Last-Minute Tips and Tricks to Get Your Home Guest-Ready

Updated on April 21, 2019
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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

The welcome sign leading into my house.
The welcome sign leading into my house.

Ack! Guests Are Coming!

We’ve all been there. The house doesn't resemble an episode of Hoarders, but it does need attention. It slid to the bottom of the to-do list because you were busy or not feeling well. Then suddenly, you get a phone call that someone is coming to visit. Oh no! Now what? Instead of scrambling around like crazy and stressing out, stop, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Follow these simple tips to quickly get your home under control and guest-ready.

Baking soda and a sponge are all you need to make your sink sparkle and shine.
Baking soda and a sponge are all you need to make your sink sparkle and shine.

The Kitchen

  • Do all the dishes in the sink or load the dishwasher.
  • Clean the sink with baking soda, Comet, or Bar Keeper's Friend. Rinse well for a nice shine.
  • Clear off counters in the kitchen. Wipe them down.
  • Wipe off the stovetop and any appliances on the counter.
  • Start a pot of coffee.

Living Room, Dining Room, Den, Sitting Room

  • Clear clutter. Put items away, or group them together in a container and put it in a closet or a room that you're sure no one will be entering. You can tend to those items later.
  • Quickly dust surface areas of the house—your TV stands, chairs, any eye-level furniture, etc.
  • Wipe down any tables.

These are the products I use to quickly clean and dust my home.
These are the products I use to quickly clean and dust my home.

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Bathroom, Laundry Room, and Bedrooms

  • Pick up any dirty laundry and either throw it in the wash or put it in the laundry basket.
  • Fold or hang up any clean clothes.
  • Make your bed. Have your children make theirs.
  • Have children tidy their rooms.
  • Clean bathroom.
  • Take out the trash.


  • Vacuum floors.
  • If you have time, mop.
  • Light a candle or incense. If you don’t have a candle or incense, heat water in a saucepan on the stove. Add vanilla and cinnamon to the water.
  • Optional: Make a package of Break and Bake cookies. This will make your house smell delicious, and you'll have a snack for your guests.

The rug outside of my front door with a funny saying added.
The rug outside of my front door with a funny saying added.

Final Thoughts

Moving at a steady pace, all of the above tasks take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. If you have less time to get your house in order, prioritize the tasks and decide what absolutely needs done before guests arrive.

Remember to have fun and enjoy your company. I grew up with the notion that a spotless house meant success. Everything was always clean, and the house would have passed a white glove test. In the 11 years I've been on my own, I've learned that life happens and no one is perfect. Stressing yourself out over trivial things just isn't worth it. Your house is full of humans and maybe animals, too. It's bound to get a little chaotic now and then. Most people do not care if your house is a little untidy. In fact, their house may be just as messy or even worse. In five years, it's not going to matter. Unless, of course, your house was chosen to be featured in a magazine article.

If you have a few extra minutes, watch the following videos. They made me laugh, and I hope they do the same for you.

Meghan Trainor All About That Bass Parody - "I Just Can't Clean This Place"

Company Is Coming - Chris Fleming

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2016 Alyssa


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