Guests coming to visit, doesn’t have to be stressful, these tips and tricks will make your home ready at a moments notice – it’s just about being prepared and organized.

Your Home

Make your life easy with a regular cleaning schedule and daily chore list (you actually must do the list, though!!) in your home, then it’s guest ready 95% of the time. The rooms and spaces in your home that you and your guests would be in daily are your priority.

Clean out your front hall closet and have space for guests coats & jackets, shoes and bags. This closet should not be packed full of your own items – especially not boxes of Christmas decorations, the vacuum cleaner or plastic bins of old tupperware and toys. Make sure you have spare coat hangers and hooks otherwise guests will feel that they are imposing.

Daily To Do’s

Remember to empty any trash bins, especially in the kitchen and the main floor powder room. Do all the dishes immediately don’t leave them in the sink or load the dishwasher, clean the sink with baking soda or Bar Keeper’s Friend rinsing well for a wonderful shine, clear the counters & wipe down them down along with the stove top and any appliances. Sweep or vacuum.

Clear any clutter in your living or family rooms, children can put away their toys, discard any old papers or magazines, plump the cushions & straighten the throws, wipe down any tables and vacuum if necessary.

Clean the mirrors & sink in the main floor powder room, restock with fresh hand towels, toilet paper & hand wash. Attend to the floors. Always have a least 4 extra clean hand towels stored somewhere in the powder room, either in the vanity or on  pretty shelves. There is nothing worse as a guest than having to wipe your wet hands on an unlaundered, grungy looking and damp towel.

Do (at the minimum) 2 loads of laundry every day, there is nothing worse than having guests over with piles of unwashed clothes in the laundry room or full laundry baskets in each room.

Feeding Your Guests

Whether your guests are staying for an hour or maybe a week, they will need to eat. Have a few things ready in your pantry, fridge and freezer for these occasions is necessary. Grocery shopping regularly is an absolute must to keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked.

When you next make a lasagne, spaghetti bolognese sauce or casserole – make a double amount and freeze one. The same when you making a banana bread or batch of muffins. It’s then easy to retrieve a lovely homemade meal or afternoon tea item quickly from the deep freezer.

A selection of a few cheeses in the refrigerator makes a wonderful cheese plate accompanied by an assortment of crackers from your pantry. And don’t forget, having the ingredients for a delicious apple crumble or crisp in your pantry ready or a sorbet in the freezer covers off a last minute desert.

A well stocked bar, bottles of red & white wine, along with a couple of bottles of sparkling water & a jug of citrus juice, with a variety of teas and coffees in the pantry takes care of  the beverages.

The Guest Bedroom

Having dedicated guest bedroom and maybe even bathroom ensures that you can be organized ahead of time.

Actually spend some time in your guest bedroom and consider –  the amount of natural light available in the room, comfort of the bed, noise level from outside, storage & hanging space, ease of using the bathroom, using artificial light to brighten the space and extra pillows & linens.

Always strip the bed after each guest has stayed and launder everything, remaking the bed and freshening the space ready for your next guests. Have some toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body moisturizer, face cream, toothbrushes and a hair dryer in the room just in case they forget anything.

A small selection of magazines and books stored on the shelves of the nightstand will give your guests something to read and occupy themselves if they wake up early.

Always ensure that you have 2 clean towels and hand towels with accompanying face clothes for each guest. Have your guests towels a different colour to your family towels, launder these immediately after your guests leave ready for next time.