If you live in a country where there are many residents but with very little space, having a spare room is a luxury. However, if you are fortunate to own a spare room, you often don’t realize the amazing gift that you have. Many people end up using the spare room as a junk or lumber room, and it is a real waste.
Let’s look at some ideas to make the most of your spare room.
First of all, you should ask yourself what you want to use your spare room for. One of the main problems with spare rooms is that they often serve a dual function – as a storage room on the one hand and a guest bedroom on the other. What usually ends up happening is that the guest feels as if he is in a lumber room and is not comfortable, and there is not enough room for the items you are storing in there because you need space for the spare bed.
Once you have decided that your spare room is your store room, forget about using it as a bedroom. Instead, arrange all the items you wish to store in there very neatly, doing the best you can to maximize the space at your disposal. Are there cupboards in there that you could make good use of? If not, then at least stack the items you are storing there neatly and in an accessible manner so that you can reach them easily whenever you need to.
If your spare room is going to be a bedroom, you may not put your best furniture in there, but you should still try to make it as comfortable as possible for your guest. This means making the best of what there is. For example, make sure that the bedding is always fresh and clean and that the room has been aired out for at least the morning before your guest arrives. Take a look at the curtains. Do they look clean, or are they dusty? Sweep well under the beds. Though most guests don’t check under the beds, it can still be very off-putting when you are staying in someone else’s home to find papers, dirty laundry, and orange peels swept under the bed that you are sleeping in.
Another thing to remember is that even though you may assume that your guests are not nosy, never leave anything lying around that you don’t want them to see, such as your private papers or bills.
Add some little extras to make the room feel more homely, such as a nice area rug. Maybe you could put in a pretty oval rug or a floral rug just to add a bit of color. A vase of flowers never comes amiss to make the room look alive and beautiful. And one of the nicest things you could do is prepare a small package, similar to what they have in some hotels, with a small bar of soap, a pretty handkerchief and a piece of chocolate, with a handwritten note welcoming your guest.
Your spare room may not look like the Ritz, but once you have given it the status of a guest room, you can certainly make your guests feel at home.