Here are a few tips and tricks that you can utilize while running through your Lake of the Ozarks home, just minutes before the guests arrive.
Clean the BathroomIf you can only clean ONE room, make it this room! Your guests will generally tolerate a little dust in the living room or flat pillows on the couch - but there is nothing that will gross them out more than a dirty bathroom. Take 5 minutes and wipe down the sink and toilet, clean the mirrors and put out new toilet paper. Don't forget to empty the trash and close the shower curtain, too!
Vacuum and Sweep the FloorsOnly bother with the areas where your company will be gathering. Grab the vacuum and the broom and run over the surfaces quickly. Don't forget to spot mop any areas, specifically the kitchen, to make it look a little cleaner.
Empty the Sink, Load the Dishwasher and Wipe the CountertopsNo matter how clean your kitchen is, if there are dishes in the sink, it automatically looks messy. By emptying out the clean dishes in the dishwasher and reloading it with the dirty dishes, you will make a HUGE impact on your kitchen. Now that the sink is clean, take a rag and wipe the counters, sink, and stove. Start up the dishwasher while your guests are starting to come, and this will help your cleaning endeavors after they leave.
Straighten and Dust "Visible" AreasDon't worry about cleaning the top of the door trim or those really tall bookcases, only run a cloth over the areas that are visible. Make sure you stop by the entertainment center and put away the DVD cases and straighten up the remotes. Just remember, what they can't see won't hurt them.
Turn Down the LightsYou can say you're setting the "mood", by turning off the overhead lights, turning on the lamps and lighting the candles, but you're REALLY hiding the areas that you didn't get a chance to clean! If the lights are down, no one will be able to tell that you didn't dust the bookshelf.
Clear a Place for Coats and BagsPreparing for the coats and bags in advance will help you out when the guests start arriving. Whether you have a coat closet that you'll be hanging everything in, or an entryway bench or bed, prepare and clean it in advance. Don't forget to return the coats before people leave!
Set the Mood with MusicNow that you've run through the house frantically cleaning and touching up, turn up those tunes. Sit back for a few minutes, enjoy your handiwork, calm your nerves, and be ready to greet your guests with holiday cheer.
Gattermeir Davidson, we are in the business to pair you with the home of your dreams, so you can entertain your friends and family to your heart's content! The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, and if you don't currently have a home of your own, we would love to find a perfect fit for you and your family. From small, cozy cottages, to large luxury homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, our team will work with you to find a home that fits your lifestyle and budget. Give us a call today at 877-870-5253, so you can sing "I'll be home for Christmas" and mean it!
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