Do you have guests that will be spending a night or two at your house? Or does your son or daughter frequently have friends over? If so, then it can be uncomfortable having guests sleeping on the living room couch or in your family den. If you have a spare room used for storage, a workout room, or extra office, then consider taking a few steps to arrange the room so that it will be available for guests.
Clear out the clutter
If you use the room as a storage space, then it may be time to clear out the clutter - especially if you haven't done so in a while. Do some items belong in other places like the garage or storage shed? Are you hanging onto junk, like broken furniture, that should be tossed out and not just kept because you have the space? Can some items even be donated?
Many thrift and goodwill stores have trucks and vans that will gladly come out to your home to pick up larger donations, for free! Call you local thrift store to see if they have a pick-up service. If you spare room is a home gym, then consider moving some equipment so there is more living space and possibly relocating some equipment that you may not be using anymore.
Dust, wipe down, and vacuum
Once all the clutter is disposed of or moved to its rightful locations, then open your windows to air the room out. Now is the time to get to down to the nitty gritty and scrub down the room. Dust, wipe down any grimy surfaces, and give the room a run with your vacuum. This can do wonders to make over a room that isn't used very often. If your room is a home gym or an office, then this is a great time to wipe down your equipment or work space.
Outfit the Space with a Bed
Now that the room is somewhat cleared out and cleaned. Consider what types of sleeping arrangement you can create for your guests. Do you have an extra futon in the family den that can be moved into the spare room? Should you consider investing in a blow-up mattress so that you can easily set up and take down a guest room? If the room is being permanently converted into a guest room, then should you invest in a mattress, headboard, and other furniture?
Make it Cozy
Now that you have sleeping arrangements decided for the room, consider how you can make the room cozier for your guests so that they feel welcome. A clean set of sheets is a must for any guest sleeping over. Do you need to get more pillows? Should you clear out some closet or drawer space for long term guests? Do you need to invest in some curtains or blinds for the windows? Are there extra linens nearby for guests so that they don't have to go hunting for towels and wash clothes?
Preparing a spare room for guests, either temporarily or permanently, is a great way to de-clutter and clean up that extra space. You may find that you enjoy having a designated guest room. Or you may learn how to convert your gym or spare office into a guest room with minimal effort in the future. All in all, your house guests will appreciate the extra effort and privacy of their own space in your home.
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