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9 Things your guest bathroom needs — no excuses

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Finally have a second bathroom? 9 Smart things to store there for guests

Your guest bathroom is your best shot at being the hostess with the mostest.

Make your guests feel comfortable and pampered with a guest bathroom that caters to all of their needs. Have it stocked with everything they might want — and a few things they probably haven't even thought of.

Start with a squeaky clean room, clear of clutter and personal items. Then add these things to have a guest bathroom ready to impress.

1. Toiletries

Stock the vanity with anything short- or long-term guests might need. Include cotton balls, cotton swabs, toothpaste, toothbrushes (store them in their packages), face and body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, new razors, shaving cream and feminine products. Set out a nice-smelling hand soap for an extra touch.

2. Medicine

You never know when a headache or allergy attack might strike, and guests may be hesitant to ask for meds. Keep aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamine, heartburn meds and bandages in the medicine cabinet where your guests can easily find them.

Finally have a second bathroom? 9 Smart things to store there for guests

3. Towels

Put the threadbare stuff in your bathroom and set the good stuff aside for your guests. Get thick, luxurious towels and place them where your guests can find them easily. If you're hosting a party, remember to switch out the hand towels frequently so no one has to dry their hands on a damp towel.

4. Special extras

Give your guests a spa-like experience with loofahs, bath brushes, a pumice stone, bath oils and sweet-smelling soap for bubble baths.

Finally have a second bathroom? 9 Smart things to store there for guests

5. New decor

Don't give your guests a dingy room with a faded shower curtain and mismatched rugs. Pick out a stylish new curtain, and get a matching bathmat and rugs that will feel good between guests' toes.

6. Trash can

The only thing worse than hunting for a trash can in someone else's bathroom is walking out of someone's bathroom carrying your trash because you didn't find a trash can. Put one in clear sight for your guests, and line it with a trash bag for easy and frequent changes.

7. Hamper

Guests never know what to do with their towels after a shower. If you have room, set out a hamper or a basket to put the wondering to rest.

Finally have a second bathroom? 9 Smart things to store there for guests

8. Something that smells nice

When your guests walk into your bathroom, they should immediately feel relaxed. Set the mood with a great scent using a candle, plug-in air freshener, wax warmer or reed diffusers.

9. Flowers

Everyone likes fresh flowers. Put a small vase or pot of flowers on a candle or windowsill to brighten the room.

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