There are two types of people in this world: those who jump for joy when they hear their parents are coming for a visit and those who jump over to the liquor cabinet for a stiff drink when they hear this news. (You don’t have to tell me which one you are…but just so you know, there’s no liquor cabinet at my house! HA!)
All kidding aside, when mom and dad are coming for a visit, you need to get your home ready for them. Here’s how to prepare your abode for a smooth and stress-free visit.
Get Ready to Clean
If your home is typically always company-ready in terms of its cleanliness, you can definitely skip this step. But for the 99 percent of you who need a little assistance in this department, take heed: while you’ll have to spend some time tidying up your house for your parents’ visit, you don’t have to lose your mind in the process.
If you are like most homeowners, spring is a time when you get to work tidying up around your spaces. The season is a great time to declutter and straighten up your home. This year, there are many tips you can follow to help you streamline the process, and having an “order” to your spring cleaning can help you spend less time on the process overall!
Declutter and Downsize
To begin, declutter and downsize. Think about areas in which you have a plethora of STUFF. A closet is a great place to start! Most people have tons of clothing in their closet and never wear it all. You can essentially create an amazing amount of new space in your home by decluttering just one closet. The kitchen is another area where you might have a ton of items that need to be weeded through. Take some time to think about additional areas in your own home that hold the most stuff and focus your attention on those spots!
I’ve heard it said that, as a mother, one of your most often-used phrases is, “What IS that?” And I’m here to tell you, IT’S SO TRUE.
I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve said that to my 2.5-year-olds within the past few months. Or sorted through their laundry and said that. Or walked into their play room and said that.
And why is it that whatever kids seem to be doing, or whatever they’ve left behind, is always STICKY?! Why can’t it just be some kind of a nice, dry, sweepable mess? Easy to suck up in the vacuum or adios with a paper towel? That is just never my luck!
So when Sara from GoopAway asked if I was interested in reviewing their product, I instantly knew what I needed that product for! But I also didn’t understand why this product might be different from any other sticky-mess-cleaning product…so I said, why not? Let’s check this out!
GoopAway is a safe and eco-friendly goo, gum, goof, crayon (and more!) remover. The unique aspect of this product is, it’s 100% natural! GoopAway is fully derived from plants, not petrochemicals! And if you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time, you know that I prefer an all-natural product over one filled with chemicals. Especially when I’m using it around my toddlers.
And that’s exactly who I needed to use it around. Take a look at this:
Cute, right? That is the twins’ toy box – complete with hand-painted lettering and a Cinderella’s castle and coach. But here’s what you can’t see in this picture…
When it comes to household chores, does it feel like they’re never complete? Especially at the end of winter, when we’re just completely OVER the dreariness that’s been our lives the past few months, and SO ready for some sunshine?
How about a few ways to bring life back to your interiors? Check these ideas out…
Vacuum the carpets
It may sound like the most mundane of cleaning tasks, however, vacuum cleaners by Bissell can make even the mundane – such as removing the dust and dirt from the area’s carpets – an easy step to having clean and tidy floor spaces. After all, who doesn’t love those vacuum lines after a job well done?
Have I mentioned that my husband works in homeowners insurance? (He actually has worked in auto and flood insurance, as well, but the homeowners is his true love, and he’s pretty durn good at it!) So over the years I’ve learned a bit about the really BAD things that can make or break your homeowner experience. One of those? MOLD.
Now, water damage can come from a wide variety of sources in human living spaces, and when it does it requires an immediate response to avoid further damage and deterioration. Water that has escaped from pipes due to plumbing conditions can present different issues depending on where it came from. Each type of problem will need its own specific solution.
Water that has escaped from the intake lines is generally pretty clean and the most important thing to do will be to control the escaping water and keep it from soaking into the home. If the water comes from the pipes leaving your home, the problem is very different.