getting your home holiday ready (+ a giveaway!)

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With the fun of the holiday season also seems to come a heck of a lot of work. With all of the shopping, decorating, cooking and baking, cleaning often falls last on your to do list but is one of the most important steps when it comes to entertaining. There’s nothing worse than being caught off guard by an early or unexpected guest when your home is still a mess!

To help out with getting your home ready for the holidays, I’ve teamed up with J.R. Watkins (one of my all time favorite cleaning brands!) to share some tips for making cleaning as easy as possible:

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Start off with your surfaces – pick an all purpose cleaner (like this one from J.R. Watkins) that can go from countertops, to wood, to your appliances. I like using microfiber cloths because they work harder than just paper towels and grab onto dust instead of just smearing it around – bonus points for being eco-friendly as well! Just throw ’em in the wash when you’re done cleaning. Make sure you spray and wipe down all major surfaces in three key rooms where your guests will likely be spending the majority of their time: kitchen, bathroom & living room.

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Make the restroom welcoming for guests – be sure to make sure everything is stocked and ready for your guests’ arrival. Have a scented candle, hand soap and a fresh hand towel by the sink and don’t forget to have extra TP handy so no one has to go digging around under your sink ;)

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Be prepared for the clean up – entertaining always comes with the aftermath of a sink full of dishes and glassware. Stick what you can in the dishwasher and treat yourself to some yummy smelling dish soap, a fresh sponge and dish towel for when it’s time to roll up your sleeves and scrub up.

And to make it even easier for you to get your home holiday ready (or help you deal with the clean up), J.R. Watkins will be giving away five of my favorite products to one reader: the White Tea & Bamboo product line (All-Purpose Cleaning Spray, Hand Soap & Dish Soap) and two of their moisturizing dish soaps in Sweet Grass and CitronPomegranate and Acai. You guys, the scents on these are all amazing – I’m seriously in love with the White Tea & Bamboo fragrance AND they pack a serious cleaning punch, all while being all-natural & cruelty free (horray!) 

So here’s how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will run through 11:59 PM on December 11 – good luck! xo.

This post was sponsored by J.R. Watkins – thank you for supporting the brands that support Pretty & Fun. I do my best to only work with brands that I truly love and fit well with my audience and all opinions are always 100% honest and my own.