• Andrea Needham

About to Say, ‘I Do’? Time to Prepare Your Home


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Weddings are magical, beautiful, and stressful. They require so much preparation, and there are countless decisions to make. Should you have a small or large wedding? Will it be in a church or outdoors? Where do you buy the cake? Should you have the reception catered? These are just a few questions most couples ask as they plan the big day.

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First Impressions

When you have guests in town for the wedding, you want your home to look its best. What's one of the first things guests see when they visit? The front door. First impressions count, so make sure the entryway is spotless. Get a broom and remove all traces of cobwebs. Take the time to sweep the porch and front steps of any dirt and debris. Wash the door glass to ensure it sparkles.


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Clean Your Floors

Is there anything worse than looking down at your socks and seeing them discolored - or worse, something is stuck to the bottom? According to Reader's Digest, keeping your floors clean is one of the most important things to do to prepare for visitors. In other words, vacuum the carpets. After sweeping, shampoo them, too. You can rent a carpet shampooer from a home improvement or big-box discount store. After you deep clean those carpets, mop the rest of the floors. No one wants to take home souvenirs from your kitchen tile.

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Declutter

Guests feel uncomfortable visiting a home crammed with stuff. Declutter your home months before your wedding day arrives. Go through each room and get rid of things you don't' need.

Old clothing and other unwanted items should be sold, donated, given to friends, or thrown away. You're already dealing with enough stress leading up to the big day. Why not lighten that load and turn that clutter into calm. When you're'You're done, not only will you get your house visitor-ready, but you will also relieve some of the pressure that goes along with planning a wedding.


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Create a Beautiful Outdoor Space

Are you planning a home wedding? Hire a reputable landscape designer to design a space your guests are sure to love. If you'dyou're'You're like to add a patio, you can hire patio landscaping professionals by visiting sites like Angi and getting detailed feedback from like-minded customers. It's a good idea to keep receipts and take before-and-after photos of any improvements you make. These upgrades could boost your home's value if you decide to sell it at some point.


The Bathroom

Don't forget the bathrooms. Wipe down the sink, mop the floor, thoroughly clean the toilet, and scrub the shower and bathtub. You don'tDon't want your guests afraid to enter the bathroom because it's long overdue for a deep clean.



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Clean Everything Else

You want to feel confident about your home's appearance when people visit, when it's before the wedding day or after the honeymDon'tDon't neglect the other rooms in your house. Dust the coffee table, scrub the kitchen counters, and do your best to ensure everything is ready for visitors.



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Manage Time

Depending on your work schedule, you may not have much time for housework. Tackling small cleaning projects bit by bit will keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Use a few minutes each evening to clean and declutter. If you don't have time to get your house spotless, consider hiring a cleaning service


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Deal with Stress

Work out regularly. During the months leading up to the big day, strive to eat nutritious meals and practice deep breathing exercises. Eating right, breathing deeply, and exercising help to relieve tension. You should also make sure you get enough sleep and learn to say "no" if people want you to take on additional projects.




Weddings are joyous celebrations, but that doesn't mean it's smooth sailing throughout the planning process. A little planning and preparing can make sure your home is ready for out-of-town visitors. Months in advance, deep clean and declutter your house. Hire someone to clean for you if you don't have time to tackle the job yourself. Strive to ease the tension with nutritious meals, exercise, and deep breathing techniques. These tips will decrease your stress levels and allow you to enjoy one of the most important days of your life.


Author: Andrea Needham

Bio:

Andrea Needham is the creator and editor at Elders Day. A lifelong writer, she created her website to share information and resources with other seniors who love living it up as they age. Andrea believes our golden years don’t have to be a time to slow down, and she looks forward to sharing the many health-boosting, fulfilling activities and experiences that are perfect for aging adults.


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