Helpful Holiday Hosting Hacks From Houselogic

Helpful Holiday Hosting Hacks From Houselogic

National Association of Realtors 

Nov 27, 2017, 13:25 ET

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season can be the happiest and most stressful time of the year, especially when it comes to playing host. This month's "Household Hacks for the Holiday Season" spotlight from, the comprehensive website for home buyers, sellers and owners from the National Association of Realtors®, features six articles containing information, tips and advice on cleaning and hosting, and tricks for fooling burglars when homeowners go out of town.

HouseLogic: Keep Your House Clean
HouseLogic: Keep Your House Clean

Check out the full spotlight at to read HouseLogic's advice for being the hostess with the mostest this holiday season:

The Genius Way to Clean Fast for Last-Minute Guests. Eleventh-hour guests can be a nightmare for any holiday host, especially when it means frantically cleaning every room in the house. HouseLogic has a plan for getting a house clean with minimal effort, including only cleaning areas that follow the path guests will take.

10 Simple Comforts Every Houseguest Will Adore You For.Making a home as cozy and enjoyable as possible for guests is the goal of any host, and it only takes a couple of extra items to make a guest feel right at home. Check out HouseLogic's ideas for making houseguests comfortable, including keeping a supply of phone chargers, outlet converters and power strips in guests' room.

4 Funk Odors In Your House Only Your Guests Can Smell. Homeowners develop 'nose blindness' to some of the most potent odors in their home, but houseguests cannot always ignore them. HouseLogic lists the most common culprits of nose blindness and the best ways to get rid of odors, such as improving the smell of bedding by sprinkling baking soda with a few drops of essential oil on the mattress and then vacuuming it after an hour.

2-Minute Habits for an Always-Clean Home. Sometimes homeowners receive no warning before a guest drops in, so keeping the house clean throughout the holiday season may be necessary. Look at HouseLogic's infographic featuring simple steps homeowners can take to give their home the appearance of being constantly clean, with ideas like always keeping the kitchen sink empty of dishes.

6 Near-Genius Ways to Fool Burglars Into Thinking You're Home. For homeowners who take off on vacation for the holidays, new apps and technologies have made it easier than ever to trick burglars into thinking someone is home. Check out HouseLogic's ideas for protecting a house while the homeowners are away, such as using 'smart' light bulbs to turn lamps on and off from a smartphone.

'Yikes!' 7 Filthy Spots Everyone Sees But You. Every home has a few areas that go unnoticed and uncleaned; unfortunately, houseguests do notice these spaces. Take a look at HouseLogic's list of the most common spots homeowners are likely to forget to clean, including light fixtures, drawer organizers and appliance handles.

For more information on how to keep a make this holiday season clean, calm and cozy, visit

HouseLogic is a free source of information that helps consumers make smart, confident decisions about all aspects of home ownership. Made possible by Realtors®, the site helps owners get the most value and enjoyment from their existing home and helps buyers and sellers make the best deal possible.

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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