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By Kimberly Dawn Neumann | Nov 18, 2016
Hack No. 1: Guard your entryway
Make sure your outdoor lights work and de-ice the path to your door. Also, since your foyer is bound to get overrun with coats and shoes, put away any of your own that you don’t need handy that day.
Hack No. 2: Prep your kitchen
Be sure not to clean dishes off in the sink. … Instead, dump all leftover food scraps into the trash before putting the dish in the sink to prevent clogs. Fortify your trash cans too: triple-line the can so you can save time, replacing the liner every third time. Put newspapers in the bottom of the can to absorb liquids.
Hack No. 3: Bolster your bathroom
Move medications up high in the cabinet, out of reach. Prevent guests from rummaging through your drawers by filling a basket with extra paper goods, hand towels, and air freshener. Add a laundry stain stick to catch spills before they set.
Hack No. 4: Preserve your valuables
If you have precious items or heirlooms that would devastate you if damaged, hide or make them off-limits. Keep your guests in a few key areas by locking doors to others rooms or using decorations as deterrents to entering other parts of your home; a strand of lights across the staircase signals “Please don’t go up there.”
Hack No. 5: Create a cleanup kit
For inevitable spills, consider putting a few go-to cleaning items in a basket—a sponge, microfiber cloth, dustpan, brush (think broken glass), and all-purpose cleaner—and place it out. You might add a comical “oops” sign to the container so guests don’t feel awkward if they have an accident and need to grab it.