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There are so many magical things to celebrate with family and friends this time of year. I love that there are great old classics on television, and new holiday classics made-for-tv this year. Maybe it is that unique mix of the old and traditional alongside the new and shiny of the present that makes this time of year so enjoyable. As much as I love to see headlights unexpectedly appear in the driveway since it heralds the arrival of either the delivery driver with presents to be wrapped or friends and family coming over to have a sweet treat, it also sends me running through a mental checklist to make sure the house is holiday happy!
To keep our house polished for the drop-ins (who are always welcome!), I find that there are a couple of things I can proactively do to keep the lights twinkling and the carols humming right along. Here are some tips to get (and keep) your house ready for surprise guests for when you get the “We’re coming over and we’re 20 minutes away!” call.
1. Let Your Tree Light Shine! I find that the room with the biggest lighted tree gets the most attention, so I put up the tree and get it trimmed as early in the season as possible. The more the focus is on the tree, the less people care if the floor was waxed this morning. Give them something shiny to see and that’s where their eyes and energies are focused. Spend 5 minutes cleaning up the space where your guests will spend the most time. Light a few candles – we love the Febreze holiday candles – they are festive and make your house smell like the season!
2. Make Sure the Shoes Drop at the Door. If you can keep the dirt out to begin with, your floors really will look much better and cleaner when the drop-in friends arrive. This is trickier with our four-legged family members who don’t always remember to pause to wipe their paws, but your efforts will be well-rewarded! Plus, it makes it easier to run through with a laundry basket and grab everyone’s gear to stash away when last minute house guests are on their way. Run a quick broom to pick up any remaining dirt.
3. Eliminate the 12 Stinks. With kids home and get-togethers, the potential for stinky is high, and that’s not something you want your guests to face.
If you haven’t seen the new music video featuring Glee’s Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison detailing the 12 Stinks of Christmas, you have to check it out! It’s pretty hilarious!
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