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1 Good storage is essential in a dualpurpose room. Pack away items from your home office in a lidded trunk that can then double as a bedside table when the room is being used to sleep in.
2 If possible, clear a bit of space in the wardrobe and leave a few empty hangers to make it easy for guests to hang up their clothes and keep the area neat and tidy. An empty drawer would be handy too.
3 Leave your home’s Wifi password out on a card so everyone can easily get connected without having to bother you when they arrive. This is especially important if you live in a phone signal dead zone.
4 Keep any of the lovely mini bottles of shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser you pick up at hotels or as samples, and leave them out on a little tray with a note saying ‘help yourself’.
5 If your home is on the chilly side, as well as making extra blankets available, leave out a couple of pairs of slipper socks to keep toes toasty. Totes has some fun festive designs from £7.
Add a touch of hotel chic and leave this unisex white hooded dressing gown, £75 from The White Company, in a guest’s room
Once guests have left, the Foppapedretti clothes rail, £119.99, Lakeland, can be folded up and stored away in a cupboard
Treat guests to a set of stylish new bedlinen – this Grey Seersucker Stripe is £28 for asuperking duvet cover, George Home
Turn a console or desk into a dressing table with the addition of the Sainsbury’s Homewooden mirror with tray (H30cm), £15
Suitcases are easier to access when they’re placed on this smart beech folding Weekendluggage rack, £48, Garden Trading
Ensure guests can keep warm by leaving a couple of throws at the end of the bed. Houghton Spice blanket, from £75, Christy
Utaker beds, £150 each from Ikea, stack up and can be used as a daybed when you’re not putting up friends and family
Giving guests towels with a bold pattern will stop them getting muddled with the family’s.Lintu towels, from £8, Scion at Bedeck
A perfect bedside companion, the Siesta Charge DAB alarm clock radio, £129.99, Pure, is also a wireless smartphone charger