I have two adorably mischievous cats, Henry and Rosie. We love them so much, but for being so small they can make a mighty big mess. Between the litter box, the toys, the accidents (LOL, with cats there are no, “accidents”) and hair on everything, I am one broken vacuum away from going from cat lady to cat hoarder with stacks of periodicals and dead mice.
Nobody wants that.
So here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your house is always guest-ready and will never land you on a sad reality TV show documenting your filth.
Smell Ya Later:
One of the first things I notice when I enter someone’s home is the smell. I don’t care how tidy the place is; if it smells funky it doesn’t feel clean. You don’t have to have a million lit candles or cans of air freshener in every room, but think about investing in a vapor diffusor and air purifier. These devices do more than just mask bad odors; they clean the air.
I know, I know, it’s your house and you can do whatever you want, but be aware that not everyone who walks in your door loves your pet as much as you do. Personally, I hate when dog owners stand back while their precious pup takes inventory of my lady business or jumps excitedly on my legs, leaving a trail of red scratches. If you want people to feel welcome in your home, you need to respect their space. Think of it this way: If your child were jumping all over a guest would you not tell them to stop?
Hair, Hair, Everywhere:
Furry pet owners know that without our vacuums, chaos would reign. Hairy, sneezy, dusty chaos. Invest in a pet hair vacuum, perhaps one with additional attachments for animal hair and check out this post (http://www.nomodellady.com/2011/12/friday-favorites.html) I did about making DIY carpet powder for additional carpet cleaning! Also, have lint rollers handy in your house AND car so if you ever find yourself halfway to a meeting covered in dog hair you won’t panic!
When/if your pet does have an accident, don’t scramble all over the house searching for paper towels and spot cleaner. Be prepared with a small, portable kit (mine is in a bucket) of everything you’ll need, like carpet cleaner, towels, rags, baking soda, etc. This also comes in handy if you have kids and those kids ever get the stomach flu. Maybe stick a box of wine in there too.
I try to always have the main rooms of my house pretty clean at all times. My kids’ room, my office and the kitchen might be a hot mess, but I can shut those doors if I need to. I hate that feeling of panic I get when someone drops by and my living room is a disaster, so I really try to keep it tidy. Having baskets around the house for quickly collecting toys helps to keep things easily accessible but not all over the place.
Ultimately, these little preemptive strikes make your house easier to manage and better equipped to unite people and animals in harmony!
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[this post could not come at a better time for us with our new puppies running around. It’s a good thing my plan is to eventually rip up the carpet, or I would be in puppy poo hell right now! Each and every one of our flat surfaces are lined with paper towel rolls, wipes, bags, pee pads, but I LOVE the bucket idea! ~ Maegan]