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Quick Christmas Clean-up Tips


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 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.


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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