Getting ready for guests can be stressful, even when they are welcome so here is your list for getting your home ready, even if you don’t have a spare guest room. For a room that is not used much, dust seems to collect, so give it a thorough vacuum along baseboards and under the bed, using any upholstery tools for the curtains and lampshades. Finish off with a swiffer mop (you will be amazed at the extra dust you will find). Leave some space in the closet or if they are sleeping on the sofa bed add an over the door hook with some hangers. Check all lamps and replace any bulbs as well as attending to any repairs that need to be done. Make up the bed with fresh linen, an extra blanket in cold weather and leave towels in the room so it will be obvious which ones are theirs. When travelling, I bring all my unused extra mini toiletries home to save for when guests visit. Place an assortment in a basket or tray with a bottle of water, a box of tissues, a night-light and a magazine to make them feel comfortable. Leave a power outlet free so they can charge a phone or computer. To keep rooms from becoming stale, in the summer I like to leave a vase of mint, rosemary or sage from my garden to freshen the room and in the winter I use a diffuser. If there is no extra bed or sofa, an inflatable mattress will be comfortable for a short stay and can be stored when not in use. If you have a pull out sofa bed check the comfort level, a memory foam mattress topper may be needed to add some luxury. All the other items can be placed in a basket and given to the guest(s) to use for their visit. Once done you can try out to see if anything needs to be tweaked. Enjoy your visitors.