Simple ways to have your home ready for your holiday guests

By on December 1, 2013
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By Leslie Reichert –

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. (Psalm 127:1-2)

Stressing over cleaning your home is the last thing you need during these busy holidays. Instead, use these simple tips to clean quickly so you can enjoy this special time with family and friends.

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Drapes looking a little dusty?

Instead of washing, drying and ironing your curtains, just drop then into the dryer. They will come out clean and fresh. Don’t even have time to take down the curtains? Use your dusting brush on your vacuum to give them a quick dusting.

More dust that you can handle?

If you are noticing a light film of dust on your furniture, just use a dry microfiber cloth to go over it. This simplifies dusting and cuts the cleaning time in half.

Your guests are at the door!

So you’re out of time to clean – there’s a quick way to make your home “look” clean. Dim the lights. Lowering the wattage will hide the dust and give your home a romantic look – perfect for entertaining!

The best advice about cleaning up for the holidays – Let it go! Do the best you can to get ready and then leave the stress and worry behind and enjoy your friends! The holidays are a perfect time to celebrate the real reason for the season: The birth of our Savoir.


Leslie Reichert is known as a Green Cleaning Coach. She is an author and spokesperson for the green cleaning industry and is a teacher of green homekeeping. She is a national lecturer, a contributor to a The Daily Green, which is a Hearst publication, a frequent homekeeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners. The Joy Of Green Cleaning is a collection of 99 homemade recipes that have been tested and proven to work as well as “store-bought” cleaners. It is available at, Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast or online at

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Simple ways to have your home ready for your holiday guests