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The “Company’s Coming” Get-It-Clean Checklist

Expecting guests—for a few hours, or a few days? Cleaning expert Melissa Maker breaks the prep work into manageable chunks in this easy-to-follow checklist.

1 Week Prior

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    Clear out the fridge to make room for the food you’ll need for company.

  2. Check

    Change guest bedroom linens, vacuum, and make space in closets and drawers for your guests’ belongings.

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    Check inventory of guest towels and toiletries.

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    Launder tablecloths and linens. (Pull them out of the dryer immediately to avoid the need for ironing.)

3 Days Prior

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    Declutter common areas. Tight on time? Deposit stray items in a large basket and stash it in an out-of-the-way spot. Set a reminder to unpack it once the holidays are over. 

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    Dust and wipe down mirrors and furniture. 

1 Day Prior

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    Clean guest bath and powder room, placing anything nonessential in a basket under the sink. Add fresh hand towels and refresh the supply of soap and toilet paper. 

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    Launder pet beds and change kitty litter. 

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    Lay out your outfit for tomorrow. 

Day Of

  1. Check

    Empty garbage and sweep floors.