Let’s be realistic, most of us don’t keep our homes tidy 100% of the time. We stress and fuss for hours before friends come over, very aware of any specks of dust or an unclean dish. Today, I want to put your mind at ease, as friends notice different things to what you may think. Here they are:
THE SMELL FACTOR
You may have become “nose blind” to the smell of your dog, the garlic prawns you cooked the night before and the cupboard full of sweaty sneakers in your entry way, but your guests have not! Make sure you close cuboard doors with offensive items and light a lovely smelling candle well before they arrive.
Although all friends might not demand a mojito as soon as they enter the door, make sure you have the basics ready to soothe parched mouths. Red and white wine, a few beers, a vodka chaser (my friends, not yours) and some soft drinks (for nobody I know) will settle even the most demanding of guests.
Nothing beats a vase of fresh flowers or a potted plant to detract from dust at your home. A pretty orchid is a great investment as it lasts for months if you look after it well (the fake ones even longer… 🙂
LACK OF CLUTTER
Your guests will (hopefully!) not run their finger along skirting boards or look under your sofas. What they will notice, is dirty dishes in your living room, jackets draped over sofas and magazines or books strewn over a coffee table. Your visitors will not poke around uninvited through your home, so chuck all clutter into a room that can lock and throw away the key for the time being! I’ve been known to hide dirty dishes in the oven (a special trick I learnt from my mother) and embrace the space in the garage. My car hasn’t slept in it for months 🙂
Your friends will need to use the bathroom while in your home, so make sure it’s tidy, clean and has enough toilet paper. It should have a deodorising spray, as well as a privacy lock. No one likes to cut off in mid stream when surprised in the bathroom.
ORGANISED ENTRY WAY
It’s enevitable that you’ll have piles of shoes (especially when you have kids), sport bags, umbrellas, mail, keys, etc in your entry way. If you don’t have a hall table with drawers or a shoe cupboard, find a good hiding spot (even if it’s under a bed) for everything, before guests arrive. Create a space for guest to leave their umbrellas, jackets or shoes (which is not under the bed with all your stuff) when they enter the house.