Prepare Your Home for House Guests

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“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by General Mills through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, all opinions are my own.”

November is finally here and that means the holiday season is upon us! We all know with the holidays comes overnight houseguests. It may seem a bit overwhelming to get your home ready but don’t stress! It’s easy to make your guests feel welcomed and relaxed. There are four zones to focus on when preparing your home for house guests: the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom and of course, the bedroom. Here’s my tips for each zone!

How to prepare your home for overnight house guests

Zone 1: The Living Room

First thing’s first: declutter. My living room can get slammed with baby toys.  After a quick clean up the area feels more spacious and I instantly have more room for my guests. I also like to have some magazines, books and other entertainment easily available during down times. I don’t want my guests getting bored! 😉

Zone 2: The Kitchen

I make a point to ask my guests if they have any special dietary needs. I stock up on snacks and coffee and tea and keep these items available so my guests can help themselves at any time. 🙂 I also plan my meals in advance. I like to surprise my guests with a special indulgent breakfast. A treat like Pillsbury™ Grand! Cinnamon Rolls is perfect for greeting guests first thing in the morning. I can easily pop them in the oven and in minutes the whole house smells like a cinnamon wonderland. It’s a fun treat for the whole family!

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls Collage

Zone 3: The Bathroom

I don’t want to be bothering my guests in the bathroom, so I remove all my personal items before they arrive. I always make sure this area is super clean and stocked with extra towels and toilet paper that’s easy to find. A set of toiletry items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and soap are also nice extras for my guests in case they left something behind.

Zone 4: The Bedroom

I don’t ever want my guests to get cold or uncomfortable. I leave out extra blankets and pillows (a combination of down and down alternative). A lamp next to the bed is great so my guests can see in the middle of the night if needed. Speaking of the nightstand, I like to place it near an outlet if possible and leave space for phones to be charged. Placing a sign in the bedroom with a guest password for your WiFi is always nice too. Then my guests can easily log onto the Internet without feeling like a bother.

Do you have any other tips for preparing your home for guests? I’d love to read them!



  1. mmm…love cinnamon rolls. When I have houseguests, I like to stock bottled water so their digestive tracts don’t play tricks on them, and I also like to provide a trinket tray so guests can keep watches, rings, or keys in a single location.

  2. A goodie basket with nuts, biscuits and fruit go down well with my guests who’ve travelled far and have jetlag with nighttime munchies.

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