At this point in the year, most of the major holidays are behind us, but there are still a few “family holidays” that remain. Right now, Easter is just around the corner, and if you have a family that loves to make any excuse to visit, your home will likely be filled with guests sooner than you are ready for. Many people find that having a clean home is the most important thing when having guests over. For some reason, having people visit and stay in your home makes the urge to clean stronger than any other time. But where do you start? What would you want to see when you show up to visit family in their homes? Let’s go ahead and take a look at some cleaning tips to get your house in tip-top shape for guests to stay comfortably and you to stay calm.
- Walkthrough your house with “guest eyes.” Do a walk through and notice what seems to be out of the ordinary. Are there things that don’t belong in a particular room? This is a great time to do some redecorating. Maybe some of your furniture is not placed in a way that is convenient for multiple people. Maybe you need to reorganize your living room to make the space more guest friendly. Whatever you may find needs work, take some time to correct it. Because if you don’t like it, there is a good chance that everyone else will not either.
- Control the clutter around your home by attacking the hot spots first. Finding the places where clutter tends to build up first, and reducing them to something that is a bit more manageable can make keeping your home clean that much easier. If you find that you do not have time to put everything in the correct place, at least straighten the area with some neat piles and straight lines to reduce the look of clutter. Basically, if you run out of time, make the clutter look intentional and deliberate…maybe no one will even notice.
- Deep clean the house. Hiring someone to clean the carpets is a good place to start (Chem-Dry of Omaha is a great and convenient service). After all, the last thing you want is your family coming over and your carpets smell like animals and foot traffic. Deep clean the bathrooms as well. Pretending that someone famous or important is coming is a great way to motivate yourself to scrub every last bit. The bathroom is an important room to clean. You do not want your guests feeling grossed out in the room that they are supposed to clean themselves in. Plus, everyone judges a person by how clean or dirty their toilets are.
- Make it seem almost like a hotel experience. Pick up some extra toiletries for your bathrooms in travel sizes. That way you can stock the guest bathroom with extra razors, toothbrushes, and self-cleaning products. Traveling with liquids can be a huge pain, so make sure all of the essentials are there for your guests to hop in the shower without worrying about having shampoo to use. This is also a great way to give off the impression that your home is always that nice and you love having people stay with you.
- Remember that you will be feeding more than your normal amount of people for the time that your guests are with you. Before they arrive, make some room in the fridge for them to stock some of the things that they enjoy. This is a great excuse to clean out the expired food you have sitting in the back of the shelves and to dispose of bottles that are nearly empty.
- Earlier it was suggested to get your carpets cleaned before guests come, and that is just part of deodorizing your home. Everyone’s house has a smell, some of them worse than others. If you have pets, this is especially important because people can always smell the pets in your home. Worrying about how your house smells is a great way to show your guests that they are welcome and that you care about their comfort in your home.
- Have fresh, clean towels out and ready for your guests. Pull out your fluffy towels and have them folded nicely in the bathroom so that your guests do not have to go hunting around your home for them; unless you like people rifling through your closets with your perfectly folded things.
- When people are coming to stay, you need to make sure that you dust everything. Some of the worst places for gathering dust are electronics. TV screens and gaming devices (and the entertainment center) collect dust like crazy, so make sure that is taken care of before the guests arrive – that is unless you like people leaving you little messages or pictures in the dust on your nice electronics.
- Make sure all of the sheets are washed and fresh. There is nothing like climbing into a freshly made bed, especially when traveling. This is a small thing that you can do to show your guests that you care about their experience and are willing to take the time to give them a good one.
- Everyone travels with electronics, even if that is simply just a cellphone. Having extra charging cables available is a great way to make sure you will not have to share yours with everyone. This is a nice touch that can make your guests feel welcome and that they have been thought of. Plus, it’s nice for you to know that your cables are in the correct place and nothing will get lost or taken.
You can frantically clean your home until it is completely spotless and perfect, or enough that pretty much everything is in its place, but you do want it to look like people actually live there. The biggest thing you need to focus on is the comfort of your guests. As long as they feel comfortable and welcome, you have done your job successfully.