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Jumpstart Your Day: 5 Ways to Update a Guest Bathroom

Achieve a stylish and relaxing space with these tips

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Tala Singson

Filipinos are known for their hospitality. With the holidays just around the corner, we're sure that you're expecting guests and relatives at home. To make their stay truly memorable, you need to make sure that their bedroom is comfortable and that the guest bathroom is functional and spotless. 

Here are five easy ways to help you style and organize the extra bathroom at home:

Sittings Editor: Issa Villar-Ching and Dagny Madamba. Shot on location at The Henry Hotel Manila.

Clean the bathroom

Make sure you dispose of empty bottles and other unnecessary clutter. Making sure that the space is spotless will make it easier for you to brighten it up.

READ: Top Cleaning and Decorating Tips for the Bathroom

Prepare the basics

Always have guest towels ready. Keep extra towels in a nearby basket or bin.

Add indulgences

If your budget permits, you may want to pamper your guests during their stay. Add little luxuries like loofahs, body lotions, and colognes. Remember to cater to your male and female company. Arrange these surprises in a nice basket or on top of the watercloset using a tray.

Keep the bathroom smelling fresh and clean

Avoid strong-smelling scents in the bathroom. Opt for natural scents like rain, bamboo, citrus and grapefruit, and vanilla. You may use reed diffusers or candles so your guests can have options.

Don't forget the essentials

Provide two towels per guest, along with hand towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. It's best to prepare these must-haves just in case your guests forgot to bring their own. Stack the towels neatly and transfer liquid toiletries in nice containers to double as decor.

This story originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made the editors. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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