Here we are rolling right through November!
Can you believe it?!
'Tis the season to begin preparing for friends and family to be in and out of the house.
Some of them will be spending the night and that means we need fresh beds and bedrooms for them. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a flash.
I am going to start working on our bedrooms beginning this week so that I can do my fluffing and cleaning little by little. Hopefully by I will have them clean and crisp by Thanksgiving!
I don't work well being rushed these days. When I was a young mother I could work circles around what I can, or want to do now. ha ha.
If you are like me...you want your bedrooms to be sparkling clean and comfortable.
Since I tend not to clean the extra bedrooms as often, I need to deep clean when preparing for visitors spend the night with us.
My housekeeping "to do" checklist includes the following...
- Pull stash of stuff from under the beds. (ha ha...I am soooo bad.)
- Dust and clean under the beds. (Someone might look!)
- Using a long handled duster clean crown moulding, around windows, & ceiling corners.
- Dust light fixture or ceiling fan.
- Dust baseboards, woodwork, doors, and even walls. (I like to damp wipe doors and baseboards.)
- Check for cobwebs in all corners of the room, around lamps, around furniture, drapes, slatted blinds or shutters, etc. (If you are like me...you need to wear your glasses to see the dust. ha ha.)
- Dust and polish all wood furniture. (Where does that stuff come from every 24 hours?!)
- Vacuum fabric headboards, drapes, decorative pillows, etc.(Since we are "allergy" people I am always thinking about dust.)
- Dust lamp shades, and bulbs.
- Move furniture to dust and clean underneath if it has been awhile. (I like to use a slightly damp cloth to grab dust, per my allergist's recommendation.)
- Remove personal items to declutter the room so that there is room for the visitor's stuff. (One of our bedrooms has a home office in the corner...so hubby has to put away his mail, files, etc.)
- Create a comfortable bed! Wash mattress cover. Dress the bed with fresh sheets, a clean comforter or quilt, and extra pillows.
- Wash quilts, matlessé coverlets, etc. Dry clean a bedspread or comforter that cannot be hot water washed.
- Create a visitor tray or basket with personal items... make-up wipes, face wash, small soap, travel toothpaste, travel mouth wash, travel shampoo, hand lotion, Kleenex, a few home decorating magazines, and some chocolates, breath mints, protein bars, granola bars, etc.
- Place soft bath towels and wash cloths on the bed for easy access. (I keep a large zipper bag with fresh white towels just for guests. I don't keep them with our everyday towels.)
- Provide a night light, and perhaps and alarm clock.
- Put a miniature Christmas tree or Christmas decoration in the room for a fun addition, and for Thanksgiving a small pumpkin.
- Provide hangers and hooks or closet space for visitor clothing. If you can provide a couple of drawers that is extra nice.
- Provide a music source and Christmas CDs or relaxing music. (My kids will have ipods. ha!)
- (If you have the space)...Create a coffee or tea tray in the bedroom for early risers. Use an extra-small coffee pot for the hot water source. Otherwise put a tray in the kitchen for those who rise before the rest of the house...adding a muffin or two.
I may think of other things...but this list will be my basic starting point. Ha!
Thank you to Leesa Mattress Co. for reaching out to me to ask how I prepare my bedrooms for guests.
It goes without saying that a comfortabIe Leesa mattress and sheets make for a great night of rest. I am happy to share!
For your viewing pleasure I have some lovely Traditional Home magazine bedrooms for you. (Used with permission.)
Now...I need to get to that checklist of mine! :-)
Thanks for visiting!