Creating a Welcoming Space for Guests


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The holiday season is upon us! For many, it’s a time for welcoming family and friends into our homes. And while the holidays may look a little different this year, preparation is still important. It’s never too early to start thinking about how you’ll prep for holiday guests— especially if you want to save yourself the last-minute rush. Today, I’m laying out a few tips for creating a warm, welcoming space that’ll make your guests feel at home!


An Inviting Space


Whether guests will have their own room or camp out on the couch, you can create a cozy space for restful nights. Start by providing fresh sets of the appropriate linens they’ll need, and let them know where they’re located. If your linen closet needs a holiday overhaul, check out my post on linen closet organization! Make sure to provide plenty of extra pillows and blankets for cold nights. Guests staying for extended periods of time may need extra sets of sheets and towels.


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If you have a dedicated guest room, make space in a closet or dresser for guests to store their clothes. It’ll be an appreciated amenity for those who may be used to living out of a suitcase while traveling! It can also be helpful to provide a space for guests to charge their electronics. Try setting up a charging station in their room or in a place of easy access.


Charging Tray via Courant


Complete the space by adding a few thoughtful touches by the bedside. Functional items like an alarm clock, an additional phone charger, and a lamp or booklight for bedtime reading will ensure that guests have everything they need (and may have forgotten to bring). To make the space aesthetically welcoming, add a candle and fresh flowers! Your guests will love finding comfort in their space after long days of holiday socializing.


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Prepping the Bathroom


When getting your bathroom holiday-ready, consider providing toiletries and tools that guests will need, and store them together in a drawer (be sure to use a drawer organizer!) or decorative basket atop the vanity. Pick up travel size items like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion as well as extra toothbrushes, mouthwash, and floss. Robes and slippers can make an extra-welcoming addition to any bathroom.


Drawer Organizer via The Container Store

Storage Basket via The Container Store



Cozy Up the Kitchen


If your guests are early risers, setting up a coffee or tea station in the kitchen will be a perfect way for them to start their mornings. Along with your coffee and tea selection, stock mugs, spoons, and all of the add-ins that may be needed.


Coffee/Tea Pod Organizer via The Container Store


Mug Storage Rack via Pottery Barn


Keep the pantry stocked with snacks that are well-organized and easy to reach. See my tips for whipping your pantry into shape here. A candy dish or jar of cookies will add a bit of extra holiday cheer!


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Glass Storage Jars via The Container Store



When it comes to the holidays, early preparation can minimize last-minute stress and make for a smooth and enjoyable season. Your guests will feel welcome and at ease in your home when you prepare a thoughtful space for them. I hope these tips help you add a little extra comfort and joy to your holiday season this year!


The Aesthetic Organizer is a professional, personalized service that helps New York City residents organize their homes, simplify their lives and maximize their precious space. You deserve a beautiful, well-thought out home. Curated closets, organized bathrooms, cheerful children's play areas and functionally spaced kitchens are only the beginning. Contact me here to experience the benefits that come with Aesthetic Organization.



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