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[ THE ] TIPS: HOW TO BE A ROBERTA APPROVED HOUSE GUEST

[ THE ] TIPS: HOW TO BE A ROBERTA APPROVED HOUSE GUEST
I'd like to thank everyone who reached out to us with all of the kind words during the fire. We REALLY appreciate it! Yesterday was a terrifying day, to say the least, but thankfully, my parents and their home are both safe and sound.

In these situations, I'm reminded that I don't do well with crisis management. I basically spent my entire day being a Jewish mother to my Jewish mother. They refused to evacuate because they are equal parts stubborn, and equal parts attached to their home. By late afternoon it was clear that given the choice between an evacuation center or her freshly pressed sheets... she's going to take her chances.

Many of you have gotten to know my mother through Instagram, and she's become our unofficial mascot over the years. So here is an ode to Roberta and the home we all love so much. For those of you familiar with her legendary HOUSE RULES, and those of you who are newcomers, I thought it would be fun to share a Roberta approved guide to being a good house guest. Because let's face it, we all have a Roberta in our lives.

This is mine...

As a guest in my mother's home, you will be given explicit HOUSE RULES (yes, in all caps, always, and never to be taken lightly) and a checkout policy. In other words, Roberta doesn't mess around and neither should you.

Don't believe me? Ask Joanna. The first time we stayed with my parents on a work trip to LA, I had to warn her:
"Do you know what hospital corners are? You are about to meet a woman who takes on the human physical embodiment of hospital corners."

So, let's go over the house rules, shall we? Take notes.

RULE #1


DO NOT under any circumstance known to man, roll your suitcase on my mother's wooden floors. It doesn't matter if you have two broken arms and a suitcase that weighs 100 lbs. If you roll the suitcase on the floor, you might as well roll it all the way back to the airport.

Do your research and invest in a lightweight suitcase that can be picked up, carried, or strapped to your back if need be. As far as you are concerned, the wheels serve no function.

RULE #2


Shoes are prohibited on any carpet or rug within the home. It's best to take them off before you even look at a rug or carpet to be safe.

With that said, slippers or socks need to be packed. There's no "I hate my bare feet" or "I need a pedicure" excuse. You could have an extra toe that scares children. It doesn't matter. The same rules will apply.

RULE #3


Turn the lights off when you leave the room or face immediate eviction. If you tend to forget, make yourself a note. Trust me, Roberta flipping a switch is a lot worse.

RULE #4


If you are wearing makeup or even a tinted moisturizer, do not so much as brush up against one of my mother's fluffy white towels. Don't even use them to dry your hands, let alone your face.

Bringing your own towels is advisable, for both makeup and general use. This includes bath towels, hand towels, and even a robe.

If you plan on using the provided white towels, be proactive about crisis management. Prior to use, do field research on the exact brand and SKU number of the towel so you can stealthily replace.

Case study: Sumner, Joanna, and I were staying at my parent's house. A makeup smudge was found on a washcloth. We all invoked the "I only use makeup towelettes" defense, but we can't be certain who slipped. It could have been any of us. We can only assume my mother has the damaged towels at a forensic lab and will be checking for DNA.

RULE #5


You get one water glass during your stay so pick it wisely and wash it often. If you set it down, you better remember where you put it. And, if you lose it? Too bad.

I bring my own travel water bottle, just in case. Supermodels swear by water as their ultimate beauty secret, so I refuse to go more than a few hours without it.

RULE #6


Don't let the faucet or shower run for more than 5 seconds because WE ARE IN A DROUGHT. I get it...but LET ME LIVE.

A shower is a necessity and not a luxury, so treat it as such. Oh, you need to deep condition your hair and shave your legs in the same session? Good luck. The clock is ticking.

And, if all else fails? Dry shampoo. 

RULE #7 (AKA CHECKOUT)


Upon checking out of my mother's house, you must strip the sheets and put them in a pillowcase, and place the sheets, along with your wastebasket, by the bedroom door.

Place your used towels by the door as well, UNLESS there is a speck of makeup, in which case you should run out the door immediately and never look back.

To expedite the checkout process, bring packing squares  to ensure that no item is forgotten. The only trace that should be left of you is a hostess gift, like a candle, and a thank you note on fine stationery.

 

Lightweight Suitcase

Minnetonka Slippers

Coffee Slippers

Crew Socks

Black Makeup Towel

White Fluffy Towels

Cairo Hand Towel

Terry Robe

BKR Glass Water Bottle

DRYBAR Dry Shampoo

Packing Squares

Voluspa Candle Set

Merci Thank You Cards

Things to Note:

Joanna consistently scores an A+ on house rules, particularly during checkout. I'd say I'm somewhere between a D on the low end and a C+ on the high end. 

The "Makeup on Fluffy Towel" case of 2017 is still on-going and the culprit is still at large. 

Xo Clea (P.S. it wasn't me)

THE Wooden Hanger Packs

You’ll love our new Wooden Hangers because…

They are the slimmest and sturdiest wooden hangers you’ll ever find (we made sure of it!)They come in two shades (natural or black) in 12 or 30 packs! Matching sets are the simplest way to elevate your closet!They are slip-proof for pants, shirts, dresses, etc!Each hanger can hold up to 90 pounds (aka perfect for storing winter coats, duvets, anything bulky!)They are waterproof and won’t warp (aka you can hang your hand wash items on them to dry!)

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Black, Pack of 12
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Black, Pack of 12
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Natural, Pack of 12
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Natural, Pack of 12

THE Canister Packs

You’ll love our new Canisters because…

They are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe!You’ll be able to clearly see when you are running low on your favorite snacks!We added an airtight snap lid for added freshness. The snap sound is what ASMR dreams are made of!You can buy them in packs!They stack! They save space! They make life so much easier!

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The Home Edit 3 Piece Canister Edit
The Home Edit 3 Piece Canister Edit
The Home Edit Small Canister, Pack of 6
The Home Edit Small Canister, Pack of 6
The Home Edit Medium Canister, Pack of 4
The Home Edit Medium Canister, Pack of 4
The Home Edit Large Canister, Pack of 4
The Home Edit Large Canister, Pack of 4

THE Label Packs

You’ll love our new Label Packs because…

They are adhesive,water-resistant, and fully removable!Each label features our signature script in crisp white ink!You’ll have a clear guideline of the most common categories in the pantry and general home!

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The Home Edit Clear Pantry Labels, Pack of 24
The Home Edit Clear Pantry Labels, Pack of 24
The Home Edit Clear Home Organization Labels, Pack of 24
The Home Edit Clear Home Organization Labels, Pack of 24

THE XL Bin

You’ll love our new XL Bins because…

They are the same size as two of ourlarge bins! Double the storage, double the fun!They are stackable!Chances are, if you name it, the XL bin can contain it! Sweaters in a closet, stuffed animals in a playroom, just to name a few.

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The Home Edit XL Bin
The Home Edit XL Bin
The Home Edit XL Bin, Pack of 2
The Home Edit XL Bin, Pack of 2

THE Large Drawer

You’ll love our Drawers because…

They offer a drawer solution anywhere you wish you had a drawer!They blend the functionality of stackable storage with the full visibility of a clear bin!You can buy them as a pack of 2!If you decide you no longer need the drawer component, remove the frame and now it’s an open bin!Yes, they stack!

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THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
The Home Edit Large Drawer, Pack of 2
The Home Edit Large Drawer, Pack of 2

THE Kitchen Drawer Edit

You’ll love our new Kitchen Drawer Inserts because…

They are the longer, slimmer version of theinserts (or baby bins)you already know and love!Perfect for silverware, cooking tools, and even colored pencils in a craft drawer!

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The Home Edit 6 Piece Kitchen Drawer Edit, Plastic Storage System
The Home Edit 6 Piece Kitchen Drawer Edit, Plastic Storage System

THE Desktop Edit

You’ll love our new Desktop Edit because…

You can mix and match the different pieces to fit your needs! Includes a base tray, pen holder, 1 small bin, and 1 small bin with a dividerIt’s perfect for storing items you access on a daily basis, whether it’s for supplies on your desk or makeup on your vanity!

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The Home Edit 4 Piece Office Desktop Edit
The Home Edit 4 Piece Office Desktop Edit

THE Office Drawer Edit

You’ll love our new Office Drawer Edit because…

It includes large, medium, and small inserts WITH REMOVABLE DIVIDERS!!You’ll be able to subcategorize your subcategories if needed!The inserts fit perfectly inside our Walmart bins and drawers! So many options!

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Clear Plastic Desk Drawer Organizers - 6 Pack
Clear Plastic Desk Drawer Organizers - 6 Pack

THE Beauty Drawer Edit

You’ll love our new Beauty Drawer Edit because…

It includes 8 Insert Bins: Large (x 2), Medium (2x), Medium with Removable Dividers (2x), and Small (2x)You’ll be able to separate your smaller categories with the dividers (aka never mistake eyeliner for an eyebrow pencil again!)

Suggested Products
The Home Edit 8 Piece Beauty Drawer Edit
The Home Edit 8 Piece Beauty Drawer Edit

THE Hair Tool Organizer & Bin Edit

You’ll love our new Hair Tool Organizer & Bin Edit because…

You’ll no longer have to deal with tangled cords, misplaced combs, etc!It includes a heat-resistant tray, making it possible to store your hot tools as soon as you’re finished using them!It‘s stackable and modular! (We recommend stacking anarrowand alarge binon top where you could store other hair products and accessories!)

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Hair Tool Bin with Silicone Insert
The Home Edit Hair Tool Bin with Silicone Insert

THE Hairband Holder

You’ll love our new Hairband Holder because…

You can place it on your vanity to display your favorite headbands!It also fits perfectly insideThe Home Edit Large Bin!It’s so easy to assemble/disassemble!

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The Home Edit Headband Organizer
The Home Edit Headband Organizer

THE Narrow Bin with Slider Tray

You’ll love our Narrow Bin with Slider Tray because…

You can use the top tray to store the smaller items you need at a moment’s notice without losing access to the contents below!

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The Home Edit Narrow Bin with Slider Tray
The Home Edit Narrow Bin with Slider Tray

THE Hair Accessories

You’ll love our new collection of hair accessories because…

Why wouldn’t you?!Each piece is gentle and slip-proof for all-day wear, and inspired by our love of bright colors and fun patterns!

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The Home Edit Knotted Fashion Headband in Purple Pleated Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Fashion Headband in Purple Pleated Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Headband with Stone Detail in Yellow Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Headband with Stone Detail in Yellow Satin
The Home Edit Wide Knotted Fashion Headband in Bright Pink Satin
The Home Edit Wide Knotted Fashion Headband in Bright Pink Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Cherry Print on Blue Canvas
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Cherry Print on Blue Canvas
The Home Edit Braided Satin Headband in Colorful Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Braided Satin Headband in Colorful Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Lemon Print on White Canvas, 1ct
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Lemon Print on White Canvas, 1ct
The Home Edit Braided Fashion Headband in Vibrant Green Satin, 1ct
The Home Edit Braided Fashion Headband in Vibrant Green Satin, 1ct
THE Scrunchies
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Yellow Faux Leather and Lemon Print, 2ct
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Yellow Faux Leather and Lemon Print, 2ct
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Blue Faux Leather and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Blue Faux Leather and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Faux Leather Scrunchies in Light and Dark Purple
The Home Edit Faux Leather Scrunchies in Light and Dark Purple
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Pink Faux Leather and Polka Dot Satin
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Pink Faux Leather and Polka Dot Satin
THE Hair Clips
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Light Blue and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Light Blue and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Pink and Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Pink and Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Yellow and Lemon Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Yellow and Lemon Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Shades of Light and Dark Purple
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Shades of Light and Dark Purple

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