Follow these tips to be the hostess with the mostess this holiday season.
1. Put together a welcome basket for your guests with toiletries and medication they may have forgotten — hand soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, spare toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton swabs, pain relievers and antacids are all must-haves.
2. Carve out a dedicated space for your guests to leave their luggage. You can snag a collapsible luggage rack online for about $40. I’m keen on this well-reviewed, brass-finished metal and woven fabric strap model from Wayfair (not pictured).
3. Clear out space in a closet or set up a garment rack so guests can hang up their clothes. If you want to go the extra mile, leave out an iron and a lint roller.
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4. Don’t go scrambling for that tiny scrap of paper with the wifi password written on it. Print out a free template, pop it in a stylish frame, and display it in a prominent spot like your guest bedroom, living room or entryway.
5. Add a table lamp and carafe to the nightstand. You don’t want Aunt Sheryl to trip in the dark on her way to the bathroom to grab a glass of water!
6. If your guests are early risers (or accustomed to a different time zone) leave out coffee and tea essentials in the kitchen. Be sure to print out directions if you’ve got a high-tech coffeemaker.
7. Keep spare towels and washcloths *in* the bathroom. Placing them out on the bed is a kind gesture, but they’re often left behind on the way to the shower.
8. Bring in a fan and some extra blankets. Some people can’t fall asleep without the help of white noise, while others require a few extra layers of warmth to feel snug.
9. Channel an Airbnb Superhost by creating a city guide with all of your favorite shops, restaurants, bars and attractions. If your guests will be coming and going throughout the day, have a spare key made.
10. Finally, don’t forget the finishing touches! Fresh flowers, a scented candle, snacks or a bottle of wine will show your guests how much you care.