As moms, you know that it’s tough to stay on top of the list of things to do at home. There’s that constant battle whether or not you’ll clean the house, or take care of the children’s needs first. Perhaps you may have even started cleaning the house, then the next time you turn your head, suddenly, another mess has been made. The list goes on and on of a never-ending cycle of chores.
With the holiday season starting, you’d better expect that guests are suddenly going to pop up. There are family and relatives who may be in town. Then some friends may also be looking for a place to stay overnight. What a nightmare it may be for you if the doorbell rings and guests start coming in, and your house is looking like a hurricane has just hit it. You need to clean, and you lack even the basic supplies to keep your guests comfy.
The good news now, however, is that there are things you can buy and do, that can help make your house guest-ready anytime. Yes, even when it’s not as spic and span as those homes on the magazines you’ve been viewing. Here are the top five of them:
- Extra Bathroom Supplies
Some moms may be on the fence about this. Some are totally up for keeping a stockpile of supplies, especially when they’re on sale. While some like to buy only when they’ve run out. To break down the truth for you, it’s better to have extra bathroom supplies on hand. It’s going to save you some of your sanity.
Guests usually bring their bathroom supplies, yes. But, supposing they haven’t brought one, you’re going to have to offer some. You don’t want to have to make a last-minute run to the supermarket to get bathroom supplies. Stock up during the sales. Have at least 2-3 bottles of each staple, on hand.
Doing this comes in handy, not just when visitors suddenly arrive, but even when you run out and you can’t find the time to buy one.
When you don’t have the time to do a deep clean of your home, a trusty vacuum will do the trick. Guests like to walk in a house with clean floors and with a non-dusty atmosphere. The last thing that you’ll want is for them to walk on some leftover spaghetti from last night (gross!). Run around the house with your vacuum. Then your home will instantly feel clean.
A bonus tip also is to pick things up while you go through each room. You can quickly put them in drawers, or the proper place as you run through your entire house.
- Extra Pillows, Mattress, And Sheets
Throughout managing your home, you will have already accumulated a good number of pillows and extra sheets. If you haven’t started collecting yet, then do so little by little. Again, take advantage of sales. When stored properly, these pillows, sheets, and mattresses can last you a very long time. It also comes in handy when guests show up, so you can prepare a comfortable space for them to sleep in.
Mattresses are space-consuming, yes. But if you take a good look around, some airbeds are of excellent quality. You only have to plug it, so air gives it shape. When your guests leave, you can deflate the bed and pack it up.
- Kitchen Appliances
Your house may already be updated with the latest kitchen appliances. Great! If it isn’t, then start investing in some, too. This is a good place to start with improving your kitchen, among all others. You don’t need your kitchen to feel like a café, have the basics. Investing in the proper kitchen appliances can come in handy when you need to cook faster, in larger quantities, and even for the general comfort of guests.
- Coffee makers and tea maker, so your guests can make their coffee as they please
- Microwave, for faster re-heating of meals
- Toaster helps make breakfast cozier, with breakfast sandwiches
- Dishwasher, so you don’t have to do a lot of manual washing
- Well-Stocked Pantry
When you grocery shop and you find good deals on certain staples, go ahead and bring them home. Don’t just stock up for the rainy season, but do so also especially for the holiday season when there are parties left and right, and guests will come in. Having a well-stocked pantry helps you calm down, such that you can easily whip up more food than usual. Just be mindful enough to buy food items with an expiration date that’s way farther ahead.
Having guests in your home is a big deal. At all times, you’d always want them to feel welcomed and cared for. Moms love to give out their best hospitality to anyone that comes by their house. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy, especially when there are just about a million things to get done in a day. This list of five things is a good place to start. Do them or have them in your home, and you can be assured that your home will always be ready even for the most surprising of all visits.