Thanks to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this post.
When Kirkland’s contacted me about sharing how to resolve to organize in the New Year, I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to organize my guest bathroom and share with you how to make a bathroom more inviting for guests. Psst…Kirkland’s is giving away a $100 gift card to one of you! See details at the end of the post.
Ever since we moved far from our families, we have had a steady flow of visitors. We love when our family and friends visit and are thankful we were able to create a guest space for them to stay.
We added a little powder room so our guests could have their own bathroom. Sadly, the space has been left very basic for the last several years as we’ve been updating other parts of our home. Has it been functional? Yes. Welcoming? Not so much.
As you can see, the bathroom was pretty simple and not very inviting. I literally had the bare minimum in this bathroom: cleaning supplies, a trash can, extra toilet paper, and hand soap. Yikes.
Previously, I had very plain decor and not much else to make my guests feel at home.
I wanted to make it into a more welcoming space, so I started thinking about what I would like if I was a guest in someone else’s home.
6 Tips for Making a Guest Bathroom Welcoming:
1. Think about what you might need or like if you were the guest.
As soon as I saw this Powder Room sign and this shelf, I knew they would be perfect for this bathroom. Pretty things are nice, but adding decor and a place to keep necessities makes your space feel welcoming. Adding a shelf to a small room offers a place for practical storage like this cup for cotton swabs:
I also added a second mirror so guests could position the medicine cabinet mirror to see the back of their hair.
I found a cute little wire basket that fits tissues perfectly. It looks nice but is also practical.
2. Include extra toiletries in the event your guests forget something.
Your family might not mind asking for forgotten toiletries, but making them available ahead of time is a nice gesture all of your guests will appreciate.
3. Put things within reach.
Don’t store things you intend for your guests to use out of sight. If the only space is out of sight, make sure you point them out to your guests.
4. Include extra towels.
Don’t assume one towel or washcloth per person is enough. Some guests, especially those with long hair, may like an extra towel.
5. Keep it clean.
Naturally, you will clean your bathroom before your guests arrive, but putting cleaning supplies within easy reach makes it nice if guests spill something or just need a little quick clean.
6. Add special touches.
Candles and gently-scented sachets add a nice touch that help make the space feel pleasant.
Products in this post:
- Boxwood “Home”
- White Mirror
- Powder Room Sign
- Bless Your Heart Sign
- Towel Basket (similar here)
- Sachet in Toiletries Basket
- White Toilet Paper Bin (similar here)
- Cotton Ball & Soap Dish
- Soap Dispenser (similar here)
- Toothbrush Holder (similar here)
- Cup/Cotton Swab Holder
How will you resolve to organize this year?
Check out the other bloggers who are resolving to organize as well!
- Monday, Jan. 9: Organizing Homelife (you’re here!)
- Tuesday, Jan. 10: The Turquoise Home
- Wednesday, Jan. 11: Cherished Bliss
- Thursday, Jan. 12: The Creativity Exchange
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If you’re anything like me, you probably love checklists! So I thought it would be helpful to list the items I included to organize the guest bathroom.
- Bar Soap
- Hand Soap
- Cotton Balls
- Cotton Swabs
- Extra Toilet Paper
- One Towel per Guest Plus Extra Towels
- Extra Toothbrush
- Toothbrush Holder on Sink
- Face Wash
- Nail File / Clippers
- Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen
- Cleaning Supplies
Disclaimer: Kirkland’s sponsored this post and provided a gift card for me to purchase products to review. I was not influenced in any way to provide a positive review. All opinions are 100% my own. I only recommend products to my readers that I use in my own home. See my full disclosure policy here.
Your bathroom is beautiful! One thing I would add is a dispenser/holder with small paper or plastic cups for brushing teeth, taking medicine, or getting a drink of water if needed.
Great tip, Vicki! 🙂
I love the special touches and supplies you’ve added for your guests.
Taylor Closet says
I really like the white floral canvas, I just love art.
Deb L. says
Love your ideas! I can’t for the life of me find the “Cup/Cotton Swab Holder,” though – most of the links above go to the main store page (not the item page)…I searched the page, but couldn’t find that or a few of the other items.
Anyway, very inspirational!! Thanks for sharing.
I think the cup was part of a set on clearance. Do you have a store nearby? I noticed some of the items were out of stock online, but available in the store.
I love the Metal Industrial Fan Pendant Light at Kirkland’s.
Oh my gosh, I love Kirklands, and I loved this post. I’m actually going there today, no kidding! I love how you used the baskets for storage. That’s what I’m going to look for today. I just redecorated our guest bathroom and bought my mirror and a picture there, so now I’ve got some ideas for finishing it up.
Thank you for the great ideas!
Oooh, you have a fun day planned! I’m glad to have given you a few ideas. Enjoy your shopping. 🙂
Melissa Storms says
I love the Blue Parisa 2-pc. Washable Runner and would love to have it for my entry hallway.
Oh how I love kirklands! It would be a big help to our downstairs bathroom! Imagine…. sponge painted wallpaper, high ceilings, and nowhere to add decor!!!
Maybe you can try a shelf for some decor, Tif. This bathroom is very small and I love how much the shelf and powder room sign changed the whole look of the bathroom plus added extra space to hold things.
Kim Lord says
I love seeing before and after pictures! You have done some great updates to your bathroom and I like that you show where you got your products! They are perfect and make me want to update mine now!
Thank you, Kim! You are so sweet. 🙂
I love their Bird Cage planters. I saw a pin on pinterest where they had ivy growing in a hanging bird cage and it looked so pretty, I didn’t know where to find a bird cage to try to replicate the planter.
Shari Carter says
You wouldn’t think about a small bathroom needing to be organized, but you did a great job! The small touches made a big difference. Thanks for your inspiration!
Lanita Anderson says
Love all of your great ideas for organization in the bathroom….love the accessories you selected, too! 🙂
Rebecca Layfield says
Love all your ideas!
Susie Lang says
I love the white shelf and everything on it!
Kristine Sommers says
Wow! What a difference your special touches made. It all looks beautiful!
Fantastic ides, thank you!
Choice Furniture Superstore says
I really liked these ideas to organize guest bathroom. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.