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I love a good night in with friends whether we are hosting in our home or headed to a friend’s house. It’s so nice to enjoy the laughs, the food, and the company, but before any of that happens I find myself stressed out with a long list of things to clean and do. In an effort to protect my sanity, I came up with a few tips to help clean your house when hosting guests.
Plan of Attack
I’m a planner by nature, and if you’re not this step will help you be able to focus on what you REALLY need to clean rather than scrambling around and not really getting to the tasks that are high priority.
- Think about what rooms your guests will be in (encourage them to be in only a couple)
- Decide which rooms are the messiest and cleanest
- Figure out if you can multitask (i.e. wash the tablecloths while vacuuming)
If you are making food for your guests you don’t want to clean and then cook because you’ll only end up cleaning the kitchen twice. Cook first if at all possible, check out great make ahead recipes on my Pinterest board.
Quick Tip: If you don’t have time to cook there are great options at local grocery stores and wholesale stores. Deli, fruit, veggie, and dessert platters are great and so easy to re-plate.
So many times I’ve started to clean something and forgot leaving cleaning spray to dry or dishes soaking for far too long. Tackling one room at a time, one area at a time. For example, if I’m in the kitchen typically I’ll clean the stove top first then the counters, then move on to the dishes.
Quick tip: If you have a ceramic cooktop, and it has caked on residue, or if you have gas stovetop grates that are dirty and want a quick and easy cleaning solution, I recommend cleaning smart with affresh® Cooktop Cleaning Wipes, designed specifically for your cooktop. These dual-sided wipes have built-in scrubbers to remove everyday residues and a smooth side to clean your cooktop with a streak-free finish.
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- Remove a wipe from the pouch
- Reseal for freshness
- Scrub with the textured side
- Polish with the smooth side
- Wipe with a soft, dry cloth for a streak-free finish
- Throw away the wipe when finished
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Tuck it Away
Have you ever seen the sitcoms where guests come over and open a closet only to experience an avalanche of objects? Let’s not go that far with putting things out of sight, but do scan the room looking for items that you may be able to put in a drawer. I have found in our home it’s great to have furniture that doubles as storage, like a storage ottoman, or decorative storage bins/baskets, especially when you are in a time crunch.
More hands means faster cleaning! Ask people who you know won’t mind helping clean. You may want to consider asking them which cleaning chores they like best, happy workers are hard workers. Always offer some form of payment, whether it’s food, or a hug to a good friend, a thank-you note, or a gift card, let them know their help was appreciated. If possible try to co-host an event and divvy up the chores between you.
Of course these are just a few ways to make cleaning your home for guests and entertaining easier. I would love to hear your tips. Leave a comment on how you clean before you host guests.