The guest-worthy & stress-free home

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Do you enjoy house guests? Or avoid them?

In New Mexico the holidays start with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October! Many of us host visitors during that time. Others have friends and family who visit during the summertime, or they throw traditional holiday parties and host other celebrations involving house guests.

Or….they avoid company altogether because they are embarrassed about their clutter and other domestic imperfections.

Is your home guest-worthy? Does the thought of having people over cause a small panic attack? Relax, you’ve come to the right place! To take some of the stress out of entertaining, just keep these two things in mind:

1. They are coming to see YOU, not your house.

2. A little tidying goes a LONG way toward the appearance of a clean house. Seriously.

In this Resource Roundup I have gathered all my blog posts that pertain to creating a home you love, keeping it that way, and giving yourself a break. It’s all relative, of course; if your house is a mess by anyone’s standards, you might want to get some help cleaning it up. But sometimes it’s just a matter of relaxing your own standards a bit so you can enjoy your guests with less stress.

I hope these tips will help you enjoy having company again, especially if you have been avoiding it! Let me know what works for you, OK?

Create a home you love

A nice home isn’t just for house guests!
Is Your Guest Room Guest Worthy? — It doesn’t take much effort to make it much more welcoming.

How to Get Organized Anywhere at Any Budget — From free, to cheap, to worth every penny!

There’s No Place Like Home — Get inspiration from your travels.

Home Staging to Stay, Not to Sell — Why wait until you are moving to stage your home?

Keep it that way

WHY I Love Chores –It helps me to remember that it’s a CHOICE I’m making.

Being Organized Isn’t Easy — But it’s easier than the alternative!

Six Organizing Systems Everyone Needs – Intro — Which systems do you have in place? Which do you need?

Give yourself a break!

How Clean Does Your House Really Need To Be? — Have you found your sweet spot?

Give Yourself Permission! — Give yourself permission to relax and/or ask for help!

Embrace the Clutter! –Why not? Fighting it doesn’t help.

Confessions of a Professional Organizer (I’m organized enough, and not one bit more.) — More organizing is just more work.

What about you? Do you enjoy having company?
What do you do to make it stress-free and enjoyable?
Please share with us in the comments below!
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  1. We have a spare room, but there’s no bed in it. Does that answer your question? 😉

    That said, there have been times I’d have liked to offer someone a place to stay for a night…

    • I remodeled my garage as livable space with a Murphy bed and an extra bathroom. That’s how much I really didn’t want guests using the “guest room” down the hall from my bedroom, and sharing my bathroom, LOL! Next step, I think, is to remove the bed from that room altogether.

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