3.22.2011

Spring Home {Re}Fresh: Tips To Get Your Home Guest Ready

One thing I always get more excited about once Spring rolls around is entertaining.  With the sun shining, the flowers blooming, birds chirping and a cool breeze in the air, how can you not open your home up for some festive fun?  If there is one thing I am super anal about, it is preparing my home for visitors.  I get it from my mom (along with most of my other personality quirks-it's true that you eventually turn into your mother!), who always rushed around cleaning the house before visitors came.  Nothing could be out of place or un-dusted if company was coming.  So I've found myself on many, many occasions right before a party at our home, frantically cleaning from top to bottom.  It feels good to present your home to your guests in its best light.  Here are a few tips that I always make sure are done before I have visitors at Casa de Sweetie Pie:


Outside

  • Make sure the front looks clean and tidy: Lawn mowed and edged, weeds pulled, bushes trimmed, etc.
  • Porch should be swept away of all debris.
  • Don't forget to look up and brush any cobwebs from around the door and porch light.
  • Add colorful flowers to pots and surround your front door with them.
  • A "Welcome" mat is always nice too!
Inside

Kitchen:
  • Mop floors
  • Wash and put away all dishes
  • Put away any clutter on counters-even stash the toaster and coffee pot
  • Wipe down counters
  • Make sure kitchen table is clean and free of clutter
  • This is a great room to light a scented candle, and have an arrangement of fresh flowers
Family/Living Room 
  • Dust furniture
  • Put away all toys/clutter
  • Fluff pillows on sofas
  • Vacuum
  • Have all blinds and curtains open to let that sun shine in!(Don't forget to make sure those windows are clean as well)
Guest Bathroom


  • Clean entire bathroom-toilets, sinks, counters, shower, etc
  • Put away all clutter-toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc.
  • Make sure hand soap is filled
  • Have clean towels out to dry hands
  • Empty garbage
  • This is another good spot for a scented candle and small floral arrangement
Now, the rest is where I cut corners.  If this is not a housewarming party where people will expect a full house tour, just close the rest of the bedroom doors and laundry room door.  I leave these rooms in whatever state they are in at the moment: clean or a total mess.  There is no point in cleaning areas that people aren't going to be in anyway, right??  At least that is my motto.  I also use these rooms as a place to stash any extra clutter from the other rooms (kitchen, family, bath) that I don't have time to put away or don't have another space for.  Throw it all in there and shut the door!  (I would lock it too if you can-don't want anyone poking their nose in!)

If you are having overnight guests, and have a guest room (lucky you to have extra space!) here are a few tips to make it feel like home:

Guest Room

  • Have nice clean linens.  I always prefer white, especially for a guest room.  I think it is good to keep the room neutral and hotel like.  You don't want to bombard your guest with patterns and colors that are too much for them.
  • Extra pillows of varying firmness and extra blankets are nice as well.
  • A side table on each side of the bed that includes a lamp
  • Nice extras for the side tables are a carafe of water and cups (or bottled water), unscented lotion, an interesting book or two, and a small vase of scentless flowers such as tulips.
What do you do to prepare your home for visitors?

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like my weekend. Seriously that's all we did this weekend was clean, plant flowers, trim bushes, etc. I need to get cracking on the guest room though.

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  2. I am IN LOVE with that kitchen! Those cabinets are amazing!!!
    Ash @ www.acstylefiles.blogspot.com

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  3. That porch is my dream porch! Oh my goodness, so perfect!

    aredenvelope.blogspot.com

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