With Christmas around the corner there are stockings to stuff, presents still to buy and probably in-laws to impress. If you’re hosting Christmas at your place, you’re probably ready to explode. Fortunately there are plenty of easy ways to make your house impressionable for guests, without losing your mind.
First off, declutter your house by throwing things under the bed. I doubt your guests will be visiting the bedrooms, and even if they do it won’t be terribly noticeable. This will clean up your home quickly so you can get to the important stuff. If under your bed is already full, think about utilizing your car’s trunk for the day.
Next, be sure your kitchen is clean and smells nice. You can have an awesome looking kitchen, but no one will notice if your garbage can or your sink’s garbage disposal stinks. Fix? Clean the trash can after you have emptied it, and run the garbage disposal with a quartered (half if you’re desperate and brave) lemon in it. It will freshen up the garbage disposal as well as give the room a nice citrusy scent.
Next make sure your bathrooms are spick and span, no one likes using a dirty bathroom at a party. If you have glass shower doors, clean those too. Clean shower doors look real nice, and if no one notices them clean, it’s still better than someone noticing that they’re dirty.
Clean your microwave. If your guests need to reheat their food, a dirty microwave is a big turn off. A cool trick for this is to put a bowl of water in the microwave for three minutes. The steam will soften up the stuck on food making it really easy to wipe out.
Clean your walls and base boards. This will add a little extra gleam to the house, emphasizing how clean of a family you are, even if you aren’t. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will blow through dirt and grime from the wall without hurting the paint or the drywall. Next take a dryer strip to the base boards, it will freshen them up whilst collecting dust and other such making them nice and clean again.
Clean your carpets. If you don’t have time to deep clean the carpet put baking soda, wait 20 minutes and vacuum the powder up. That will at least ensure it doesn’t smell.
Buy extra soap, paper towels and toilet paper. Your guests will use the bathroom to wash their hands and for other reasons, especially after a big meal… if you get the picture.
Desqueak your doors with a little WD-40 on the hinges. Nothing is more annoying than squeaky doors, especially in a busy home.
Crayons and printed out coloring pages can turn a boring, superfluous table in the corner into a kids table.
Lastly, put on a smile. It’s Christmas, and even though your annoying brother/sister/cousin/weird uncle/mother-in-law is coming, nothing will keep your and your family’s spirits better, than a big smile on your face.
As always, if you’re considering a home don’t hesitate to call National Realty Group at (800) 406-9606, visit us at NationalRealtyGroup.com or stop by our office. All the agents and staff at National Realty Group would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and wish you the best during the coming holidays.