We do not have guests stay too often at our house, because most of our family and friends are nearby, but when we do, it’s usually spur of the moment. When this happens, I don’t really have time to go out and get things that our guests may need, so I keep a lot of things on hand. The easiest way for me to organize everything was to use a three-tiered cart.
To help even more with the organization, I also used plastic organizers. I actually bought these ones, but I like that the other pack has a variety of sizes. I wish I would have found them first! Oh well! 🙂
On my cart, guests will find:
- A note that welcomes them to our home, tells them to use anything on the cart, and our wifi-passcode
- Body wash (men and women)
- Body Spray
- Shaving cream (men and women)
- Hair spray
- Hair ties/clips/barrettes/bobby pins
- Toothbrushes (at least 2)
- Cotton balls
- Make-up remover wipes
- Handheld mirror
- Nail kit
- Deodorant (men and women)
- First aid kit
- Sewing kit
- Wet wipes
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs
- Plug-in nightlight
- Phone charger
- Notepad and pens
- Candle and lighter
- Alarm clock
- Books and magazines
Once my guests leave, I look to see if anything needs to be replaced and buy it on my next trip to the store. This cart used to stay in our guest room closet (to be pulled out when needed), but that is now filled with baby items (thanks, little man!), so it just sits out in our guest room for the time being. Don’t ask me what I’m going to do once we have another child! At least it’s on wheels!
When I find out that a guest is staying, I put out some items around the house as well. In the bedroom, I leave extra pillows and blankets on the bed. I also leave some hangers in the closet, but again that’s filled with baby things, so there’s not much room to hang anything! In the bathroom, I leave one bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth per person, as well as, an empty toothbrush container and disposable cups on the sink. Then in the kitchen, I tell them to help themselves to anything, but purposely put out bottles of water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks.
I know when I’m a guest at someone’s house, I feel awkward asking for things, so that’s why I try to make sure that our guests have everything they could possibly need! But of course, I still encourage them to ask if they need anything!
Can you think of anything that I missed?! I would love to hear from you!
12 thoughts on “The Essential House Guest List”
You need to open a bed and breakfast! You are all set. Love this accomadation so much!
Haha! Thanks! With my little man, it can feel like I’m running a bed and breakfast at times! I swear all I do is feed him! He’s always hungry!
WOW! I think you thought of everything. I love your cart idea for guests. So thoughtful!
Thanks! I love my cart too! It’s so nice and easy to be able to wheel it out when I need it!
We live an hour from our closest family and friends so our guest room and bathroom are always being used. I too try to keep it stocked for them!
Isn’t it so much easier to have everything stocked and pull it out when you need it?!
This is amazing! I definitely want to start doing this! You’re definitely a great host!
Thanks! It definitely helps to have everything ready to go!
I can’t think of anything you missed. These are helpful lists!
Thanks so much! 🙂
You’ve thought of everything! What a great host! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂