The holiday season has arrived. Our tree is up, that mischevious little elf is hanging around, and the kiddos are starting to get excited. I adore Christmas. I love decorating, entertaining, and indulging in everything this month has to offer. But with the chaos that accompanies the next few weeks, it’s tough keeping the house in tip-top shape.
Luckily, Seventh Generation has some great products that help me keep everything neat and tidy — and prepped for unexpected visitors. Along with that, here are some of my best tips for staying guest-ready.
1. Clean the things people will use (or see) on a daily (or almost daily) basis: This includes your toilets, sinks, tables, and countertops. You don’t need to be thorough! A simple wipe will make things look cleaner than they actually are. Seventh Generation’s Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes are incredible for those quick once-overs.
2. Get the dishes out of the sink: Nothing makes a kitchen look messier than a sink piled full of dishes. If you have a dishwasher, store them in there (or run a quick load!). It only takes a minute extra. If you don’t have one you may have to invest in a little time with the soap suds. I love Seventh Generation’s Auto Dish Packs in Lemon, and the Lavender Floral and Mint Dish Liquid.
3. Take out the trash: You may not notice the smell, but your guests will. Empty your trash before they arrive so there’s no need to apologize for funky smells. We use Seventh Generation’s Tall Kitchen Trash Bags.
4. Cut the clutter: I detest clutter, but it happens even to the best of us. The toys, papers, and bills that are impossible to keep track of can often just get out of control. Spend 5-10 minutes every evening going through these items and sorting them out. Do it for a week and you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes!
It may seem overwhelming, but with just a little effort your house can be ready for unexpected playdates and guests — and you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the next few weeks.
I am compensated for my participation as a Seventh Generation Ambassador. All opinions are my own.