photo credit: Pure Salt Interiors
Summer can be such a busy time filled with lots of activities and trips. It can also be a time for last minute guests.
-A visit from family or friends or a last minute sleepover for the kids.
– Birthday parties and cookouts, Special occasions and events.
-A neighbor dropping by for a play date or glass of wine.
-A last minute weekend get away or day trip to the beach or lake.
So what can you do to make summer a little easier and less stressful? How can you be ready for your guests and stop that last minute panic?
-De clutter your guest room now. If it is always ready for guests then there is no last minute panic and shoving everything in a closet.
-Update the bedding and towels. Make sure everything is clean and fresh.
-Make sure the room is clean. Dust and vacuum regularly to keep the cobwebs and dust away.
-Make sure there is a working lamp or some sort of lighting.
-Check your guest bathroom inventory for soap, shampoo and any necessities guests may need.
-Have a space for guests to put their suitcase or hang up a few items.
Set up household systems so that everything has a place and it is easy to maintain. This makes a last minute clean much easier.
Keep surfaces clear from clutter:
Keep main surfaces as clean as possible. Try not to use your dining room table, kitchen table or kitchen island as a drop zone for papers and other clutter. If these surfaces are easy to clear then last minute entertaining is much easier.
Create a summertime routine so that kids areas do not get completely out of control.
There is no reason for “mom” to keep spinning her wheels cleaning up all the time. Kids can be taught routines and taking care of their things; then when they ask to have a friend over no one has to be stressed and cleaning frantically at the last minute.