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Quick organizing tricks to get your home ready for guests

Get your home party-ready by getting rid of

Get your home party-ready by getting rid of the often-overlooked eyesores. Credit: Getty Images/TNS/PeopleImages

Once you've lived in your home for a while, you start to not really see it anymore. The art on the walls, the pillows on the couch and the clutter on the countertop become such fixtures that you simply stop noticing them. But when guests come over, they're sure to see it all.

Before you entertain even a small group, getting your home party-ready can be as easy as getting rid of the eyesores in each room that you simply no longer see. We're looking at you, litter box in the living room. And you, paper pileup in the kitchen. You don't necessarily need to get rid of these items altogether, but relocating them during the party is the quickest, easiest way to make your space look put-together. And you didn't even need to buy anything new.

Here are tips to get your kitchen, living room and bathroom guest-ready.

1. Kitchen

The paper pile: It's time to move any mounds of mail, catalogs and bills on your countertops. If you have time, sort through it all now, but if not, simply relocate it all to a storage box or home office during the party. Just remember to go back to the papers once the party's over.

Small appliances: You may be used to having that blender out, but do you really need it during the party? If not, stash it in a cabinet or pantry. You'll appreciate the extra counter space freed up for meal prep or drink mixing.

2. Living room

Kids' toys: Has your living room turned into a playroom? Grab a storage bin and collect all the Legos, dolls and toy trucks strewn about and tuck it under a bed or in a closet.

Visible wires: Between TV, speakers, game system and phone chargers, it's easy for wires and cords to turn into a tangled mess. Sort through the cords and consider investing in a cable box. To make cords that wrap around the room look neater, order some wire clips that will guide them discreetly along molding.

Litter box: Do you keep your cat's litter box in the living room (or any room where guests will be)? Now's the time to move it to the bedroom or another out-of-the-way spot. Even if you're diligent about maintenance, guests will likely be more sensitive to the sights and smells you've grown used to.

3. Bathroom

Tons of products: It may be convenient to keep a huge collection of products out on your bathroom counter or open shelving, but to your guests, it will look cluttered. Stash all the items out of sight in a bin or basket.

Dingy shower curtain: If your shower curtain is mildew-covered, guests are sure to see it. Now's the time to invest in a new curtain, or grab a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser — it's the secret to quickly cleaning a soap-scum-covered shower curtain.

That old toothbrush for cleaning: Many of us keep an old toothbrush on hand for scrubbing grout lines, but your guests likely don't want to see it. Stash this gross (but necessary) cleaning tool in a drawer.

Cleaning products: Similarly, toilet bowl cleaner and brushes may be essential, but you don't need to leave them on display. Once you've cleaned your bathroom, stash these supplies out of sight before guests arrive.

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