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It's the holidays, which mean families are gathering in one another's homes. If you would like to give your guests a little special treatment, take these simple steps to ramp up your hosting cred. It doesn't take much to transform an unpersonal guest room into a luxurious, eco-friendly retreat.
1. Lux Linens: Nothing makes us feel more comfy and pampered than sleeping and bathing in luxury. Before guests arrive, wash a set of high-threadcount organic sheets and put them on the bed. I like to wash my nicest set of sheets for guests and use an older pair of sheets on my own bed to make guests feel a little pampered. If you need to purchase a new set of sheets, opt for organic cotton such as those from Earthsake (pictured),
2. Air Aware: Little-used guest rooms can sometimes get stuffy. If you have a portable air filter, run it in the guest room for a few hours or a day before guests arrive. Otherwise, if the weather isn't too cold, turn on a fan and open windows a crack to air out the room a few hours before guests' arrival. If you live in a dry climate and have a portable humidifier, put it in the guest room to help guests breathe easier. If it's cold, also give them access to a space heater if you have one. Finally, liven up guest quarters while guests are staying by moving a couple of houseplants into the space.
3. Treats for Sweets: Give guests a little extra love to let them know you are happy to have them in your home. A little container of aromatic bath and shower salts, a box of fair trade chocolates or a travel-size bottle of your favorite organic lotion will make your guests know they are special to you. (Divine Chocolates Dark Chocolate Covered Salted Fudge pictured; find a listing of fair trade chocolate brands here.)