1. Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests
Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

Get Your Home Ready for Holiday

  • Contributed by Cheryl Sousan of Tidy Mom


    Guests and the holiday season go together. It's part of the fun and excitement of the time of the year! When opening our homes to loved ones and friends, we want to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. Fortunately, my friends at Scotch-Brite Brand and I can help you do just that. They have a full line of cleaning tools and I’m going to share how I use some of my favorites around the house.

  • 1. Give the Kitchen a Good Cleaning

    More than likely you'll be doing more cooking and baking this time of year, especially if you are entertaining. Start off on the right foot by giving the kitchen a good cleaning.

    My stainless steel sink gets the most use, and can really make the kitchen look clean if it's gleaming!! I start off by using a stainless steel sink cleaner to clean off all the grime and debris that has built up. Then I pull out my secret weapon, a Scotch-Brite Extreme Shine Pad to buff and make the sink shine! Seriously every time I use it, I'm amazed at how good my sink looks!

    If your oven is like mine, the glass on the inside of the oven door is usually covered in splatters. I got mine clean by laying wet towels on it for about 2 hours, then I scrubbed it with baking soda and sponge or cloth and a little elbow grease. Use the damp towels to wipe off the cleaner. Repeat until all the residue is gone. Add more water or even a little vinegar to your towels as needed while wiping, to really get the oven glass clean and shiny.

    Give all the appliances a good wipe down, inside and out. I like to spray a cloth with stainless steel cleaner, then wipe over the appliance with the grain of the steel. Now is a good time to clean out all the old food in the refrigerator and freezer to make room for all the extra holiday food.

Sink
  • 2. Quick-Clean the Bathroom

    Guests will inevitably want to use your bathroom. Start by using the Scotch-Brite Disposable Toilet Scrubber to give the toilet a thorough scrubbing. Vacuum or sweep the floor to remove stray hairs, then mop. Then, if you stick with my 5 minutes a day rule, your bathroom will always look guest-ready in between regular cleanings.

    Keep a microfiber cloth under the sink to quickly wipe off the mirror and faucet, grab some paper towels and a bottle of glass cleaner to wipe down the toilet and sink area to remove toothpaste splatters, residue, and other gross buildup. Straighten bath towels, pick any dirty clothes up off the floor, and make sure you've got clean hand towels for your guests to use.

    If you're expecting overnight guests, the Scotch-Brite Shower Soap Scum Eraser and Tile and Grout Brush can make cleaning the tub and shower easier. Don't forget to make sure you have plenty of toilet paper! ;)

  • 3. Dust

    People often forget to dust, which is understandable because dusting can be a pain. I love using the Scotch-Brite 3-in-1 Microfiber Cloth because it actually picks up the dust and can be used wet or dry, even on my glass shelves. Remember to dust from the top down. When you're done dusting, run the vacuum.

  • 4. Control Pet Hair

    If you have pets that shed, you probably know how embarrassing it can be to have a guest sit down on your sofa. If you don't have time to vacuum the furniture, a Scotch-Brite Printed Lint Roller can be your new best friend!!

Get Your Guest Room Ready
  • 5. Get Your Guest Room Ready

    • Fresh/clean sheets and blankets, 2 pillows per guest
       
    • Have a set of towels for each guest (bath towel, hand towel, washcloth)
       
    • Place nightlights in hallways and bathrooms - to keep your guests from bumping into furniture and décor in the middle of the night.
       
    • Provide a note with your wifi network and password for guests to use.
       
    • Stocked up on travel size items (toiletries), toothbrush, toothpaste and feminine products
       
    • Have a table or surface available where they can set things
       
    • Make sure there is easy access to an outlet so they can charge their phone and/or other devices.
       
    • Provide a lamp or soft lighting in the room.
       
    • Have a clock (alarm) and mirror in their room
       
    • Provide closet space with a few hangers


    It's all the small subtle details that your guests will be wowed. When I follow these tips, my home looks and feels inviting, my guests feel comfortable and all of that makes me feel good and relaxed. When I’m less stressed, I’m much more enjoyable to be around. It’s funny how that all works doesn’t it?

    This post has been adapted by Cheryl Sousan from the original, which you may read on http://tidymom.net/2015/holiday-tips-home-clean-up/

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