If you have the chance to space out your cleaning, start with the tasks that might not need to be touched up the day your guests arrive. Cleaning windows and blinds, wiping ceiling fans, and corners of the rooms to help get rid of any dust and cobwebs. As you go through the rooms, start rounding up the laundry! Grab all towels, blankets, sheets, and table linens. If you have any stains on your tablecloth, make sure to soak it before washing it for the best chance at removing the stain.
In a few rooms of your home, there may be miscellaneous clutter like toys, clothing, or boxes you haven’t touched for a while. Gather up these items and set them in closets or other available storage. It might not seem like a big difference, but clearing off surfaces is an easy chore that can make a room feel bigger. While doing this, wipe off the tops of any furniture and put away any unnecessary belongings.
High Traffic Areas
As you get closer to your guests’ arrival, you’ll begin to start cleaning your bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, and any other common areas. As you go through your bathroom cleaning, make sure you have enough toilet paper, clean towels, and soap. It’s a nice touch also to have travel-sized toiletries for your guests such as shampoo, extra toothbrushes, and deodorant in case they forget theirs.
Your kitchen is a popular area during this time. Not only is there cooking taking place, but people tend to gather in the kitchen to catch up, especially when getting drinks or food. Organizing your countertops and cleaning out your fridge will help make room for your guests and anything they may bring, and also help you finally get rid of those leftovers you’ve been too scared to touch. While wiping down your counters, don’t forget your microwave!