Put Your Feet Up

October 14, 2015


DSC01639Hosting company. Do those two words set the excited butterflies fluttering in your heart, or do they strike fear and stress in your soul?

For me (thankfully), it’s usually the former; since most of our family and friends live here in Spokane, we just don’t get company all that often. This makes the few times a year when people stay at our house pretty special and, moreover, a fun reason to spruce up our house, clean the guest room and bathroom, and try to make our guests comfortable. However, as someone who comes from an extended family that’s scattered all over, I know that sometimes hosting can be pretty stressful, even when the guests are your very favorite people! The house gets full, people are sleeping on every single surface of your house, things get progressively louder and crazier…and all the while the host is trying to do his/her best to keep everyone super-comfortable.


How can we make this happy time together…well…happy?

Here are some fun ideas!

1. Crafty Tip: Add a welcoming touch to the guest room

I love, love, love the chalkboard I recently did for the guest room at Cindy and Craig’s house. Cindy and Craig are longtime family friends who often host their family, especially their adult children (and now grandchildren!) when they come home to visit. They wanted something to make everyone feel extra-welcome in their home. Enter the chalkboard! This adorable little board hangs above the guest bed, and Cindy wanted to spruce it up a bit. 

I was inspired by this adorable wall mural I saw on All Things Thrifty:

put your feet up

I modified it a bit to fit the chalkboard, and…voila! Prop my feet up and relax? Well, but of course.

DSC01636DSC01648 2. Organizational Tip: Create a toiletry basket

Forgetting a necessary toiletry is easily the worst part of going on vacation. However, if I’m at a hotel, I just call the front desk, and they can usually send up an extra. Staying at someone’s house makes this a bit more awkward — Do you have an extra toothbrush? No? Oh, okay…I’ll just deal with garlic breath for the next 12 hours until I can go to the store. Seriously. Awkward. For. Everyone.

When we cleaned out our bathroom closet over the summer, I couldn’t believe how many extra toiletries we had on hand! This inspired my toiletry basket. I tried to think of every item a guest may potentially need, picked 1-2 of each one, stuck it in a basket, and put it in our guest bathroom closet. Whenever people stay the night, we just pull out the basekt and set it on the counter. Most of the stuff rarely gets used, so upkeep is minimal, but it’s comforting for guests to know it’s there if they need it. The best part? Most of it doesn’t cost a dime because we just stockpile extras from hotel rooms. In addition to bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, these additional items we set out include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner 
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Face wash
  • Make-up remover
  • Face moisturizer
  • Disposable razors (men’s and women’s)
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Contact case & cleaning solution
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Nail clippers
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Wrinkle release spray

DSC01702 3. Crafty and Organizational Tip (wow!): Wi-Fi Frame

Your guests finally turn in for the night and go to check their smart phones…and realize they don’t know the wi-fi password. You’re in your room snoozing away, and this seemingly trivial question, though it’s burning on their minds (What’s in my Instagram feed, gosh dang it?!) just doesn’t seem like a justifiable cause to wake the host.

While that’s all well, good, polite and everything, it’s an easy situation to avoid.

Inspired by this pin, I recently created this little printable to display in a frame on the nightstand in our guest room! Feel free to download and print it for yourself, or create your own to match your guest room decor.


Word Doc: Wifi Printable Blank 

PDF Doc: Wifi Printable Blank 

Finally, I would love to have you put your feet up on my website and stay awhile! If you haven’t already, check out the subscribe link on the right sidebar of this page. If you enter your e-mail address and click subscribe, you will get an e-mail every time there’s a new post on this page so you never miss out on fun tips like these ones. 🙂


Those are all the ideas I have to offer for now, but I would love to hear your tips and tricks too! What special touches do you use to make your guests extra-comfortable? Is there anything you would suggest adding to the toiletry basket? Add your ideas in the comments below!


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  • Marcie

    I love seeing the email pop up in my inbox notifying me of a new post. You are so crafty and inspiring!

    October 14, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply
    • Carolyn

      Awww, thank you, Marcie! That is so sweet!

      October 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm Reply

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