Cheap Guest Room Decor
If you're lucky enough to have a guest room, it probably serves other purposes when you don't have guests. Here are inexpensive ways to make it welcoming for visitors.
Start with a cheap alarm clock. An electric (not battery powered) one is best - you don't want your guest to miss something important because the batteries died. Put that right by the bed so it's easily to see and find. Make sure that it is set properly.
Next, a water glass and a coaster are important. Many people get thirsty at night or have to take pills. You of course can just use one of your normal set - no need to buy something special!
Put a towel and washcloth on the edge of the bed. That way your guest knows clearly what to use and that they are clean. Make sure you give them fresh ones each night, if they stay for multiple days. While most people don't wash their towels daily, it's a nice touch for a guest.
If you have any books about your area, leave them out. Many people like to read about where they're visiting, to get an idea of what it's like. Leave a few casual reading books too, in case they can't fall asleep. You can get these from the local library for free, if you don't own any that you feel would be appropriate.
Leaving writing paper, a pen and envelopes is nice as well. Maybe your guest would like to send a note home to a family or friend! Providing a few stamps - or offering to drop the finished letters off at the local post office - would be a nice touch.
While you want the room to be as clean as possible, be cautious about incense or candles. While you might think it's great for the room to smell "fresh", your guest could easily be allergic! It's far better to err on the side of freshness over scent here.
Really, the most important thing is to have your guest feel truly welcome. If you offer a friendly smile and a helpful attitude, your guest is sure to appreciate it.
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