3 Simple Steps to Preparing for Guests

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3 Simple Steps Getting Ready for GuestsIt is officially Summer and the season of fun is underway!  The kids are out of school and parties and BBQs are the norm.  I love Summer because we are off our school schedule and every day is so much more relaxed than the rest of the year.  During the Summer, we have birthdays, BBQs, and local fair days and they all involve having guests into our home.  As a mom of two, I’m always looking for ways to streamline any process and entertaining is no different.  When I get my home ready for company, it comes down to 3 steps:  Cleaning, Candles and Charmin!



Cleaning.  When you know that guests will be in your home, we all want our surroundings to be clutter and dirt-free.  My advice is to do a little cleaning every single day.  I believe the key to a clean home is daily maintenance.  Putting everything in its place at the end of each day helps a lot.  Keep up with the dishes daily and spot clean the kitchen and bathroom at least every other day.  That way, when you are having guests over, getting your home in tip-top shape won’t be a week-long, stressful project!  All I really have to do the day of an event is vacuum and finishing cleaning bathrooms.  Stress-free cleaning at its finest.

Large Candles

Candles.  To me, a home just isn’t complete without fragrance.  I believe in aromatherapy and setting a mood.  Candles just do it for me!  I always have a stash of good candles, and lighting a candle in each room is my last step before company arrives.  I especially love a nice candle burning in the bathrooms (beach fragrances are my favorite) to keep it fresh for guests.  Speaking of…

No Clog Toilet Paper

Charmin.  The last thing I want to do is worry about running out of toilet tissue in our bathrooms.  We stock up on Charmin and rely on their clog-free guarantee so we don’t have to fret about plumbing issues.  With so many folks in and out of the bathrooms when guests are over, it can be a very real possibility with other brands.
The next time you prepare for Summer guests, make it easy on yourself with my three steps:  Cleaning, Candles, and Charmin.  You’ll be glad you did!

What are your best tips for getting ready for guests?


  1. June 26, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I love the candles and the Good Vibes Only framed art. We don’t have overnight guests very often, but when company comes around, those are useful too!

    • Tina Bowling
      June 28, 2015 / 9:46 am

      Thanks so much!

    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      Oh yes! That final last minute check is crucial!

  2. June 26, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    Aside from the stocking up on toilet paper I’d say one of the biggest tips for getting ready for Summer visitors is making sure you have enough healthy food in the house, especially if your guests have food allergies or sensitivities. It’s hard to be able to eat clean when you have issues so making it a little bit easier is always appreciated!
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    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Hey Kayla! I hear you on that one. I changed my diet over the past few months and that’s my biggest challenge is going to gatherings at other people’s homes.

    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Hi Shelley! Yes, I LOVE that paper hand towel idea, I may have to adopt that one!

  3. June 26, 2015 / 11:47 am

    I need to take your advice re: daily bathroom cleaning, lol. I’ve been meaning to clean mine for a while now. I like taking baths instead of showers too so that makes the tub dirtier eventually.

    I also like to keep some Charmin around too! I keep some extra TP on top of the toilet so that people won’t fret when it runs out.
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    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Hey Liz! You know it’s the best thing I ever started with keeping up with the bathroom daily. I admit it’s the task I like the least but that’s why I have to make it as easy as I can. Good spot for extra Charmin!

  4. June 26, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Love the way you clean and I am a candle person too. Toilet paper does make a difference and give me soft and fluffy over thin and cheap any day.
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    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Totally agree, Grace! Thanks so much for reading, we love our soft and fluffy too :).

    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Me too, Karen! I love the “strong” version especially.

    • Tina Bowling
      June 26, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Hey Rachee! Oh my, I must admit I used to be the same way…trying to be less anxious these days 🙂

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