How are you doing on your 100 Things 2 Do Before Christmas list?
I’m all over the board – I have most from the month before done, some from two weeks before, even a few from the week before – but I don’t have any single section completed. So much for being organized eh?
As well as seeing if I could reduce energy bills in time for the added financial strain of guests (click to compare energy), one task I wanted to accomplish early was prepping the guest bathroom – this allowed me to take an inventory of what I had on hand and what I still needed to get to make sure any company that comes over feels welcome and (hopefully) pampered.
We don’t get a lot of overnight guests – usually just my Dad on Christmas Eve – but we do get a lot of guests that just “pop by” – delivering gifts and stopping in for a Holiday drink – so it’s important to be ahead of the game.
Our guest bathroom is actually the girls bathroom, so in preparation for GranDad’s visit we not only need to clear out some of the nail polish and hair bands, but give him a spot to keep his toiletries.
The shelf I added to the bathroom is the perfect spot. I brought out all of the little toiletries
we’d stolen from hotels so that he’ll have a single-serving size of whatever he needs. A fresh bar of soap, a new toothbrush and space for his toiletry bag and his little station is set up.
The shower is stocked with shampoo and I’ll make sure all of the towels and mats are washed and fresh a few days before he arrives.
Something really important that not a lot of people mention is toilet paper. Have you gone somewhere and been down to the last square? You can’t call out when you’re in the bathroom for help, and you can’t admit that you did the ‘drip-dry’ because the host was all out of paper, so you squiggle around until you’re as drip-free as you’re going to get, then you calmly come out and say “I used the last of the toilet paper” so the next person doesn’t think you have no hygiene.
Don’t lie, you’ve been there!
I try to make sure that all of our bathrooms have a stock of TP within reach of the throne itself, so no one has to get up or search around.
Another little tip that will make your home more welcoming is a clean garbage can. Whether you wash it out or just line it with a fresh bag, it gives the impression of cleanliness and consideration for your guests. No one wants to see your used floss or Q-tips.
Hanging a fresh bathrobe on the back of the bathroom, or guest bedroom, door is a nice touch. Company can shower and wrap up comfortably instead of trying to stretch that towel around all of the important stuff. You don’t have to mark up your door either, a command strip is perfect for the job and can be taken down later if you don’t like the look.
If your guests are staying for an extended period, you could also set out a razor, bottled water and nightlight to make their stay even more comfortable.
Not having guests overnight? That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Probably the most important bathroom in your house (this time of year anyways) is your main floor powder room – this is where everyone goes and should therefore be set up to cover everyone’s needs.
Today I stocked a basket of basic essentials that the stop-by guest might need; an extra container of soap, some hand cream, feminine products and my ENJO textile cloth – for getting shrimp cocktail or spilled wine out of clothes.
You can leave this basket on the back of your toilet if you want to make it obvious to your guests, or tuck it within arm’s reach so they can grab’n go.
If you have a small (un-ugly) plunger, this would be a good time to tuck it close by as well. You never know, and the last thing you want is for your guests to feel embarrassed. Check that, the VERY LAST thing you want is to have to unclog it yourself.
In prepping the guest bathroom early I can see that I’m short on air freshener and kleenex and have plenty of time to stock up before the real traffic starts coming.
I know, prepping the bathrooms is not as exciting as building a new coffee table – trust me, I’d much rather be doing the latter, SO to make this a bit more exciting, I’m going to do a giveaway!
Leave a comment below with a special tip or trick that you do to prepare your home for guests. Anything from homemade air fresheners to setting up a coffee station – I want to know!
Wanna know what you’re going to get? (in my best Jeff Probst impersonation)
We’re talking full size here – not samples. These are two of my FAVOURITE ENJO products, and if I’m being honest, I was almost going to keep them for myself – but that wouldn’t really be in the spirit of the Holiday would it?
The retail value on this package is $80 Cdn – but you can have it for free!
On Saturday, December 19th at midnight I’ll draw a name from all of the comments below and announce on Sunday’s post.
(One entry per e-mail address please and I’ll ship anywhere in the world, so go for it!)
If you want to take advantage of other ENJO Holiday Specials – check these out!