Admit it: you use your guest room as a dumping ground. It’s only natural – we come home at the end of a busy day and need some place to park our work bags, shopping, and things cleared out from other rooms… just until we have time to go back and put things away. Amazingly, that time never materializes and the piles keep growing, the floor disappears, and we close the door and pray that nobody sees what’s in there.
The ideal scenario is that your guest room is at the ready, to cheerfully welcome your family and friends who stay for a few days here and there. We don’t all have the space, however, for an entire room to be unoccupied for the other 355 days of the year. The trick is to be able to quickly turn that room into a treat for guests AND make it functional in the meantime by giving it a secondary function.
Now that the holidays are almost upon us, this is the perfect time to break out the broomstick and bring order to your guest room. Here are some tips:
- Decide what the secondary function of the room will be – your dressing room? home office? off-season clothing storage? – then organize the contents (and removal of items that don’t fit either that category or the category of guest room) accordingly.
- Set aside a few hours and make a start – it doesn’t matter where, just start. Have boxes and bags ready for sorting: garbage, recycle, donate, goes somewhere else.
- When you’re about 75% finished, enter the room and look at it through your guests’ eyes – what’s inviting? what’s not?
If it feels too overwhelming to do it yourself (DIY), you may want to take advantage of this deal: From now until the end of this year, I’m offering a 20% discount on a 6-hour guest room wrangling session. To obtain the discount, the session needs to be a consecutive six hours, ie it cannot be split into two dates. Not to worry, though – I also work on the weekend :)) Six hours is usually sufficient for clearing a moderately cluttered guest room (note: a room that’s been used as a dumping ground for years is likely to take longer). Contact me if you’d like to learn how your guest room (and mental well-being!) could benefit from this offer!