It’s that time of year again…yep, the family’s visiting! Getting your home ready for a family gathering or a visit from a big group of old friends can be quite a daunting task. Just thinking about all the prep you have to do before your guests arrive for the holidays can be quite overwhelming when you want to make such a good impression. Below you’ll find a few quick clean-up ideas you’ll be sure to have time for in between all the gift shopping and holiday decorating!
1) The guest room
Chances are this room is rarely used, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it in your guest prep. Although you may not need Naked Clean to clean this room on every one of your scheduled cleanings, it’s important to make sure it’s ready for your guests. A quick pass through is enough to make a good impression. One helpful tip is to start with the dusting so make sure to get to all surfaces like dressers, nightstands, and even in the drawers, which your guests are sure to use. If you have a ceiling fan, don’t forget to wipe what’s settled up there too. Next, move on to the bed—check that the sheets and comforter are clean and the bed is made. If you really want to impress your guests and make it seem like their walking into a five-star hotel without putting in that much effort, simply place a holiday-themed chocolate on top of their pillows…because who doesn’t love chocolate? After that’s all done, finish up by vacuuming. I always like to leave this task for last to be sure to collect all the dust that’s fallen from the initial wipe through and bed-making.
2) Make a list for a quick cleaning
So you don’t get too overwhelmed, make a list categorized by room. Then list 4 or 5 tasks you want to complete in each room. For example, you may want list “do dishes, take out trash, wipe stove, wipe counters” for the kitchen so you don’t forget to wash and put away the dishes, take out the trash, clear the caked on gunk on top of the stove, and give a quick wipe to all the counters. You may list “dust side tables, fluff pillows, tidy coffee table, vacuum” for the living room if you want to remember to wipe the lamps and side tables, fluff the sofa, de-clutter the main table your guests will be using, and want to finish it up with a quick vacuum. This type of list will help you stay organized and focused, while prioritizing what’s most important to you.
3) Tidy up with the “Clockwise Method”
If lists aren’t your thing and you really just want more of a “tidying” rather than a “cleaning”, pick a couple rooms you know your guests will be using (e.g. the family room and dining room) and try the clockwise method. Pick a starting point in each room and move from left to right around the area. Everything that you leave behind should be clean and de-cluttered, leaving you to focus on what’s to the right of you. This helps you measure what you have done and what you have left to do. Be sure to bring a basket, a trash bag, and a dusting cloth with you during this quick pass through. Use the basket to pick up items that belong in other rooms of the house, the trash bag to collect items that go into the trash or need to be recycled, and use the dust cloth to quickly wipe surfaces and fingerprints. Bringing these three things with you as you go through the main rooms will help you save time because you won’t be going back and forth. Make sure to focus only on the room you’re in so that you don’t get distracted. If you do this, you’ll be able to tidy up each room in only 5 minutes!
Just try out these tips and you’ll be able to tidy up in no time for your guests during the holidays. If you need a deeper cleaning and a little extra help, don’t hesitate to call us over here at Naked Clean and the maids will be sure to get your San Diego home sparkling and ready for your holiday guests! Don’t forget to share and let us know about any other tips you use to prepare for house guests. We’d love to hear about them in the comments!