How to Speed Clean Your Home for the Holidays

Get your home in tip top shape for guests this season with these expert tips (16 Photos)

Tobey Grumet on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:04AM

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How to Speed Clean Your Home for the Holidays

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Make a Good First Impression

When your guests walk through the front door, they don’t want to be hit with an eyeful of your family’s coats, shoes and keys. So make your home’s entryway a focus of your cleaning efforts. “Remove excess items to make space for guest coats, bags and shoes,” says Amanda Wiss, Professional Organizer at Urban Clarity. “Set up a collapsible coat rack if there's room -- it saves people from traipsing through your bedroom, which allows you to focus on other areas. Designate a chair for guests to leave hostess gifts so they won’t be spread throughout your home.”

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