We've all heard the old saying that house guests are like fish...after three days, they both start to stink. However, in both cases, the foulness can be avoided if you prepare properly.
Festivities such as weddings, holidays and graduations frequently include overnight guests from out of town, and all too often we find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to clean the house and search for extra pillows in the midst of the existing chaos of preparing for the event itself. With the holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start laying the groundwork for anticipated visitors by taking some or all of these steps:
We've all experienced a frantic run on toilet paper, bread and water at some point in our lives, in preparation for a big snowstorm or hurricane, but as I learned this past weekend, it doesn't always take a storm to leave you in the dark! Power outages can strike anytime, anywhere, just when you least expect them...like as you are arriving home from the store with a trunk full of perishable groceries...UGH!
Yes, we were treated to not one but FOUR power cuts in a 36-hour period this weekend due to a faulty transformer up the street. Just my little group of eight town homes were affected...lucky us! Fortunately, they restored it once and for all just as I was heading out the door to get ice for my fridge/freezer...but not before my poor hubby, who was off of work and in "vampire mode" (staying up all night and sleeping during the day in preparation for a string of night shifts), had to spend a very long night sitting alone in the dark with no electronics to keep him entertained.
So how prepared are you for an unexpected power outage? Here's a checklist of items you should always have on hand to minimize that powerless feeling when the lights go out:
Most of all, keep a good attitude. While losing electricity can be challenging, it's also offers a great opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, catch up on some reading, and tap into your inner pioneer. Being prepared will help take the stress out of the situation so that you can relax and enjoy roughing it a little.
Valerie Sheridan is a professional organizer, wife, mother of two, and Founder/Owner of EasyPeasy Living.