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Portland’s welcoming community and vibrant culture often make it a favorite destination for friends and family to visit.

With hosting season just around the corner, it’s time to get your home ready to welcome guests and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Whether it’s for the holidays, a special occasion, or just a weekend getaway, these tips will help you prepare your Portland home for visitors.

1. Declutter and Organize

Start by decluttering your living spaces. Clear out any unnecessary items and make space for your guests’ belongings. A clutter-free environment not only looks more inviting but also helps your guests feel more comfortable.

2. Deep Clean Your Home

A clean home is a welcoming home. Consider scheduling a deep cleaning service to ensure your home is in tip-top shape. Our professional cleaners can tackle areas that are often overlooked in regular cleaning routines, such as baseboards, ceiling fans, and hard-to-reach corners.


Getting Your Home Ready for Guests: Preparing for Portland's Hosting Season

3. Prepare the Guest Room

If you have a dedicated guest room, make sure it’s cozy and well-appointed. Fresh bedding, extra pillows, and blankets can make a world of difference. Add a bedside lamp and some reading materials to create a comfortable retreat for your guests.

4. Stock Up on Essentials

Ensure your guests have everything they need during their stay. Stock up on essentials like fresh towels, toiletries, and toilet paper. Consider leaving a small welcome basket with snacks, water, and a note to make your guests feel appreciated.

5. Create a Welcoming Entrance

First impressions matter. Spruce up your front entrance with some seasonal decorations, potted plants, or a welcoming doormat. A well-lit and inviting entryway sets the tone for your guests’ visit.

6. Plan Activities and Dining Options

Portland offers a wide range of activities and dining options, so plan ahead based on your guests’ interests. Create an itinerary of local attractions, shopping (we love the Portland Night Market), restaurants, and events (fall at the Portland Japanese Garden is stunning) happening during their stay. Don’t forget to check for any special dietary preferences or restrictions when planning meals.

7. Childproof and Pet-Friendly Considerations

If your guests are bringing children or pets, take steps to childproof your home and accommodate furry friends. Remove any hazards, secure cabinets, and provide pet-friendly amenities like food and water bowls.

8. Be a Gracious Host

Last but not least, be a gracious host. Greet your guests with a warm welcome, and be available to answer any questions or provide assistance during their stay. Small gestures like offering a cup of local tea or coffee in the morning can go a long way in making your guests feel at home.


Getting Your Home Ready for Guests: Preparing for Portland's Hosting Season

Autumn at the Portland Japanese Garden

Preparing your home for hosting season in Portland is all about creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for your guests. With a little planning and attention to detail, you can ensure that your visitors have a memorable and pleasant stay in the City of Roses. Enjoy the season of hosting, and make cherished memories with your loved ones!

If you’d like a helping hand with the deep cleaning and preparations, contact Maid to Shine. Our professional cleaning services will leave your home sparkling clean and guest-ready, so you can focus on creating wonderful memories with your visitors. Happy hosting!