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15 Quick Tips for a Guest-Ready Holiday Home

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the thought of getting your home ready for the holidays?

It’s stressful to say the least, right?

Sometimes it’s nice to get a little help in the form of quick tips on cleaning, decorating, and organization.

You may not need every single idea.

But it only takes one really good tip to transform a home.

Over 79,000 people have shared these projects with their friends. So I’m willing to bet that’ll you’ll like them, too.

Quick and Easy Way to Make Tile & Hardwood Sparkle

Quick and Easy Way to Make Tile Sparkle

If you don’t have time for a deep clean and just want your tile or hardwood to sparkle, then use Windex.

Rebecca shares this tip and learned it while cleaning condos over the weekend.

I like it because we’re usually in a huge rush right before guests arrive and this will truly come in handy.


Clean Hard Water Stains with Vinegar

Clean Hard Water Stains with Vinegar

Hard water stains can ruin silverware, glasses, coffee pots, you name it.

Alicia shows you her special technique for eliminating this grimy look. Who knew it was this simple?


Power to the Lemon: 10 Amazing Household Tips

Power to the Lemon

There’s a ton of hidden cleaning potential in lemons and you’ll want to find out all the juicy tips.

BrightNest gives a short, and surprisingly sweet (because it’s about lemons), lesson on how to brighten your whites, freshen the garbage disposal, repelling ants, and more.


How to Make Your Towels Smell Fresh and Clean

How to Make Your Tiles Smell Fresh

Are you having overnight guests?

Follow Angela’s cleaning prescription to get your towels smelling fresh – c’mon, impress your guests!


Create Your Own DIY Wine Rack for $15

Create Your Own DIY Wine Rack

It’s amazing what you can do with a few supplies from the hardware store.

Ashley and Whitney walk you through how to make this rustic wine rack. You’re friends will ask how you did it, guaranteed!


Dishwasher Cleaning Tips

Dishwasher Not Cleaning

Have you ever pulled “clean” dishes from your dishwasher only to discover they look terrible?

I created this post because of this exact problem and shared 5 quick tips you can do to get your dishwasher working like a champ again.


Update and Organize Old Kitchen Drawers

Update and Organize Old Kitchen Drawers

Is your kitchen utensil drawer a mess? Maybe utter chaos is a better way to put it.

Tami came up with a solution that’s quick and straight forward.


Use Shampoo to Clean Glass Shower Doors

Use Shampoo to Clean Shower Doors

That’s right, shampoo isn’t just for hair.

Thank Janette for this golden nugget on cleaning showers (which always seem to get disgusting over time).


Clean Carpet & Upholstery with Laundry Detergent

Clean Carpet & Upholstery with Laundry Detergent

Do you have a go-to  stain remover for carpet or furniture?

Leslie will save you a headache or two or three by getting stains out quickly. If you’ve got kids check this out!!


Keep Clutter Off the Kitchen Counter

Keep Clutter off the Kitchen Counter

Oh my word, I think we all have clutter on the kitchen counter.

Christina’s wall storage system is just what most of us need.


How to Clean Blinds – The Easy Way

How to Clean Blinds the Easy Way

Blinds get icky pretty fast.

Ellora’s tricks for cleaning blinds have been shared on Facebook over 7,500 times! It’s far easier than you think to get them looking good in no time.


Wash Windows Like the Pros

Wash Windows Like the Pros

Windows take a beating in the fall. Squirrelly weather coupled with kids hands = a window’s worst nightmare.

Denise will help you get your windows shiny and clean.


$35 Kitchen Table Makeover

$35 Kitchen Table Makeover

Do you need a kitchen table makeover?

This project will show you the possibilities on a low low budget – I’m talking less than a night out at the movies.


Repurpose Drawers into an Antique Storage Solution

Repurpose Drawers into Storage

We’re always looking for a spot to store extra pillows or blankets, how about you?

Claire came up with a creative way to salvage old drawers and make them a fantastic storage solution.


Make Vintage Signs from Pallet or Barn Wood

Vintage Signs

Vintage wood signs can go with any decor.

Get some tips on how to make your own this holiday season.


Which project do you like best? Let me know down in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading, watching, and adding your own genius to the discussion.

Warm Regards,

Jeff Patterson





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10 comments… add one

  • lesley November 20, 2013, 10:57 AM


    Thanks for including Mom’s window washing post in the round-up. I see at least many tips that I am going to have to use. The Dishwasher one is my number one to try!!! Great job.

    • Jeff Patterson November 21, 2013, 5:47 AM

      Thanks Leslie, I hope that tip helps you out. It did for me and there’s nothing more frustrating than dirty dishes after cleaning them!! Let me know how it works for you.

  • Tami @ Curb Alert! November 21, 2013, 1:47 PM

    Jeff, what a great roundup! Thanks again for including my kitchen drawers. We have moved since the post was written so I am about to try it again on my new home! LOVE your blog and look forward to reading more of your tutorials!

    • Jeff Patterson November 21, 2013, 9:11 PM

      Thanks Tami, congrats on your new move. It’s always so exciting to setup a new home. Keep up the great work.

  • jb @BuildingMoxie November 22, 2013, 11:06 AM

    super roundup Jeff. Love the new header too. oh. and happy Thanksgiving my friend. ~jb

    • Jeff Patterson November 22, 2013, 11:32 AM

      Thanks jb, hope you and your family have a great holiday, too!

  • Jan Elizabeth November 23, 2013, 12:26 PM

    Hi Jeff,
    Excellent list of tips! Thanks for compiling that. I think my fave is also how to clean the dishwasher – I got a chuckle out of the spouse’s toothbrush! Lol. I recently signed up for your blog and am really enjoying it. Cheers!

    • Jeff Patterson November 23, 2013, 12:29 PM

      Thanks Jan.

      Yah, don’t use your spouse’s toothbrush for anything. Lol.

      Thanks for signing up. Always let me know if you’ve got a question. I’d be happy to help.

  • Caleb December 9, 2013, 11:14 AM

    Thanks for the tips. These will help when family comes into town.

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