Cleaning Your Home for Out-of-Town Guests During the Holidays
If you’re this year’s designated host this holiday season, you may be panicking that your home just isn’t ready for guests. Don’t fear; your friends and family will understand that you’re not hosting at the Four Seasons! Regardless, you do want to make a good impression and not invite your loved ones to a messy home.
Here are some tips and quick ways to make your home guest-ready, without having to do much at all.
Something overlooked, and only tangentially home-related, is your car. Depending on your guests form of arrival, you may be responsible for picking them up. Most common being from the airport. Before they arrive, take some time to give your vehicle a good clean. This is the easiest way to make a great impression before your guests even arrive at your home!
Just as your vehicle should be clean from wrappers and crumbs, make sure there’s enough cargo space for your guest’s luggage. If the ride from the airport to your home is lengthy, go the extra mile and bring a couple waters.
First and foremost, when you’re expecting guests, you’ll need to clean the bathroom. If nothing else is done in preparation for their arrival, prioritize this; specifically clean the bathroom your guests will be using. This isn’t to say that your bathroom is particularly filthy, it’s primarily that bathrooms acclimate to their owners.
Little details and inconveniences that you’ve made your peace with, whether it’s because you don’t notice them or you’re not feeling up to fixing them, your bathroom is a product of your lifestyle. However, your guests don’t live like you do. So, bring your bathroom back to a neutral square one. Organize items around the sink, do a good wipe-down on the sink, toilet, and tub, and tuck away any obstructive or unwieldy items like hair dryers or electric razors. Think of this like a hotel bathroom: tidy, but minimal.
Next should be the guest’s room, or wherever they may be sleeping. If you do have a dedicated guest room, that makes this much simpler. Do a quick once-over on it, checking for dust and surveying the carpet. Change the sheets on the bed and give a quick run through on the carpet with the vacuum. The goal isn’t to look pristine, but to make it seem serviceable.
The kitchen should also be a stop on your pre-guest cleaning cycle. Particularly for the holidays, you’re going to need every dish available when you have a large amount of people coming over. Load the dishwasher with every dirty dish and run it. This will probably be the first of many times, but it’s best you start off on a good foot with all your cups, plates, and silverware available.
Give the rest of your kitchen a brief detailing, too. Sweeping the floor and wiping down the countertops to collect some stray crumbs or something else missed on your usual cleaning routine. While you’re at it, empty the kitchen sink! Whether it’s just some things you need to load into the dishwasher or they’re on a drying rack, get them out of the way to create the illusion that you’re naturally tidy and on-top of your housework.
Front Entry Way
Okay, when all the cleaning is out of the way, you’ll need to ready everything for foot traffic and bags. Make room for your guests coats and suitcases at the front of your home. Do so by clearing the foyer space and removing your coats from the racks and hooks. Even though this isn’t where your guest’s belongings will remain, it’s nice to give them a break and a chance to greet everyone in your home before lugging their things to their designated areas.
Planning ahead of time is the easiest way to eliminate the stress of hosting the holidays. Don’t overload yourself with everything at once. From a clean car to a clean house, your guests will feel well taken care of.
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