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:
- 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!
- 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
- Dust furniture
- Put away all toys/clutter
- Fluff pillows on sofas
- Have all blinds and curtains open to let that sun shine in!(Don't forget to make sure those windows are clean as well)
- 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:
- 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?