I think we finally have life under control again over here. Over Thanksgiving we had sweet friends come up for the weekend, and some little stomach virus decided to come along with them. I have never been more grateful for two bathrooms (or two beds when Ben came down with it a few days later). Our one goal was that Lincoln wouldn’t get it and a week after the last of it, I think we’re out of the woods. Since then we’ve gone ahead and done a little bathroom deep cleaning and stocked up on a few essentials so that we don’t run out of necessities if something hits again.
I picked up this cute basket and added a little monogram for the guest bath and while I have plans to stock it full of things for house guests, for now its only holding plenty of toilet paper (just high enough that Lincoln can’t reach them ;). The worst was sometime in the thick of it, running out of toilet paper with guests in the house and everyone not feeling so well. Never again.
After our week from, well, a not so nice place, I’ve put together a short checklist for next time we have overnight visitors:
- Shampoo + Conditioner + Shower wash (I’m good at remembering to have a shampoo and conditioner set out but I’m always forgetting the body wash). I also picked up a few lufas for $1 and will sometimes set those out (although usually for longer visits and accompanied with an explanation that they’re new ;).
- Clean linens. I read a suggestion of having a different color bath linen for each guest and loved the idea. Although when I tried it a few weeks ago with my cousin, he still ended up using Lincoln’s dirty towel instead of the clean one I had hanging for him :D.
- Have a nightlight in the hall or kitchen. At home my parents have nightlights installed to light the hallways and stairs and it makes it so nice not to have to turn on lights when making your way to the kitchen in the middle of the night (so glad those middle of the night pumping days are over). Right now we have Christmas lights that I leave on but having there be an easy way for guests to find the bathroom is great (especially when they’re sick).
- Place a clean cup on the nightstand or sink.
- Clean the bathroom. CLEAN THE BATHROOM. It wasn’t that messy before our Thanksgiving guests arrived but I’m sure glad Ben did some thorough cleaning because there is nothing more gross than getting up close and personal with someone’s dirty toilet (first trimester with Lincoln was THE WORST for that).
- Keep an extra roll of toilet paper or two visible so they don’t have to go hunting. Double points if you’re using Cottonelle’s Mega Rolls which has 4 rolls in 1! Although if the guests have babies, keep them a bit higher because it turns out these are Lincoln’s new favorite toy 🙂