NEAT AND GREET
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME TIDY AMONG THE GUESTS AND MERRIMENT
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.
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