Playing Hostess With The Mostest: The Well-Stocked Bath

Recently, my mother stayed with us in our tiny little apartment for two weeks. We did some shopping, took in a few museums, and walked and walked and walked and walked, all over the island of Manhattan.

Though it is sometimes a bit of a juggle to have house guests in under 300-square-feet (where do you even begin to put the luggage?), and though my mom slept on the couch and has been to visit us many, many times, that doesn’t mean a little bit of care and consideration isn’t due, and it doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun with it, after all.

Here are my favorite tips for a well-stocked bath when guests come to call, after the jump.

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  • Freshly cleaned rugs and linens 1 of 7
    Freshly cleaned rugs and linens
    It's amazing how transformative a good, clean bath mat can be, isn't it?
  • Fresh flowers 2 of 7
    Fresh flowers
    It seems rather luxurious to have something as delicate as flowers in such a place as a bathroom, but that is just what I love about it. Pick a single bloom or bunch a humble clump of blossoms in a casual vase, and your guests will feel right special, as they should.
  • Dedicate a towel in their honor 3 of 7
    Dedicate a towel in their honor
    I love the idea of color-coding your towels anyway, don't you?
  • Extra, stacked towels 4 of 7
    Extra, stacked towels
    Don't be stingy with the towels! The worst feeling ever is when you've just finished a shower in an unfamiliar bathroom and suddenly you are unsure of where the towels are and whether they are currently "claimed" by permanent householders. Keep a good stack of fluffly towels somewhere obvious (possibly even in the guest room?) and mitigate this pending disaster!
  • Personal shower kit 5 of 7
    Personal shower kit
    One of my favorite things to do is prepare a basket of shower essentials. I like to include travel-sized shampoo and conditioner, a razor, a fresh bar of soap, a loofah or bath sponge, and leave it on the guest bed.
  • Spare TP in easy to reach places, and make it soft! 6 of 7
    Spare TP in easy to reach places, and make it soft!
    Pretty self explanatory. Nobody needs to wonder where the TP is in a moment of crucial need.
  • Extra blowdryer, and other necessities 7 of 7
    Extra blowdryer, and other necessities
    I almost never remember to pack a blow dryer when I travel, it is like some weird kind of brain block. Other commonly forgotten necessities? Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant. Keep a couple spares in an easy-to-reach location and you'll win for Best Hostess Ever, no contest.

What do you like to do to prepare your bathroom for guests?

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