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Get Ready for Summer Houseguests

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It's the season of weekend visitors and we want to help you get your home ready for guests.Whether we are hosting in NYC or in Connecticut, we always try to make our house as inviting as possible for our weekend guests. From keeping things tidy and organized to adding cozy little touches to the guest room, we try to make our guest prep simple and fun.

I'm sharing tips for readying your home for summer guests. And I hope you'll share your tips as well.


1 week before:Find out if your guests have any diet preferences and plan the menu accordingly. I like to keep things casual when we have weekend guests. Plan a simple breakfast buffet, likely a picnic lunch or lunch out and then a more formal dinner. To make sure I don't have to run out while entertaining, I shop and plan the menu a week out. Right now I am loving the Fresh 20 cookbook and Homemade with Love for inspiration.

5 days out:Check your linens and towels and make sure everything is clean and fresh for your guests. I love to add colorful towels to our mostly white bathroom. Why not give your linens a spritz of lavender! For hand towels, a great resource is Hen House. TIP: these hand towels also make great hostess gifts. 

Another nice touch is adding new flip-flops or slippers. I have been known to pack the fancy guest slippers from spas or hotels that they offer as swag and add them to our guest bathroom.

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3 days out:Time to plan some activities. Look for a local farmers market, outdoor concert or other free fun event. It's a great way to share your neighborhood and keep the day fluid and flexible. In NYC, I'm eager to try out the Citibike program. And our go-to favorite is Jane's Carousel in DUMBO.

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2 days out: Tackle the bigger cleaning projects. This is a perfect time to take on stain removal with the Shark® Sonic Duo™. Working a combo of the Shark’s Low Moisture -No Rinse- Carpet Cleaner and the Shark’s Activating Carpet Stain Pretreater you should be able to get most stains out before guests arrive. I was able to attack a six-month old coffee stain with success. It took two treatments, but it worked flawlessly. Shark uses special non-toxic solvents (safe for kids and pets) and works with a water-based system. The cleaner dries pretty quickly, but you will want to plan to give your carpets a few hours to dry. Try to open to windows to speed up the process.

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1 day out:First task, now is the time to tackle your hardwood floors so they look fabulous when your guests arrive. I like to do these after the kids are in bed. That way there aren't little feet dancing around. The cleaner takes about 30 minutes to dry in my loft with all the windows open and the floors look amazing when I'm done.

Then, put together a basket of toiletries for your guests. Apartment Therapy has a great list of essentials here

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The morning of:Pick up some fresh flowers for the guest room (and add a carafe of water too) chill some wine and get ready to enjoy a great time with friends.

I hope you'll share your prep tips! To find out more about the Sonic Duo, you can visit our review post here or visit and follow the buzz with Shark on and Twitter @SharkCleaning

Full Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be serving as an Euro-Pro Ambassador this spring. I’ll be sharing cleaning tips and demos inspired by my testing of Shark products. While this is a sponsored post, it is not scripted. *Test results are based on independent comparison testing against Swiffer WetJet®.**When used as directed.

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