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Guest coming over for your big party? Our clever cleaning tips will get your house in order ASAP


Get Fresh

Musty is a definite must not. “Open all the windows to air out the home so it smells clean,” suggests Sabrina Fierman, Vice President of New York’s Little Elves, a premier Manhattan-based cleaning service, then deodorize your space using your favorite scented room spray. Spray pillows, upholstery and other textiles with a fabric spray. Sprinkle scented carpet powder if you’re planning to vacuum. And be sure to light some scented candles—both for the heady aroma and setting the mood. Also, avoid any cleaning products that are overly antiseptic (you don’t want your home to smell like a hospital).

Make a Grand Entrance

You have one chance to make a first impression, and your entry way should feel warm, welcoming and accessible. Is your foyer picked up? Are lights on so guests can see well? If not, Johnson suggests tossing shoes, hats, glove, etc. into bin to be hidden in a closet or off-limit bedroom. Stow mail, change and trinkets in a zip lock bag, and squire away with your boxes of clutter. Then replace burnt out bulbs (inside and out), dust off tables and decorative objects, clear away any cobwebs or dust bunny piles, and spritz the area with your favorite room scent.

A Place for Coats? Check.

Guests need an easy, obvious, and safe place to store their things. If you’d like guests to hang their coats up in the entry way closet, be sure to have plenty of hangers and move your bulkiest outerwear to a spare bedroom. If you’d like guests to remove their shoes, provide baskets or shoe racks in the doorway for easy storage and access. And since, generally speaking, no one should be hanging out in your private space at a party, hard-core bedroom cleaning isn’t a must. However, if you plan to pile jackets on your bed, be sure to give the room a once over and lock away anything too personal.

Defensively Tackle Clutter

In a perfect world, everything in one’s home has a proper place—ha, we wish! “We all have plenty of clutter,” says Debra Johnson, Training Manager at Merry Maids, a cleaning service with more than 1,000 locations worldwide. But before you can even begin cleaning, you need to make it disappear—at least temporarily. The simplest, if shortest term, solution is to grab a laundry basket or box, take a stroll around your abode gathering up anything that isn’t guest-worthy. Then stash your clutter-filled containers in drawers, armoires, closets, under beds, etc. until the party’s over.


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