Having guests stay with you can be a mixed blessing! On the one hand, it’s great to see friends and family members we don’t get to see often enough. On the other hand, though, getting the house ready for them can be somewhat stressful!
Today we’d like to provide you with some preparation tips to help take that stress away and let you genuinely enjoy your company. After all, the best times in life are the moments we get to share with the people we love.
Hire Housekeeping Help
Even if you ordinarily do your own house cleaning, just this once it can be helpful to hire a professional cleaning company to do the job for you. A team will come into your house or apartment and, working efficiently, get through your whole place in just a morning (or afternoon). They’ll clean your bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and living spaces, going through and vacuuming, dusting, mopping, wiping, and tidying from room to room. It’s a great relief to have the huge job of cleaning your home taken care of so quickly and thoroughly right before your guests arrive! Once your visitors have left, you can go back to cleaning your home yourself, if you like, since the pressure’s off and you can clean at your own pace.
Plan Your Menus
Another great way to take the stress out of having guests staying at your home is to plan meals in advance. This way you can consider food preferences and allergies and come up with menus that will be sure to please everyone. It will also give you the opportunity to purchase ingredients with plenty of time, so if there are any hard-to-find ones, you won’t be scrambling for them at the last minute. Be sure to include some dinner outings while your guests are with you to give you a break from the kitchen and give them a taste of New York City cuisine!
Come Up With An Itinerary
Regardless of the length of time of your guests’ visit, it’s a great idea to come up with a loose itinerary to help structure the days and give everyone something to do. Be sure to build some flexibility into the schedule, though; you may have to swap around outdoor and indoor outings due to unforeseen weather changes, or everyone may decide they’d rather do something else. Go with the flow, but use your itinerary as a great reference.
Treat Yourself To A Massage!
Since you’ll be playing host or hostess for your guests, be sure to take care of yourself first. Treat yourself to a massage before your visitors arrive so you can be as relaxed and refreshed as possible. This way, you’ll have more energy to tend to them; after a therapeutic massage, your enthusiasm level can be downright contagious!
Do Something Relaxing For Yourself
If a massage isn’t your thing, don’t worry; there are many other relaxation possibilities available to you. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you might enjoy doing for your own relaxation:
- Read a book by your favorite author
- Watch a favorite comedy series
- Take a leisurely walk in your neighborhood park
- Enjoy a bubble bath
- Listen to soothing music
- Take an exercise class
- Take an afternoon nap
- Sit down and enjoy a cup of hot tea or glass of iced tea
- Make yourself a fruit salad and savor every bite!
The more you can do to get yourself into a relaxed state, the better you’ll be able to tend to your guests, and the more everyone can enjoy the visit!
Get Your Windows Professionally Cleaned
You’ll want to show your house in the best light possible, and a great way to do this is to have all your windows cleaned! Having them professionally done ensures that they’ll be cleaned the right way, without streaks or stray smudges left behind. What’s more, it frees you up to take care of other things (or even do a few more of those relaxing things we’ve listed in the previous section). With clean windows, your entire home will feel brighter and more inviting!
Have Your Light Fixtures Cleaned
There’s no need to stop at your windows; have your light fixtures professionally cleaned, too! What a difference you’ll notice after your lights have been taken care of. Over time, a lot of dust and grime settles on them, and even though you might get used to it, your guests will surely notice the dirt. Make a great impression (and create a brighter, cleaner indoor environment) by having a professional service go through your home and polish up all your light fixtures, including any chandeliers.
Total Window Service Is Here To Help You!
We are a premier window cleaning company in the greater New York City region, and we want to help you! Whether you’re getting ready for visitors, or you simply need help with taking care of window-washing and light-fixture cleaning chores, you can count on us.
We offer several related services that you might benefit from, including the following:
- Glass Restoration Services: If you have windows that are clouded, yellowed, scratched up, or graffiti-etched, we can restore them!
- Greenhouse Cleaning: We can clean and restore your greenhouses and similar structures.
- Window Film: Protect your family from the sun and bring a little more privacy into your home by having us install quality window film.
- Window Insulation: Prepare now for the cold winter that’s coming by having us insulate your windows.
Total Window Service is also available for commercial window cleaning. For help with your windows, light fixtures, and more, give us a call today!