StoneGable is sometimes more like a hotel than a home. We have lots of company! Lots and lots. Of course, I love a house full! But, I don’t necessarily like to clean up after a busy weekend or holiday when we have had guests! By then I’m usually exhausted and not in the mood to clean. Here’s how to survive the aftermath of way too much fun in your house! I’m sharing my top 10 tips… and they will make a huge difference in getting your home back in shape. And maybe save your sanity too!
This week’s Practically Speaking was inspired by two conversations I had earlier this week!
I talked to two of my girlfriends right after the long holiday weekend and they both mentioned they had to get their homes back in order after out-of-town family visited. Cleaning up after overnight guest come is something most of us face. Sometimes the clean up is easy but most often there is lots of cleaning and laundry involved, especially if you are cooking meals too!
It does help to make sure you are straightening up and doing a little cleaning up as you go. No vacuuming or washing windows or raking leaves or anything like that! I like to have fun and talking so being with company always trumps a little cleaning at my home.
Here’s how I get StoneGable cleaned and put away for the next round of guests!
Let’s start with #10…
BE A YES MAN, OR WOMAN
If someone asks to help SAY YES! I know that may be hard because they are guests, but people help because they genuinely want to be helpful! Let them. They can strip their beds, take their towels down to the laundry room, help with the dishes, set the table, and do little things that save the host (you) lots of energy.
# 9 WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK
Work fast and energetically! Put on some fast-paced dancing music, and your running shoes, sing into your duster, and get busy! Set up a positive environment that will make you happy and energetic. This really does work… so you can work wonders!
#8 POOF THE PILLOWS
Straighten up. No cleaning… just STRAIGHTENING! Grab a trash bag and a laundry basket. Starting with the downstairs pick up any trash (not that we are having parties like Animal House or anything), empty the waste cans and use the basket to put all things that don’t belong in the room you are straightening up. Poof the pillows, put away the magazines, put away the coasters, etc. Remember no cleaning… just yet!
#7 A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP IS A GOOD THING
Here’s something important to remember. You don’t have to clean up right away. If you are exhausted get a good night’s sleep and tackle the house the next day. If you work, do a little every day. There is no hard and fast rule about cleaning up right after your guest’s car pulls out of the driveway! Don’t let a messy house after guest stay stress you!
#6 LET’S GO OUTSIDE
Don’t forget about the outside of your home. If your family is like mine we love outdoor games. The back porch, patio, and the yard get used hard!!!! I like to enlist Bobby to do the outside clean up! I like to make him put away his toys!
#5 IT’S A DOG’S LIFE
We are a dog friendly home. Many times we have 3 dogs running around the house! And that means someone should go on outside poop patrol! Believe me, you don’t want to leave this off your clean-up list!
#4 NOW CLEAN
Now that you home is put back together work on cleaning one room at a time. Not all the rooms in your home may need to be cleaned. I usually start in the kitchen. If my kitchen is a messy my whole house feels messy to me! Start with the room that will make you feel the most accomplished. It will motivate you to clean the rest!
#3 DON’T FORGET TO FLUSH
Clean the bathrooms. After the kitchen, I usually clean the bathrooms and then the upstairs.
Get them sparkling clean. Did you know that I can clean a bathroom in under 10 minutes? I should do a post on that! Maybe I will!
#2 TIME FOR BED
Strip the beds right away and get them into the laundry. I start this job first because by the time they are washed and dried I’m usually done cleaning up and the bedding is ready to go back on the bed!
#1 COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
After your guest leave take a few minutes to be thankful for the opportunity and blessing of having people in your home. Creating memories and relationships are worth a little extra work!
There you have it. The list may sound like a lot of work but hopefully you will have some help.
StoneGable holds decades of laughter, memories, life’s events and more blessings than I can count. A little mess and clean up is nothing in comparison. I wish you this kind of a home too!
Now, it’s your turn! Give us your best clean up tip!
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