NEAT AND GREET

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME TIDY AMONG THE GUESTS AND MER­RI­MENT

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON

TO SAY that my fi­ance and I get bom­barded over the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod would be the ul­ti­mate un­der­state­ment.

We cater for friends and fam­ily of all ages and love noth­ing more than en­ter­tain­ing and host­ing guests over the fes­tive sea­son. I look for­ward to it all year.

How­ever I hap­pen to be ob­ses­sively house-proud and strug­gle to cope with the idea of un­wanted clut­ter through­out my home.

Over the years I have dis­cov­ered some sim­ple ways of keep­ing our home clean and un­der con­trol with­out mor­ph­ing into a crazy clean­ing lady.

For those reg­u­larly needed pos­ses­sions that are of­ten moved around, give them with a home by plac­ing a large dec­o­ra­tive bowl on your kitchen bench.

This pre­vents numer­ous piles of clut­ter that ev­i­dently pop up around your pub­lic spa­ces and has the abil­ity to make wal­lets, keys and phones look good.

Out­door hooks are a prac­ti­cal way to neatly present the con­stant turnover of wet pool tow­els and togs.

Give your out­doors that lived-in look with a stylish edge and hang a cute beach bag and straw hat on one of the hooks. It’s func­tion and pretty.

This tip may be a lit­tle OCD for some, oth­ers will love it. I place the ma­jor­ity of our Christ­mas presents in bas­kets and boxes and style them around our tree.

I have two black dogs and white­washed tim­ber floors, so when it comes time to vac­uum I can eas­ily move the bas­kets to re­move all the un­wanted dog hair.

Choose bas­kets, boxes and stor­age items that suit the style of your home and use com­pli­men­tary wrap­ping pa­per to fin­ish the over­all look.

Pur­chase good-qual­ity, dish­washer-safe and stylish plas­tic ware.

As an in­te­rior stylist, I’m not a huge lover of plas­tic kitchen­ware, how­ever for the pur­pose of ease and sim­plic­ity while en­ter­tain­ing, it’s per­fect.

It’s func­tional and safe around the pool, quick and easy to clean and there’s no stress­ful clean-up process if some­one drops a glass.

Del­e­ga­tion of tasks – hosts and guests alike should take own­er­ship of spe­cific chores, whether it’s food re­lated, clean­ing ori­en­tated or sim­ply watch­ing the kids in the pool.

Last but not least, if you have a cleaner, book them the day af­ter your guests leave.

For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

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