Coping With Messy Guests
- August 3, 2012
- by Melissa Lawrence
Okay, I admit it. I am a little bit of a neat freak. I just am. So when I saw this Confession on Scary Mommy’s site about how frustrating it is when people come over and mess up your house, I had to laugh. I really felt for this mom when she described her friend bringing over their messy kids, arms full of Play-Doh and non-washable markers! Now that is a disaster in the making. I’m sure this has happened to you, too. You’ve just spent all day getting ready for your guests and once their children cross the threshold of your front door, every wall becomes a canvas and your couch becomes a trampoline!
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Over time I have developed a few home organization tips for coping with this problem and you can never have enough advice on how to deal with this so please share yours below!
How to Be a Good Hostess (while keeping a clean house!)
Leave the mud outside (where it belongs): This first tip is really a psychological trick. During rainy or slushy days, keep your shoes in a visible place next to the front door. This will act as a reminder to guests that your muddy rain boots or wet snowshoes are allowed nowhere near your new carpeting! And if a guest comes racing in with their shoes on, be calm but firm and let them know that in your house, shoes are to be taken off before entering. Easy as that!
Food only in the kitchen: If you want to know how to keep a clean house, food has to stay in one room! As tempting as it is to grab a bowl of popcorn and a large glass of soda into the family room to munch on in front of the TV, restricting eating and drinking to the kitchen only will drastically reduce spills that are impossible to clean up! Also, remember to remind guests to wash their hands before and after eating.
White sheets aren’t just for Halloween: This is a tip I learned from my grandma. If you’re expecting a large gathering, cover the furniture (especially chairs in the dining area) with white sheets that you don’t particularly care for. This will keep spills from hitting the furniture directly and crumbs from getting wedged into the smallest crevasses. It may look silly, but it works!
How do you keep your space clean while guests are visiting? Comment below, I’d love to hear what you have to share!
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