You may be able to turn a blind eye to the clutter covering your kitchen bench and the empty toilet rolls taking over your bathroom, but your guests won’t. If you’ve got visitors coming over soon or you like to be prepared for unexpected guests, here are five things that won’t go unnoticed.
1. The Entryway.
The entrance to your home is the first impression visitors get, so it pays to make it a good one. You should always put away shoes, shake out your doormat, sweep the front entry, create a spot for visitors to take of their shoes, put their bag down and use fresh flowers or an indoor plant to freshen up the room.
2. The Smell.
You may not think your house has a smell, but it’s the first thing visitors will notice – good or bad. It’s always a nice idea to burn a scented candle or some essential oils to create a welcoming and relaxing scent that will appeal to all noses. Here are things you can do, open up doors and windows for some fresh air, light a candle, and boil a pot of water on the stove with some citrus peel.
3. The Clutter.
With life comes clutter. Now, we’re not saying you need to go full Marie Kondo and completely rid your home of every single bit of clutter, but at least do a general tidy-up. What you can do is store away kids toys in simple, stylish baskets, create a drawer or tray for bills, letters, and other life admin, put away that pile of washing that is waiting to be folded, or better yet, hide it in the laundry and clean up social spots like the dining table and kitchen bench.
4. The Dirty Bathroom.
If you only have time to clean one room in your home, make it the bathroom. A dirty bathroom is not only unhygienic but just downright gross, especially when it’s not your own. Wipe down the sink and vanity, scrub the toilet, clean the mirror, restock the toilet paper, and nice soap and scented candle doesn’t go astray.
5. Pet Hair.
Pet hair can be very unappealing to people, especially if they don’t have pets of their own. If you have pets in the house, make a little extra effort to give the place a vacuum and remove pesky pet hair from your sofa and other soft furnishings. What you should do, vacuum your sofa a wipe it with a damp cloth, put away your pet’s toys, clean up the area around their food and water bowl, and change the kitty litter.