not a huge fan of blue though so might have gone with something else but it looks great in this room. :)

  4. Man, I wish I could get our guest room as organized as that! Instead, it seems to be the landing place for random canning supplies, bookshelf overflow, spare boots, outgrown baby clothes, and assorted hobby stuff that doesn’t have a home…

  5. Great spaces! I love how you decorated them simply and elegantly. Everything looks nicely coordinated as well.I definitely understand the lint roller. I grew up with anywhere from 3-5 cats in my family home and have one of my own now. In face one of the cats my family had growing up was named Coco :).

  6. Wow, I want to come stay at your house! 😉 Looks awesome! I need to do this sometime in our house. We don’t have a lot of overnight guests though because both families live in state. And our guest room also doubles as the home office.

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