Since J and I bought a house, we quickly learned how friggin’ HARD it is to take it from a moving dumping ground (ie. living out of boxes everywhere) to an entertaining powerhome. We first moved J’s small apartment, then moved my stuff from college. And man, you KNOW two moving days was a fun time (especially if you follow me on Snapchat: erica_lig). HA.
We finally got to feeling like the boxes were dwindling down…even if the box contents were all over the floor, at least the boxes were gone! #progress. We didn’t want to fall into the Movers Trap, though. Erica, what the heck is Movers Trap? I’m glad you asked. 😉 Movers Trap is what I just termed what happens when you get sick of unboxing and unpacking, so you kinda sorta just stop where you’re at, vowing to get it done “later” and really just losing stuff forever into a cardboard, bubble wrapped oblivion.
We saw the piles piling up, and we thought HECK NO, NOT US.
To really kick our booties into gear, we did what anyone would do in that situation: Schedule FOUR back-to-back days of entertaining.
We had a double date followed by a daytime visit, then a weekend of hosting family overnight. Good grief. Operation Avoid-Movers-Trap-at-all-costs commenced, as did me temporarily losing my marbles. Seeing as we didn’t have a guide book or manual for moving, we just winged it. That ended in a scramble, with J running around with the toilet cleaner brush and me running around stashing things in closets. #nailedit
To avoid the chaos, we should’ve had a better plan from the getgo. But now we know, and we have a slue of go-to essentials now for getting our home spick and span in the nick of time. Steal our 6 cleaning musts for quick entertaining. They’re gamechangers!
First up, throw a quick load of laundry in with any used towels (think: dish towels, hand towels, guest towels, etc.). Make everything fresh with a good clean, like Tide ® PODS ® Laundry Detergent. The Original Scent 42 count tub is great to have in your laundry space for this sorta occasion – you don’t even need the frilly scents! It’s a 3-in-1 laundry solution, acting as a detergent, stain remover, and brightener all in one. Exactly the sorta tool you need when you’re multi-tasking for quick entertaining amiright??? It’s strong, with 90# cleaning ingredients versus the 15% cleaning ingredients of other leading bargain detergents, and it works in any temperature and all washing machines.
Once the laundry is in, I light some candles to get a nice atmosphere started. J and I both lovelovelove scented candles, so it’s part of our everyday routine whether or not guests are coming over!
Next up, we’re flooring it. Our longtime fave has been the Swiffer ® WetJet Mop. We tried other methods before, but J is addicted to the WetJet – ha! We love it so much so that my mom now has one, too. Goodbye to hands and knees scrubbing on the floor! Been there done that, hated every second. The Swiffer ® WetJet Mop Starter Kit is an easy-to-use all-in-one mopping system that traps and locks dirt in its handy dandy pads. This way, you’re not just pushing around the dirt and bacteria like a madwoman (or madman!). You literally just stick the pad to the bottom and put the juice in its place, and you’re good to go. Push and spritz and get a powerful clean.
The nest essential: Restocking on paper products. Make sure you’ve got paper towels and toilet paper galore, because ain’t nobody got time for awkward convos through the bathroom door. Ya feel? Stock up on the good stuff. This is not the time for cheapo generic brands. Invest in the 2-ply. Get the goods, and impress everyone with your obvious class when it comes to the important things in life. 😉 Bounty ® Select-a-Size is more absorbent, so you use less and last longer. In case you’re like me and are clueless when it comes to what “select-a-size” means, I’ll clue you in – it lets you select the size of the sheet you need for all your messes. No more one-size-fits-all sheets. Bless.
And the next obvious must – a well-stock guest bathroom. Charmin ® Ultra Strong in the 24 Double Roll Bonus Pack is clutch – you can still use less, and it’s 2-PLY, PEOPLE. This is big. Treat yo’selves.
And now, the grand finale – making sure everything smells glorious. I’m a big fan of the “Oh we just happened to bake cookies and that’s why our home smells like Tollhouse” approach. But since we’re talking about quick entertaining tips, ain’t nobody got time for cookies. This is serious business, people.
So instead, a quick spritze of Unstopables™ Air Refresher will have to do! I Hate (with a capital H) air fresheners that smell like a nursing home or like a field of completely fake flowers just exploded in your car, Instead, I go with fresh, clean scents. Like this one: “Fresh Scent.” This stuff is supposed to last for up to 6 hours, so we just spray some errrrr’ywhere and let it do its thang.
And VOILA – quickly cleans and guest-ready like a pro.
#CantLieWontLie – moving is hella stressful. To me, the most stressful part was just the neverending nature of it all. The physical moving of gigantic boxes and heavy furniture is straining enough; couple that with hours and hours of unboxing and the more painstaking sister of that – cleaning – and you’re totally pooped.
Moving is expensive enough. After the cost of actually packing and transporting all of your stuff, it’s nice to be able to do things without being tied down unnecessarily to the bank. All of our P&G favorites are available at Walmart. One quick run to the store is a quick cure for all of your cleaning musts for quick entertaining!
Do you have any cleaning musts for quick entertaining?
Obviously we’re still a work in progress, so bestow your own wisdom on us if ya will. Cleaning musts for quick entertaining…and GO. 🙂
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