Continuing on with our holiday readiness plan, this week we’ll talk about the guest bath, whether you have a dedicated bathroom for guests or if they'll share with your family.
Second task – The guest bath
The following are true whether your guests will have their own bath or one shared with your kids :
· Give the bathroom a good cleaning and decluttering - a little glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner and Tilex will go a long way to get rid of all the things that build up over time in the bathroom. Although you might have to spruce it up again right before company arrives, do the heavy cleaning now to make that job easier. Also, take time t go through all the drawers, shelves and cabinets to clear out all the mostly empty bottles and anything else that's not been used in the last year. Having some room for your guests to store their toiletries will make them feel welcomed and comfortable.
· Create a “stash” of travel sized toiletries - whether you bring them back from a hotel you stayed at or purchase them at your local drug store, almost every product you could need is available in a travel size. Include a few new toothbrushes, nail files and a blow dryer in case your guests forget theirs.
· Over the counter medicine – keep a supply of basic medicines in the guest bath, just in case. Tylenol (or its equivalent), cold/sinus and medications for “tummy trouble” can be a lifesaver for your guests.
· Time for new towels? - check out your towels to see if it's time to replace any that are worn or discolored. There's nothing like a thick, fresh towel! While your looking at the towels, check out the shower curtain liner. Its something you don't see unless you shower in that bathroom.
· If you don't have a trash can, get one - it can be embarrassing to have to carry your trash through the house. Places like Bed, Bath & Beyond have attractive, reasonably priced alternatives for any décor. If you don't have a soap dispenser or cup, pick those up as well, your guests will appreciate those little luxuries.
· Stock up - having a healthy supply of toilet paper, tissues and feminine products can prevent unnecessary embarrassment for you and your guests. Keep a plunger in every bathroom, when you need it you don't want to have to go looking (or asking).
Next up - the heart of the home, the kitchen ...