The fact that you even have a guest room is amazing--it means your kiddos haven't completely taken over the house. ;) Sure, your spare room might double as your craft getaway or as an accidental storage space (hello, one million Legos...), but it's a room with potential nonetheless.

With school about to start and Thanksgiving just a few months away--you KNOW it will come faster than you think!--now is the perfect time to start prepping your guest room.

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Step 1 | Remove everything from the room and give it a thorough cleaning.

This the least fun part, but it's always best to start fresh. To help you out, I'm revealing a few "pro" cleaning tips that will help your guest room reach hotel-status in no time.

Tip #1

If the room is carpeted, sprinkle a fine dusting of baking soda across it and let it sit overnight before vacuuming. Baking soda is a natural and safe way to freshen and deodorize carpet.

Tip #2

If the room has wood or laminate flooring, use a Swiffer to pick up the fine dust. This actually works better than a vacuum. 

Tip #3

Use a vacuum wand to remove cobwebs from the corners, closet, and ceiling.

Tip #4

Replace light bulbs and clean the light fixtures / ceiling fan to remove bugs and dust.

Tip #5

Polish all wooden items in the room, but be sure not use to use harsh chemicals if you guest is sensitive to them. For a natural alternative to the ever-popular Lemon Pledge brand, click here. 

Tip #6

Add lavender-scented packets to the drawers of the nightstand. Again, use discretion if your guest has a sensitive nose.

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Step 2 | Arrange the furniture sparsely.

No one likes to feel crowded, but they'll love having a space all to themselves in the midst of your bustling household. Here are the only furniture items your guest room needs:

  • A bed (two twin beds or one queen is best for accommodating multiple guests)
  • A nightstand (or two) with a lamp
  • A comfy chair in the corner, preferably by a window
  • A smaller dresser
  • A full-length mirror
  • At least one visible and accessible outlet for charging electronics
  • Keep decor to a happy minimum (don't hang family photos or other extra-personal memorabilia in the room, as it can make some guests feel like they're intruding)
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Step 3 | Supply the Appropriate Amenities

Think hotel concierge meets bed-and-breakfast relaxation. 

For the bedroom:

  • Coordinated sheets, comforter, and pillows
  • An additional blanket for chilly nights
  • Appropriate window coverings for privacy and light allowance
  • A rug by the bed (if the floor is not carpeted)
  • Empty hangers in the closet

If your guest room has its own bathroom:

  • Fresh towels, washcloths, and shower mats
  • Attractive shower curtain
  • Small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Hand soap and lotion
  • A small hair dryer
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Extra toilet paper
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Step 4 | The Final Prep

Right before your guest arrives, place a fresh bouquet in the room. Nothing is quite as welcoming as a bundle of fresh blooms--especially in the middle of a Wisconsin autumn or winter.

If your home has wi-fi that requires a password, leave a note on the dresser with that information.


My name is Maria Kovach, and I'm an interior designer serving Sun Prairie, Madison, and the surrounding Wisconsin areas. Let's chat about how we can transform your home into an artful expression of YOU. Book your free consult today!

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