If you’re like a lot of us, then you’re going to be having people over to celebrate the holiday with you. And as we all know, there’s nothing more embarrassing than having your guests stay in an untidy house. This being a very busy time of year, some of us might not have time to fully spruce up our homes and still get everything else done—all the cooking, shopping and such. But don’t despair, because it’s certainly not impossible. It’s hard work, but there are still a number of things that can be done to make sure your house looks nice and welcoming for your Christmas celebration.
The most obvious thing to do is probably to eliminate the clutter around the home. Even the best of us don’t have completely organised houses most of the time, so you shouldn’t feel bad if you happen to have some papers and clothes lying around. But when we’re dealing with social gatherings, of course, taking the time to make everything look nice and neat is usually a sign of a good host. Before anyone comes over, you’ll want to make sure everything is in its place. Fold and put away all the laundry, sort the papers into their rightful location and throw away trash that might just be lying around. You’ll want to do some of this in advance, because houses have a way of getting messed up again right after you’ve finished all your cleaning. If you have kids, reward them for helping keep things in order—they’ll probably see to it that things stay neat.
Another thing you’ll want to steer clear of is buildup of dirt, mildew and stains. Such things are unsightly and chances are you’ll want to get rid of them even if you aren’t having people over. Fortunately, this is usually simple and easy to do. Eucalyptus and water sprays are very useful in getting rid of stains and dirty spots on counters and tables. It might even help to wash them down with soapy water—a washcloth or sponge will do nicely. Your guests will probably need to use the loo, so make sure those areas are clean as well. Also, if your windows and mirrors are spotted, wiping them down with vinegar and newspaper will clear them up.
You don’t need to go all-out with decorations if you don’t want to, but it can help show your guests that you put a lot of time and effort into planning your party. Even a few simple Christmas lights and candles will do. Just don’t worry about impressing everyone with the most extravagant décor possible—your guests would probably do something simple too if they were the ones hosting.
- Frugal Living