Preparing for out of town guests/ No one likes a stinky house!


There’s nothing more exciting than having out of town family or friends staying with you for a few days! It goes without saying that you want to clean your house, but did you know the first things most people notice is what your home smells like and clutter? If your house smells, most people won’t tell you, but they will tell everyone else!! I have a 3 day cleaning plan to ensure your guests are not uncomfortable, and you won’t be embarrassed. Depending on the size of your home and how much time you have, it could take longer or not as long.

Day 1- Remove dust and other allergens

Take books off shelves and dust, pay close attention to picture frames and any corners of the house. Check your staircase and dust between spindals and any shelving. ¬†Vacuum mattresses of guest beds and wash the bedding. Vacuum furniture. Did you know that lavender oil is a natural disinfectant? Mix a few drops in a spray bottle with water and spray mattresses, the couch, anything fabric that can’t be washed.

Day2- Address any clutter and clean bathrooms and floors

Now is the time to remove any clutter. Kids toys, pet toys, books and magazines, ect. Find a place to keep your things or throw away anything you don’t have a place for. This is when I like to make sure my bathrooms are spotless and I wash my floors and any area rugs or bathmats. Go outside and come back in. What does your home smell like? You can remove tough odors with vinegar. It’s a strong smell, but once the vinegar smell dissipates, so does the bad smell. ( this is why I do it at least a day before my guests arrive) I also take out the garbages and wash the inside of my garbage cans. Address any pet odors, wash dog or cat beds. Give the dog a bath. Change any air fresheners.

Day3- Kitchen,laundry, vacuum and touch ups

On day 3 I wash all towels. I clean my kitchen last because it gets used so much. Last night’s dinner may have left some stains on your stovetop, floor or kitchen cabinets. No one likes strong odors of last night’s dinner!! I vacuum all carpeted areas and furniture again. I check bathrooms for marks on mirrors or any toilet bowl cleaning that may be needed. Make sure your guests have access to clean towels, extra blankets, sunscreen and bug spray as needed and I think it is a nice touch to provide soap and shampoo and conditioner in the guest bathroom in case they forgot them. I also have disposable razors and new toothbrushes in the cabinet.

I hope you find this helpful