With the festive season upon us, the scramble to prepare for December merriness has begun, and we’re already in the shops stocking up on chocolates and crackers. Shopping isn’t the only thing on the agenda though. For some of us, it’s also time to get ready for the  arrival of family, friends and distant relatives – and that annual game of Charades.

Preparing for guests can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting your guest bedroom ready nice and early should make the arrival of the family a little more relaxing. Here are just a few tips to get you started.

Prepare to prepare

Start preparing a guest bedroom by giving the room a thorough vacuum and clean. Some of us will have a guest bedroom that is only used once or twice a year, and it can get dusty quickly when there’s no one entering the room regularly. A good spruce up with the vacuum, along with a dust and polish of surfaces, will also make the room feel easier to prepare. Keeping the window open while cleaning should help rid the room of any floating dust.

A pain in the neck

Having a comfortable guest bed is one of the most important parts of creating the perfect space for visitors. Try out your guest bed yourself for a night or two – make sure it’s comfortable, fresh and doesn’t cause any back or neck pain. You wouldn’t want to sleep in an uncomfortable bed, so don’t expect your guests to! If you find yourself in need of a new bed, why not consider a guest bed that doubles up as sofas, giving yourself an extra living room for the rest of the year.

It’s a nice day for white bedding

A comfy new bed can only be made better by some soft, fresh sheets. Treat your guests to a clean set of crisp sheets and they’ll never want to leave (we’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or not!). White sheets are considered best for guests as they’re simple and have that fresh, clean feel about them. If you’ve already got some nice white guest sheets, use a special fabric softener that smells different to your normal softeners, wash sheets on a warm wash and tumble dry on a low heat. Your sheets will smell noticeably fresh and feel super soft.

Deck the halls

It goes without saying that your guest bedroom should have a seasonal feel during the festive period. We’re not saying get your guests their own tree, a chimney for Santa and flashing lights – but there are some small additions that will make the room feel festive. For example, festive reed diffusers, candles and Christmas cards are small, simple touches that can make a room feel more comfortable and seasonal without cluttering the space. When preparing your guest bedroom for other times of the year, seasonally scented candles or reed diffusers and some simple, colourful artwork tend to work well. Our blog on how a better bedroom can improve your sleep should hopefully provide you with some additional tips.

Hopefully you’re now prepared for any and every guest that knocks on the door, at any time of year!