Whether you’re preparing for extra visitors over the holidays or you just want your home to feel a bit more welcoming and comfortable for out-of-town guests, use this helpful cleaning checklist and tips to wow your family and friends.

Where to Start — Guest Bedroom or Sleeping Area

If you use your spare bedroom as a place for all those things you don’t know what to do with, now is the time to clear it out. You don’t want your guests to feel crowded by clutter or to think you’re storing them with your junk.

Be sure to provide some extra drawer space or clear out room in the guest bedroom closet. Keep a good amount of durable hangers on hand as well to hold any trousers, suits, dresses or heavier coats and jackets.

Short on storage space? Consider buying a suitcase stand to help your guests keep organized, and to keep the room a bit more tidy during their stay.

Hands down the most important part of the guest bedroom is the bed. Make their stay unforgettable, in a good way, by providing the clean and comfortable space of their dreams. This means freshening up bed linens so the bed is a clean place to dream. Give your sheets a refreshing pick-me-up with any steam cycle in your washer or dryer.

Gather up extra pillows and blankets with various comfort levels. Provide soft, medium and firm pillow options, as well as both heavy and lightweight blankets so your guests stay cozy.

Guest Bedroom Nice-to-Haves

Want to upgrade your hosting game to “cute boutique hotel” status? Provide those little niceties that make staying away from home extra sweet:

Deck out the bedside table with essentials like an alarm clock or tissues, and even a few little luxuries such as bottles of water, chocolates and fresh flowers in a vase.

Ensure guests have everything they could possibly need like pens and paper, note cards, local maps, important phone numbers and even write up a little list of your local favorites and things to do.

Transform the Guest Bathroom into a Spa Retreat

Definitely one of the most critical rooms of the house, you want your guests to feel clean and comfortable and not guessing what that weird mark on the shower curtain is.

Deep clean any bathroom your guests will be using including the toilet, sink, mirrors, tub and shower and the shower curtain. Make sure no personal items are left out like razors or a sports bra hanging on the towel rack.

Get guest towels, wash cloths and robes ready for use. Is there anything more comforting than a warm, fluffy towel after getting out of the shower?

Have toiletries readily accessible. Load up on common bathroom supplies like toilet paper, tissues, hand soap, sanitizer, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss. You can even bring out those little shampoo, conditioner and body lotion bottles you’ve collected during previous hotel stays.

Provide any grooming products your guests may have left at home like a new brush and comb, hair dryer, hair straightener and extra hair ties.

Tackle the Rest of the House

A day or two before guests arrive, be sure to vacuum, dust and mop all surfaces of your home. We’ve got vacuums that easily transition from carpet to hard surfaces with ease, as well as clear away dust bunnies and cobwebs that lurk in the corners of your home. Pet owners will love this vacuum, with an attachment that picks up your pup’s hair!

Clean the entryway or foyer of your home, and provide extra storage. If you don’t have an entry closet for coats and shoes, invest in a shoe basket and coat rack so all of your guests’ outside gear is in one space.

Throughout the house, empty garbage cans and replace burnt out or flickering light bulbs.

Make sure air purifiers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and space heaters are all working, or invest in one to make your home comfortable for everyone.

Be Prepared for Anything

Make a menu that takes into consideration any food allergies or preferences your guests may have.

Keep your kitchen stocked with a few guest-friendly snacks and essentials like coffee, eggs, orange juice, fruit, bread, lunch meat and fresh produce.

If you tend to host out-of-town guests regularly, consider having a spare key made that is just for visitors to use when they visit. It will let you and your guests keep your own schedule, and you can even keep it in a secure hiding place for your guests if they will be arriving or leaving before you can make it home.

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