A good friend stayed at the apartment over the weekend, and as I scrambled to get some cleaning done, I figured it would be a good topic to write about and share, as the holidays are quickly approaching. I'm still shocked at how fast this year flew by - Christmas is going to be here in no time at all, so some preemptive cleaning is sure to be on every host's to-do-list.
Clean the Coffee Maker
Chances are, you probably need to do this anyway and there is no better time than before coffee-guzzling guests arrive. Plus, the coffee you make will just taste better if the pot and coffee maker are properly cleaned. I do this by running a solution of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water through the coffee maker. Warning: this kind of stinks when it's all happening, so do this well before any guests will be arriving. You can also run the pot with just water afterwards to ensure that the vinegar has all been flushed through - I usually complete this step.
Clean the Tiles
After you deck the halls, you may not want to even touch your bathroom. Understandable, but it's bound to see a lot of foot-traffic and needs to be addressed. If you're lucky enough to not have any tile or grout to worry about, you may move on from this tip. If that's not the case, try using a mixture of vinegar, water, and lemon juice. I found that this is the only thing that actually makes the tile and grout in the shower area of my apartment actually look clean.
Restock the Bar Cart
Or bar area or fridge; regardless of what you're using to serve refreshments, stocking up on a variety of options and having them organized, is a must for holiday preparations.
Additional Items for Guests
Keep the following items in the guest bedroom and refresh with every guests: water bottles, snacks, towels, and extra blankets. Full disclosure, I don't always have this one taken care of myself, but I think it's a great idea. I know that if staying as a guest, having all of those items on hand would certainly make me feel very welcome.