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The holidays are coming and, for many, that means entertaining friends and family. We started a new tradition last year of having family over on Christmas Eve so, being the Type A person that I am, I’ve already started planning for it. I generally have always decorated my home for Christmas before the holiday chaos begins anyways, but I’ve also started planning the menu we will have and deep cleaning our home. I also like to get ready for any overnight guests I may have, like my younger siblings who need a place to stay when they come to town.
One room on the list to tackle is the guest bathroom. Since we live in a small home, we only have two bathrooms and our “guest” bathroom is also the bathroom that everyone in our home uses. Living with three males I’m sure you can imagine the mess I have to deal with in there. Generally Sinisa cleans the bathroom but when we are going to have guests over I like to clean it so I know everything is completely clean.
When getting the bathroom ready for guests I have a three step process. The first thing I have to do is clear the clutter. Even though the bathroom has plenty of storage, there always seem to be things left on the counter that don’t belong there.
Once the bathroom is picked up it’s time for some deep cleaning. I take down the shower curtain and put that, along with the bath rugs, in the washer. I then clean the sink and counter and shine the faucet. I scrub the tub, wipe down the walls and mirror and then move on to my least favorite part of cleaning the bathroom- the toilet.
After I clean the outside of the toilet I have to tackle the inside of it. Thankfully I’ve discovered the perfect tool for the job. The new Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber is uniquely designed to reach messes under the rim that competing products miss. It also has a built-in bleach alternative cleaner with pumice that scrubs away rust & hard water stains. When I’m done cleaning the toilet I simply press the button on the handle to dispose of the scrubber and then set the handle into the holder until the next time I need it.
Once my toilet bowl is sparkly clean, I sweep and mop the floor, take out the trash, wipe down the trash can, hang the shower curtain up, put the rugs back on the floor, fill the soap dispenser and stock the toilet paper. I also make sure I have clean towels ready for our guests.
It’s then time for the fun part- decorating! Our guest bathroom has red walls so the room is already festive to begin with. I chose to add some cream, green and gold accents to the room.
I wanted to do something special for overnight guests and set out some toiletries for them in case they’d forgotten anything they needed. I had a glass hurricane to use for this project but you can use a large jar or any glass canister you have. The only other thing you’ll need to make the container is letter stickers. I used some gold ones since they would coordinate with my holiday decor but also look nice in the bathroom throughout the year.
I used the letter stickers to spell out “be our guest” on the glass. (To make sure the letters were being put on the glass in a straight line, I used a piece of paper edge to make myself a line to follow.) I then filled the glass hurricane with travel sized toiletries I had collected while traveling including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap. I travel often so I have tons of hotel toiletries but you could also buy travel sized toiletries at Target to fill your container.
Speaking of Target, that’s where I bought the Scotch-Brite Disposable Toilet Scrubber and Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber Refills (along with a number of holiday decorations and some cute holiday pjs!). I found them in the cleaning aisle with the toilet brushes, in between the trash cans and the sponges. Right now there are some great deals on these products at Target. Look for a “Try Me Now!” Instant Redeemable Coupon on each product to save $2. There is also a Cartwheel offer to save 15% off these new products (11/6-11/12).
Now I’m ready for the holidays and for my guests! Want to see how other bloggers are getting ready for the holidays? Check out their posts here. How do you prepare your home for holiday visitors?
19 thoughts on “How To Get Your Bathroom Ready For Holiday Guests”
These are great tips and a great printable to help make sure that the bathroom is nice. I love it!
Our holiday guest start coming at the beginning of December so I need to get going on this. My bathroom could use a really good scrubbing and I like the idea of the scrubbers that you have there.
I need to get one of these!! Putting it on my list for the next time I am in Target! Just added it to my cartwheel!
I’ve never decorated my bathroom for the holidays but I’ve always wanted to. That toilet scrubber looks way better than the one I use! Great tips!
What a great way to make guests feel welcome! I am always trying to think of ways to elevate the guest bedroom/bathroom. Love your idea!
That jar is adorable! The perfect way to welcome guests. I love the print out too. It’ handy for this time of year!
Those toilet brushes are EVERYTHING! I’ve been looking for new ones that will get under the rim of the bowl and will definitely be stocking up thanks to your coupon and cartwheel offer! Thanks for sharing!
Having the container filled with travel-sized toiletry items is a great idea. I hate cleaning the toilet but that brush would make it so much easier.
Getting everything ready for holiday guests can definitely be a trying task. We always make sure that the bathroom looks it’s best though!
I think these are some great tips. There is nothing worse than a dirty bathroom!
This looks like a great way to give your bathroom a touch of the holidays. Perfect for when guests are over.
I like your check list. I find that check lists work great for my middle school kids. They actually enjoy cleaning the bathroom, so that’s easy for me:)
These are great tips and a great printable to help make sure that the bathroom is beautiful! I love it!
I liked your bathroom cleaning checklist. I am printing it out and hanging it up in the bathroom to help my children at chore time.
Your bathroom looks so lovely, Alicia! Love all the gorgeous and thoughtful touches you added. #client
Ah we JUST bought new toilet cleaners. I will try this next time. I love disposable things lol btw what a super cute decore!
I love it! So simple and understated, yet crisp, clean, uncluttered and elegant. I need to get my bathroom uncluttered.
Those Scotch scrubbers are the best! They are so convenient!
Oh how cute is that container with toiletries! Guests will love that for sure. :)