As is typical of turn of the century row-houses, ours has only one full bath. Dan and I knew how terribly inconvenient it would be to renovate our only shower once we lived there, so we opted to tackle it while we still had our old apartment. When we got our house keys, we had just two weeks left in the apartment. We wasted no time. The night we closed, we were chipping up old tile and ripping out an old jetted tub.
Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of our move, and the bathroom is still a work in progress. I wanted to share some progress shots with this post and I can’t wait to show you/have the finished product! All that’s left to do is install the shower glass, new shower-head and handles, and then put the final touches on the wainscoting.
When hosting, I like to make our half-finished bath as welcoming as possible. Whether you share your main bath with overnight guests, your kid’s bathroom doubles as a guest bath, or even if you have a dedicated guest bath, these five simple things will make your guests feel welcome and comfortable.
- Replace your sink top toothbrushes with a small vase of fresh flowers. Swapping these two is my favorite way to turn my bathroom from every day into “welcoming.” You never want a guest to feel like they are encroaching on your personal space, and tucking away personal items (like toothbrushes) can help prevent that.
- Fold your toilet paper into a little triangle. This is such a silly small thing but it makes such a nice statement. When ever I see this in someone else’s home or in a hotel it tells me that this bathroom has just been cleaned and intentionally prepared for me.
- Swap out your used bar of soap for a fresh one. Trading your old shower soap bar for a fresh one is such a easy thing to do and is sure to be noticed and appreciated by your guests. I am certainly not encouraging waste! If your old soap bar still has plenty of life left in it, put it in a zip lock bag and use it when this new bar runs out!
- Make potentially forgotten toiletries readily available. Because who wants to ask to borrow a razor or a toothbrush? Putting a small basket of toiletries somewhere your guest is sure to see them is such a subtle kindness that everyone will appreciate!
- Big fluffy towels. This one is probably the most obvious and likely the thing most appreciated by your guests . Having nice bath towels, especially for your guests, is one of the staples of a good host/hostess. A great tip is to have your guest towels in a different color than your normal bath-towels. Keeping them out of rotation will ensure clean ones for guests and allow you to readily identify their towel if they unknowingly hang it on a hook you normally occupy.
What do you all do to ready your bathroom for guests? I would love to add to my list!
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