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Is Your Home Ready For Holiday Guests?

It’s just short of a bed and breakfast: Find out how to go the extra mile and get your home ready for holiday guests.

Allow me to paint a scenario in your mind. You just learned the holidays will be celebrated at your house this year, and to add a cherry on top… The in-laws will be crashing at your place. Cue the menacing music!

Fear not! The Clayton Built® team has you covered. Whether they will be staying in your storage/guest room, or you have to clear the clutter out of one of your kiddo’s rooms, we’ll discuss what you need to get your home ready for even the most critical of guests.

The Focus Point – Guest Bedroom


When you have guests staying for multiple days, you have to prepare for more than just a place to sleep. You want your guests to feel warm and welcome in your beautiful home, and you can do that by providing them with commonly forgotten items.

We’ve all been there… You go to unpack your suitcase and realize you forgot to grab your phone charger, deodorant or some other key item. Let’s sympathize with our traveling loved ones by filling a basket with things they may have forgotten. Some of these items may include:

  • Phone charger
  • Water bottles
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Tissues
  • Lotion
  • Extra blankets

And if you’re feeling extra fancy, try adding cute décor pieces like flowers, a candle, reading material or a luggage rack!

The Relaxation Station - Guest Bathroom

Manufactured home primary bathroom with a large soaker tub and walk-in shower.

When you’re in the bathroom, the last thing you want to do is have to ask your hosts where to find certain items. So, let’s make it easier on our guests! Make sure to leave out extra bath towels and washcloths in an obvious area like the bathtub or sink to ease your guests’ stay. Some other things to keep in stock for your guests include:

  • Shampoo
  • Bodywash
  • Toothbrush
  • Razors
  • Makeup remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Extra toilet paper

Now, while these items are nice to have in your bathroom, there are also some must haves. Keeping your typical bathroom items such as a plunger, empty trash can and room spray is also essential for helping your guests feel comfortable and at home.

The Heart of the Home - The Kitchen

Guests in a manufactured home kitchen drinking out of glasses.

This is where you get to add the “breakfast” to your bed and breakfast. We all know that a hungry guest is never a happy guest, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank restocking your cabinets in preparation for company.

If you’re having guests over for a big holiday meal, chances are those costs will add up. Make sure you plan ahead and map out easy and cheap meals you can throw together. Having something your guests can snack on is also a great way to keep a happy household. Consider a potluck or simple fruit tray to take any unnecessary stress off you.

At the end of the day, a home is where we all gather to create unforgettable memories. No matter what about your home inspires you, the Clayton Built® team wants to be a part of it. Are you ready to get inspired?

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