There’s nothing that gets your friends and family more riled up that the announcement of a baby on the way.
Likewise, a new baby means visitors, plan and simple.
From your parents to in-laws and relatives coming out of the woodwork to see your new bundle a joy, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some expected and unexpected guests after your baby is born.
However, many new parents run into a dilemma: they don’t have the right accommodations in place to take care of their guests. Similarly, who has time to worry about the guest room given the million moving pieces of preparing for delivery day?
Don’t sweat it. Stepping up your guest room game is easier than you might be led to believe. Rather than tear your hair out worrying about others, consider instead the three simple ways you can take your guest room to the next level without investing too much time or cash in the process.
While your guest accommodations in the past may have been little more than a sleeper-sofa or cot, it’s time to rethink what comfort means to your visitors. Think about it: especially if you’re taking in older guests or someone who’s staying with you for months on end, how can you expect them to enjoy their stay they can’t get a good night’s sleep?
You may consider purchasing a daybed as a cost-effective bedding solution if you don’t have the time or budget to invest in a full-blown bedroom redesign. Similarly, daybeds can be placed in just about any space while providing the coziness of a traditional bed.
Regardless of how you choose to let your guests sleep, make sure that they have a designated spot versus having to share the couch with the rest of your family.
Have a Place to Store Their Stuff
Don’t force your guests to sprawl out their suitcase and belongings throughout the house. After all, you’ll have plenty of messes to clean up without having to worry about the clutter of your visitors.
If your guest room has a designated closet, it’s probably time to de-clutter and stop using such a space as free-for-all storage. Parting with your junk is a great way to make room in your house for your baby’s future needs and keep your guests from feeling to cramped.
The same rules apply to any linen closets or hallway storage spaces where your guests can keep their stuff while they’re visiting.
Provide Small Amenities
As a new parent, you’re under no obligation to give your guests five-star treatment; however, it’s a kind gesture to provide your guests with small amenities to show your appreciation for helping with the baby. Whether through a well-stocked nightstand with a phone charger and bedside fan or plenty of pillows or a laundry basket, don’t ignore the small touches that make your visitors feel more at home in your home.
There’s plenty that goes into preparing for a new bundle a joy; however, make sure not to leave your guests out in the cold. By properly preparing your guest room, you’ll have a happier home for everyone that ensures that you have future visitors coming back time and time again.
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