5 Things to Do 5 Minutes Before Company Arrives

Last week we talked about a few tricks to making your home appear cleaner than it really is when those unexpected guests call to say they are in the neighborhood. But what about planned company? Here are a few tips to making yourself and your home the best in those last few minutes. After all, a first impression is always lasting right?

1. Assess Your Beverage Serving Needs: Although you probably know what you have on hand to serve to your guests, you might not know where your kettle is for tea, or possibly where those cute metal straws you recently purchased are. Find them now so you aren't rummaging through cabinets later.

2. Blow Out That Candle: When company is set to arrive, many of us light a candle or put a simmering pot on the stove to make the place smell good for our guests. That's all well and good, but there's a difference between your home smelling like fresh baked apple pie and that horrible cinnamon broom aisle at the craft store. Little good, lot bad.

3. Check Yourself: After buzzing around and tidying things, make sure you take a moment to tidy yourself. Did you splash water on yourself from the sink? Change your shirt. Was your mascara not quite as smudge proof as the label stated? Grab a cotton swab. 5 minutes all for you, that's a rarity in itself!

4. Double Check the One Thing That Bothers You Most: This will be something different for every person. Some can't stand dust, other's can't stand dishes in the sink. Whatever your biggest pet peeve is, the one thing you know you'll end up apologizing for if your guests see — just take care of it. Even if they never care, your own peace of mind is a good thing.

5. Be Calm for Pets: Some of you might not have pets, but for those of us who do, the last several minutes before company arrives can be stressful. I'm not sure it's a good thing or a bad thing that my animals know that when I tidy the sofa cushions that people are coming over, but these learned behaviors can rile them up and create more chaos than is needed. Spend those 5 minutes with your pets if you can to help keep them calm so a smooth entrance is had when folks arrive.

What do you do in the last 5 minutes before company arrives? Let us know below!

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.

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