How I Prep My Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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This year we are hosting Christmas dinner which means this week is full of cleaning, organizing, and polishing everything in the house so it's ready for my family.   So what do I do exactly? Well let's take a look....

|1| Sweep Outside

Since the first thing guests see is the walkway, I make sure it's always swept clean.  This also ensures that people won't track leaves, tanbark, and dirt into the house when they enter. I'm hardcore with this so I use a Black & Decker 24" Push Broom that can be used indoors and outdoors.  It has a Clic 'N Loc Ratchet system so the handle won't come loose and the bristles are soft on the outside to get the finer dirt, while the inside is stiff to help move the touch messes.  With a steel pole, I know this thing will last years and years.

|2| Prep the Furniture
I have 4 dogs.   Needless to say, my couch will be a furry mess one day after I vacuum it.  So right before my guests arrive I go crazy with the Evercare Fur Erase Roller.  It has little rubber agitators that remove fur super fast and get the stubborn clumps of Stella's long fur.  The lint roller picks up whatever is stirred up by the rubber part.  I love this thing.  I always keep it close by.

|3|  Clean the Toilets
It's a guarantee that my guests will visit the restroom a few times at our Christmas dinner so I have to make sure the toilets are super clean.  I love the Mr. Clean Bowl Brush & Plunger Set.   With a non slip base, it gives me easy storage for both these tools. The plunger is always nearby God forbid something happens, and it's easy to scrub the toilet bowl really quick before guests arrive.  

|4|  Fragrance
I can not have people in my house with my essential oils from Annmarie Gianni in my diffuser! They are so easy to use! I just put a few drops in the diffuser and VOILA!   Each essential oil has a different purpose. 

Calm has spruce, frankincense, rosewood and lavender.  It The floral and spruce mixture is great for a clean crisp fragrance throughout the whole house.  It's actually perfect for this time of year too!

Love has sandalwood, rose, jasmine, and frankincense and I just love that these are aphrodisiac oils.  This blend represents love, compassion, and acceptance.  The jasmine and rose are the perfect blend of florals for this oil.

Vibrance has ruby grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, lavender, clementine, jasmine, and rose. It's a very uplifting blend and the citrus notes bring energy and act as natural antidepressants. 

Passion has buddha wood, sandalwood, rose, amyris, and frankincense and is great for helping me relax and awaken my sensual side. It's great when it's just me and James having an indoor date night. 

Grounded has sandalwood, cedarwood, amber, ginger, and tumeric.  It's a great balance that brings peace and clarity. It's very earthy and I usually use this one the most. 

These are all amazing!!

So what do you do to get your house in order?

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  1. Great tips! I'm hosting Christmas Eve dinner and have been stressing about cleaning before and after. Will definitely be using a few of these :) My Roomba is probably my favorite thing ever because I can turn it on while I cook or clean other things and it just vaccuums away.

    Sarah ||

  2. I think I'm going to have to get myself an essential oil diffuser. I burn oils but I think the diffuser may be the way to go at this point!! No muss, no fuss!! Merry Christmas, Ellen!


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