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How NOT to Clean Right Before Your Guests Arrive

If you’re like me, then about half an hour before any house guests arrive you frantically run through the living and dining room, sweep any evidence of actually living in your home off of your surfaces, and jam all that crap into the nearest drawer/cabinet/closet to create the appearance of cleanliness. I would literally sweep clutter under a rug, if I could! Unfortunately, it would probably look lumpy under my flat-weave carpets.

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Posted on Dec 22, 2017

​3 Steps to a Truly Spotless Toilet (So Your Guests Won’t Judge You)

I hate to admit it because I consider myself a nonjudgmental person, but I have been known to say that “you can always tell how clean a person is by how clean their toilet is.” Which is why the first thing I rush to clean when people are coming over is the toilets they might use. Here’s how to clean your toilets absolutely spic and span-ly so no one will think any less of you.

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Posted on Dec 20, 2017

​6 Things You Can (and Should) Clean in Somebody Else’s Home

No matter how familiar you are with your hosts, staying over makes you — by definition — a guest in someone else’s home. An extra person in someone else’s space. A gracious host will tell you to “make yourself at home,” but no matter how you choose to live at your own place, there are certain things you must do to be a good houseguest in somebody else’s.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2017

The Apartment Bartender Gives Us His Best Hangover Tips

It’s the time of year for spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and hot buttered rum. We’re all about celebrating the season with loved ones and specialty cocktails, but we want to avoid feeling hungover the next morning at all costs. If a party happens to get a little too merry, understanding why hangovers happen can help you feel more calm and in control the next day. Plus, we sat down with Elliott Clark — cocktail enthusiast, founder of The Apartment Bartender , and one of our most solid Instagram follows (find him at @apartment_bartender ) — to get his tips on preventing and curing a holiday hangover, made up of one part headache, one ounce dehydration, with a twist of heartburn.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2017

A Refreshingly Realistic, “Good Enough” Plan for Cleaning Before Hosting Houseguests

As we’re heading into the season of potlucks, cookie exchanges, and cocktail parties, let’s remember that our friends and family are coming over to spend this special time with us, not to judge our homes. Even if we’d like everything to be “perfect,” we only need to tackle a few issues to make our homes welcoming and inviting. So let’s take the pressure of reaching perfection off the table, give our home a quick spruce up, and get excited about the fun of hosting.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2017

11 Simple Last-Minute Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

The holiday countdown is ticking away at rapid speed. This time of year can definitely get a bit overwhelming, what with holiday parties, shopping, baking, crafting, and all things festive. If you’re hosting a holiday meal and want to make your table extra-special for your guests but don’t have the time or budget to go all out on an elaborate tablescape, don’t fret. Here are 11 simple last-minute holiday centerpiece ideas that will wow your guests.

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Posted on Dec 5, 2017

The “Lost Art Form” Meghan Markle Says Should Make a Comeback

In a world of overflowing inboxes, communication is often instant, nearly constant, and usually “urgent.” And brief, if we’re lucky, because the daily struggle to get to inbox zero is all too real.

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Posted on Nov 30, 2017

Where to Stack Coats and Bags When You’re Having a Big Party in a Small Space — Small Space Problems

Nothing is more fun during the holiday season than hosting friends and family for a gathering. But what happens when you love to entertain but don’t actually have a ton of room or even a proper coat closet to store everyone’s stuff?

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Real People, Real Advice: Hosting Overnight Guests in a Small Home

Last week I asked a number of stylish, smart people who happen to live in teeny tiny homes to share their advice for hosting holiday dinners and gatherings . Their tip and lessons were enormously helpful! In this post, I asked them to tackle the subject of overnight guests — something I struggle to deal with in my small-ish one-bedroom apartment. Many of these folks don’t have any bedrooms, but they’ve shared how they make overnight guests (and themselves) comfortable when they’re sharing their home.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

10 Affordable Hostess Gifts (That Aren’t Just a Bottle of Wine)

When it comes to host and hostess gifts, you don’t want to go too flashy—simple, inexpensive, practical, and thoughtful (and preferably edible, drinkable, or used in tandem with food or beverages alcoholic or otherwise) is the way to go. Which is why so many people show up to parties and holiday dinners with a bottle of wine. It’s easy, it doesn’t break the bank, and it can often be used during the celebration.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

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