I've mentioned before that I have three children, not including my husband. Needless to say, my home is hardly every company ready! Yet, it never fails that last-minute company is always wanting to stop by. Overtime I've had to develop a plan to not only keep my home more organized, but to be able to get my home ready for guests on very little notice. Follow these tips on How to Keep Your Home Company Ready and you'll be set for those last-minute visits.
How to Keep Your Home Company Ready
Set up designated drop-off locations. By setting up a designated drop off location in your home, you are ensuring everything gets put in the same place. When you come in the house with your keys, purse, mail, kid backpacks and other items it's easy to set these items down all over the house. Setting down items throughout the home just causes chaos and clutter. We want to avoid this at all costs. Having one centralized area for clutter is great because you can quickly move items to their correct spot in the home or simply keep the clutter in the “organized” drop off location you've created. The key here is keeping everything in one place. In turn, have your house looking a lot more organized.
Vacuum every morning. This task isn't too hard for me since I actually enjoy vacuuming. Make it a point to vacuum your floors every morning especially if you have children or pets in the home. You might have laundry on the kitchen table or dishes in the sink, but if your floors are clean it makes the rest of the house seem that much cleaner. I'm not saying you need to move furniture around or anything like that, just a quick five minute vacuum before you get ready for your day!
Keep a cleaning schedule. A cleaning schedule is great! I seriously cannot stress enough what a difference implementing a cleaning schedule has made in my life. Prior to using a cleaning schedule, I would make a list of everything I needed to do around the house but would never do anything on that list. My cleaning schedule keeps me staying on top of chores on a daily basis but also makes cleaning manageable so I don't feel overwhelmed. Consider implementing your own cleaning schedule. You might be surprised that last-minute company no longer stresses you out the way it used to.
Have candles on hand. Candles are a life saver in any home! I don't care how clean your home is, there are times when our homes have some odd smells. Maybe you just got done cooking, the sweaty teenager has all his friends over, or the garbage is full. No matter what the case is, lighting a candle can make your home smell pleasant and help mask any odors you don't want your guest to notice. Candles also bring a sense of peace and relaxation to a home.
Keep the bathroom clean. There really isn't anything worse than company coming over needing to use your bathroom. Your dirty bathroom! Every morning after the kids have showered and brushed their teeth, I go in with a rag and wipe down the counters and give the toilet a quick wipe down. This process takes me less than five minutes but keeps the bathroom looking clean. Sometimes I do some quick spot cleaning on the floor if one of the kids has left any messes. This process is quick and ensures that I'm never going to be embarrassed by a guest finding me with a dirty bathroom.
What tips do you have for getting your home ready for guests?