I received an email from The Container Store today with a list of suggestions of how to organize my guest space to make my holiday company feel welcome and comfortable. Everyone needs tips like these over the holidays to remind us that
there are some real idiots out there there is always more we could be doing to make the holidays even more obnoxiously stressful even special-er.
#1 Identify and anticipate needs: Stay in your guest room overnight one evening to identify what’s missing. Did you find you needed an extra blanket, pillows, clock, radio, reading materials? By staying overnight in the room, you can best identify the amenities your guests will appreciate. If you have a TV set or clock radio, create a guide with popular channels and stations, as well as programming instructions for the clock.
Okay, our “guest room” is Pickles room. Pickles gets booted to the bottom bunk in Sweet Pea’s room and the guest gets Pickles bed. I am certainly not sleeping in his room, my bed is way more comfortable. And then I don’t have to listen to Pickles and Sweet Pea fighting because they are sharing the same room. If it’s good enough for Pickles, it’s good enough for my mother. At least I know she won’t mess with Pickles’ clock because I didn’t write her up directions and no one knows how to set a clock. Seriously.
#2 Pamper them: Your thoughtfulness will be remembered. Pamper house guests by placing fragrant liners in drawers and on shelving. Providing them with padded hangers and using room sprays add the finishing touch. Incorporate bottled water, fresh flowers and meaningful framed photographs for an extra-special touch.
I am wiping tears from my eyes after laughing at this one, “fragrant drawer liners”! Wra hahahahahahahah hahahaha!!!! How about I change the sheets because they smell like Doodle Dog. Oh yeah, there are Dixie cups in the bathroom and feel free to peruse the Bakugan Collector Cards album in the desk drawer or the arrangement of Webkinz hanging on the wall. Those are both meaningful and extra-special.
#3 A warm welcome: Providing a luggage rack in your guest room allows guests to unpack their belongings after they arrive. If they choose to keep items in their suitcase, a luggage rack makes the contents easier to access.
We have this one covered. Luggage rack?! That’s a warm welcome? How about I carry the suitcase upstairs for you. I can totally do that. The shorties and Doodle Dog give lots of hugs and kisses upon any guest’s arrival. They will all also invite any guest to engage in a Tinker Toy gun battle in the basement. That is way better than any stoopid luggage rack.
#4 Clear the clutter: Guest rooms can become a dumping ground for items around your house. Take some time before guests arrive to clear the clutter. Look for often-overlooked storage space under the bed and over doors. Utilize stacking boxes and bins to maximize space in the closet.
Pickles is the neatest member of this family, so it usually isn’t an issue to de-clutter his room. As long as Mamaw and Dat don’t leave the “guest room”, we are golden. Step into the rest of the house, however, and the jig is up. Clutter, clutter everywhere and not a place to sit. Clutter, clutter everywhere, how DID we get so much sh**?
#5 Make room for guests’ clothes: If you need to create a place for guests to hang their clothes, consider using a freestanding clothing rack that folds compactly when not in use for easy storage. These racks also are ideal for accommodating guests’ coats during gatherings. Consider storage space for folded garments, as well. If you don’t have a spare drawer, add a hanging organizer to a closet or garment rack.
Seriously? How long are these people staying that they need their own storage space? I suspect that after 3 or 4 days here, any guest would likely use their freestanding clothing rack to hang themselves rather than padded hangers. And their last thought would be, “It would all have been okay if there had just been some scented drawer liners“.
#6 Thoughtful touches: Don’t forget items such as a small wastebasket, facial tissue, spare bath tissue, a jewelry tray, hamper and a basket full of fine toiletries to really make your guests feel at home!
The thoughtful touches here on Cloud 8 are morning coffee while being entertained by Sweet Pea’s unmedicated ADHD stream of consciousness chatter, pho for lunch with the eager-eater Pumpkin Pie, a PB and honey with Pickles who will make you a paper airplane, or evening snuggles with all three shorties during story time. We also have wine. Lots of wine. In short, Container Store, you can go suck it! You are ridiculous, and not in a good way. I have to go now because my mother is visiting us for Christmas and I have to go buy scented drawer liners.