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Memorial Day is around the corner the official start to summer and it can be a hectic time of year. Summer time means kids home from school, vacations, barbecues and visitors. The guest room’s peak season is around the holidays and in the summer, be it because you are having visitors or someone is housesitting for you while you take that vacation to the theme park you have always wanted to visit. We are all looking for ways to simplify life, especially during the busy seasons. It’s summer time and don’t you want to spend more time out in the sun than home with chores? A great way to keep summer visitors comfortable and self sufficient is by setting up the guest room with a few well placed and easy to find essentials.
I wanted to keep guest essentials organized in a practical, yet stylish way and JCPenney had everything I was looking for and at the right price. The prices will be even sweeter during the Memorial Day Sale and sweeter still if you’re the lucky winner of a $100 gift card! Keep reading to learn more! My supply list:
- Michael Graves Design pop-up hamper
- Michael Graves Design medium storage bin
- Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Star Storage Box
- Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Chloe Studded Tray Small (the Jonathan Adler Catherine Round Studded Tray is an alternative option)
- 5 X 7 picture frame
Frame an information card that lists important items such as the wifi password, contact info, the nearest coffee shop and the nearest shopping center and movie theater. Provide a tray stocked with some essentials like a note pad, extra key, universal charger, earbuds (cleaned of course), a small manicure kit and some gum for fresh breath.
It’s also handy to have a luggage rack or bench at the foot of the bed for guests to place their suitcase. Fill a basket with fresh towels and maybe a treat, everyone enjoys finding a surprise treat. It’s also handy to provide your guest with a hamper for dirty clothes and make sure they know they are welcome to launder their clothes before they head back home.
On the nightstand you could provide facial tissues, a lamp, alarm clock and a tray to hold small items like jewelry or change.
Finally my favorite find was this acrylic box from the Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler collection. It’s a simple and stylish box that hides a plethora of must have essentials.
Hiding away in this stylish box is everything a guest may need such as hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, cotton balls, cotton swabs and band aids. This way your guest can find what they need instead of digging through your bathroom cabinets. The dimensions are perfect for our guest bathroom. It’s a small bathroom and this box fits perfectly on top of the toilet tank and stays in place with rubber feet.
Organizing your guest room with key supplies is part making your guest feel at home and part keeping the summer craziness at bay. Once your guest leaves, give the room a quick look through, restock, change the sheets and the room is ready for the next guest.
To help you get ready for your guests I’ve provided four versions of my “information center” check list and a chance to win a $100 JCPenney gift card. Tell me your favorite summer #LifeHack in the comments for a chance to win a $100 JCPenney gift card!
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