Tis the season for holiday entertaining, the time of year when friends and family gather for food, fun and festivities. Holiday parties almost always make for a good time, but preparing your home can be really stressful when you’ve taken on the role of party planner and welcome overnight guests for any length of stay.
Make a List and Check It Twice
It’s a good idea to plan by creating a list of everything you’ll need to clean, buy and prepare several weeks before you’ll be entertaining for the holidays. Add everything from decorating and cleaning to cooking and making sure you have plenty of ice to your list. Check off each item as you go to get a sense of accomplishment and to be certain you haven’t forgotten to do or purchase anything. Proper planning will decrease the amount of last-minute rushing around you need to do, so that you’ll have plenty of time to tidy up your home for guests.
The Guest Bedroom
Before you show guests where they’ll be staying, you need to make sure the room is clean. Since the guest room isn’t regularly occupied, you’ll want to take a little time to dust bureaus, picture frames, knickknacks, nightstands and headboards. You should also give ceiling fans, baseboards and room corners a pass with a dust mop. Afterwards, vacuum the floor and don’t forget to clean those often overlooked mini-blinds, window treatments and windows themselves. The sheets for your guest bedroom may have been in storage for a while, so check them for signs of mustiness. There is a chance you’ll need to launder them again before your visitors arrive. If they seem OK, you can pop them in the dryer on low with dryer sheets or a few tennis balls to freshen them up and remove any creases they might have from being folded and stored so long. A welcome basket with toiletry essentials, bottled water, snacks and towels adds a memorable touch. [Read more…]