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18 December 2020

Written by Lorraine Lea – Simply Home

Christmas is almost here! With friends and family frequently dropping in, a slew of festive events to attend and a long list of gifts to buy, it’s no wonder why we call it the silly season.

We’ve created a checklist to make sure your guest room is ready for when relatives stay overnight, or unexpected visitors drop by for a wine (or two!).

If your guest room is generally used as a storage room for excess pieces of furniture, suitcases and other things, you may have some work to do in preparation!

Clean it out

Take everything out of the room that isn’t essential and make a final decision on those miscellaneous household items that have long been forgotten. If you don’t have a need for it, or haven’t used it in over a year, chances are it’s time to donate it to a charity shop. Give your spare room a once over with a vacuum and a wipe. Nobody wants to share their room with dust mites or spiders hiding in the corners!


Clear the wardrobe

Ensure the guest bedroom is clean, tidy and refreshed

If your guests are staying for a prolonged period of time, they’ll probably be bringing a bag full of clothes and personal items. Living out of a suitcase isn’t fun, so make sure your guests have wardrobe space, enough coat hangers and drawers to use.


Turn the mattress

You should flip your mattress up to four times a year, and we’re betting the mattress in your guest room falls far short of that number. Make sure you flip it before your guests arrive.


Refresh the bedding

Refresh the bedding with our luxurious NOOK range

Putting a fresh set of linen on the bed is a no-brainer, but do your sheetsquilts or pillows need updating? If they haven’t been updated in a while, invest in some new ones so your guests can enjoy a fresh night’s sleep away from any bacteria that may be hiding inside old bedding! A good soft, set of sheets can make or break a good night’s rest.

To give your guests a luxury experience, why not try our NOOK Silk Royale Pillowcases and Supima Sheet Sets? Each piece in the NOOK by Lorraine Lea range has been designed to mix, match and layer effortlessly to make styling with existing pieces easy.


Style it up

Add some colour and style with Mimosa

It’s time to add a bit of flare to the room with decorator items! An eye-catching quilt cover with complementing throw rug and assorted cushion covers can instantly transform a boring or blank space.

Our Serra Vase and Ashley Throw are the perfect accessory to brighten up your guest room. Try styling with yellows to complement our Pia Quilt Cover Set, or blush pink to style up our Mimosa Quilt Cover Set and make that colour pop!


Add some life

Adding fresh flowers will liven up any room

Freshen things up with some seasonal blooms on the bedside table. Studies suggest those who wake up near flowers start the day in a better mood. There are plenty of affordable options at your local supermarket or pick some from your garden!


Creature comforts

Have a spare robe and slippers ready for your guests

The simple way to make your guests feel right at home is by offering them a pair of slippers and a robe. These are items your visitors probably wouldn’t have brought along with them and it will make them feel like one of the family during their stay. Add a hook to the back of the door so these can be stored out of the way, but in an easily accessible space!


Bedside necessities

Arrange the bedside table with everything your guests may need including a reading light, a couple of books or magazines, a box of tissues and a glass for water. If you’re going to be getting into the festive spirit a box of Panadol or Nurofen for the morning could also be a lifesaver!


Home how-to

Including a little note of ‘how-to’ won’t go under appreciated! Write up a list of helpful details about your home like Wi-Fi passwords and instructions for your TV and other household systems.


The extras

Ensure a spare blanket is available for your guests

Make sure you store extra bedding and pillows in the guest room wardrobe, or let your guests know where to find an extra blanket if they become cold during the night. There is nothing worse than not being able to add an extra layer when needed!

Our ultra-soft blankets are lightweight yet beautifully warm for those cooler nights.


Bathroom basics

Extra towels and toiletries will be appreciated

Sometimes when packing, your guests may forget the most essential items. Stock up your guest bathroom with toothpaste, soap, shampoo & conditioner and fold a bath towel on the end of guest’s beds for them to use throughout their stay.

Try our new range of Cooper Towels. Available in several different colours, they’re made from super soft zero twist cotton offering superior absorbency with every use!


Guest rooms are all about creating a home away from home for your guests. Thinking about your guest room as a hotel room will make your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home.

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