Whether you’re having a dinner party, a backyard bbq or just having a few friends over for drinks, you want to make sure you prepare your house for your guests. Here are seven quick ways you can prepare your home and get it ready to host!
Your first area to prime is your front entryway, because that’s what people are going to see and remember. You want to make sure that your front entryway looks clean and welcoming. Clean windows if you have them, make sure that there is no grime or dirt on the floor and the vestibule and ensure that there is enough hanging space for coats, whether it’s in the closet or out in the hallway. One thing I love to do is have a DPA or a designated purse area. That way anyone bringing a purse with them knows exactly where they can put it. It’s safe and they’ll know where to find at the end of the night.
I’m not saying you have to do this in every room, but look at the space that your party is going to be in and clean the windows in those room (on the inside and the outside). We don’t often think about windows, but when there are fingerprints or splatters it affects how clean and beautiful your space looks, and it’s very easy to fix.
There’s no doubt that your guests are going to use your bathroom. First up, check your medicine cabinet, because your guests might peek in, and you’ll feel better if you know there isn’t anything unsavoury for them to find. Next up make sure you have clean hand towels. You also want to make sure that you’ve got a lot of toilet paper because people are going to go through it, and you don’t want them to have to search for it. Ensure that you have a plunger there, in case there are any slow toilet moments. And of course, ensure there’s enough hand soap so that way people can always wash up and feel comfortable.
Cut the Clutter
Stay on top of your clutter. Even if your house is in pretty good shape, it’s still a good idea to go through and remove any visual clutter. This is something that Chad and I do before we have guests over. When people come over the house feels more full, so having less clutter is calming. We’ll put things in a temporary holding and then once the party’s over, we’ll put it back or put it in a different spot where it actually belongs. As well, you want to remember to get rid of anything that you might not want broken because at parties, people tend to get a little clumsy for various reasons and the last thing you would want is something nice to be broken or stained.
There are two kinds of parties. There are the fancy formal parties where you break out the china and there are informal parties where you eat on disposable dish ware. Both have pros and cons, but tor me, I always like to look for more environmentally responsible options. If you are going for disposable dish ware (and it is a lot easier) lay out your garbage, your recycling and your compost bin. Guests will be much more likely to put the food and garbage where it belongs. And if you are using formal dish ware spend a couple of extra minutes making sure that it looks nice. Just dip it in some hot water and vinegar and give it a good cleaning with a flat weave microfiber cloth. That will really polish it up and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there.
Make it Smell Great
The way your house smells definitely affects people as soon as they walk in the door and you want to be that guy that has the house that makes people smile when they walk in, not the one that makes them do a little *sniff* So, what you can do? Have some fresh flowers, light a candle, defuse some essential oils, all the clean my space favorites. If you have cats like I do, we make sure that our litter box is empty enough a litter is changed and if you have pet’s linkage or pet beds, you might want to launder those too. You can also spray a fabric refresher on any upholstery and make sure that you vacuum it to get rid of any gander and be respectful of people who have pet allergies.
Prepare for Disaster
While you don’t want to expect the worst, you certainly have to be prepared for it. Spills happen. when you’re having guests over, make sure that you have a cleaning emergency preparedness kit somewhere easily accessible. Stain removers, cleaning cloths and a bucket is more than enough to deal with unexpected methods.
Those are my seven tips, good luck with all your dinner parties! Here are a couple of other videos I think you’re going to love.