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9 quick tips before your guests arrive for Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal in my family. With everything you've got going on in the kitchen, who has time to deep-clean the house? We're here to say you shouldn't stress about dusting, cleaning the bathrooms or mopping the floors.

Instead, just do these 9 little things to ensure your guests feel relaxed and comfortable in your home.

Consider this your low-pressure checklist to making things comfortable for your guests. If you don't get to it all, no big deal! But if you have an hour or so to tidy (or someone else to do it for you — thanks, Mom!) then these are the spots we'd hit first.

9 Easy Steps to Get Your House Ready for Guests

1. Clean the bathrooms. If you only have time to clean one room in your house other than the kitchen, make it the guest bathrooms. Most guests can handle a little dust on the coffee table or lint on the carpet, but a dirty bathroom is most unpleasant. Scrub and wipe down the toilet and sinks, wipe the mirror, restock the toilet paper, empty the trash can, put out a fresh hand towel nicely folded, great smelling hand soap and then light a candle right before everyone arrives.

2. Vacuum. Quickly run the vacuum in the rooms where your guests will be: entryway, bathroom, dining room, living room, maybe a guest room. Wipe the kitchen countertops. You've worked hard over the last few hours, and your kitchen shows it — but it'll show it less if you wipe off your counters!

3. Mop the kitchen floors and the high traffic area with a clean smell. The same goes for the kitchen floor. Sweep away the crumbs and quickly wipe up any drips or splatters you see.

4. Empty the kitchen sink; load and start the dishwasher. Let the first of (likely) many dishwasher cycles run while your guests are arriving. If you have time, unload it before everyone sits down to dinner. If you don't have time, no worries. At least you'll have a clean sink and no dishes stacked on the counter.

5.. Straighten and feather dust. Again, focus on where your guests will be. 6. Remove clutter and then dust the major surfaces. I usually focus on my ceiling fans, coffee and side tables, electronics, and low shelves. Fluff the living room pillows. So you took a power nap while the pies were in the oven? Yay, you! Fluff those pillows, my friend, and your guests will never know.

7. Adjust the lighting. Turn off overhead lights and turn on lamps. Light some candles. This draws the eye away from any areas that weren't deep-cleaned and just makes everyone feel cozy.

8. Clear a place for coats and bags. If you have a coat rack in your entryway, empty it to make room for your guests' belongings. Or, make up the bed in your bedroom or a guest bedroom for everyone to drop their coat and bag.

9. Put on some music. You've done the minimum amount required to get your place looking good, and that's totally fine! Now, put on a little music and you're done. If you want to save time call a house cleaning service. What easy steps do you take to get your house ready for Thanksgiving?


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