People usually call ahead of time and set a date and time to come visit you. Yet what less frequently happens is that some people just call saying that they are on their way to visit. In such cases, you will be on the safe side if your house is always clean and well kept, but it’s a horrible thing if your house is a mess and you are not prepared. You can always politely get out of the situation, however that’s not always the case.
JUST IN CASE YOUR HOUSE IS A MESS,
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR IMPROVING IT IN 15 MINUTES:
1. DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO WELCOME YOUR GUESTS:
You need to put one area in mind and start improving it. This area should be the living room, yet it might be a different room depending on your house and your guests.
2. CLEAR ALL THE CLUTTER:
Clutter might be clothes lying around, it might be documents laying over the dining table, or maybe kids toys in the doorway. Start removing all the items that are not part of the décor. I suggest that you put them in the furthest room in the house which no one will enter, and remember to lock it, just in case some curious kid went running all over the place.
3. DUST OFF SURFACES:
Quickly dust off any dust particles on the surfaces of the room you decided to welcome your guests in. Just think areas that they will clearly see, for example the coffee table, for they might put their coffee on it, etc. Also get a wet cloth and dust off lint from the sofas and chairs.
4. QUICKLY MOP OR BROOM THE FLOOR:
This step and the one before is only needed in case you haven’t cleaned your house recently and would like your guests to think otherwise.
5. RELOCATE YOUR FURNITURE AND DUST THEM OFF:
Dust off the pillows on your couch and place them back in their exact location. You want them to look nice and fresh. In case your furniture is movable, make sure to return them to their exact location so they look fancy and nice.
6. SPRAY NICE SMELLS:
The smell of your house or living room says a lot about the cleanliness of your house, so spray some fresh scents all over to lure your guests in.
7. LIGHT A CANDLE:
Candles give a nice fancy and romantic atmosphere, so why not light one especially if they are part of your décor.
8. TURN ON YOUR LIGHTS AND LAMPS:
Even if you are welcoming guests during the day, your lights will give a very nice welcoming ambiance, so light appropriate ones. If you are welcoming your guests make sure to light almost all the lights you have. Don’t forget your lamp sides, dim lights and others.
9. DRESS NICELY:
You do not want to improve your house condition yet stay in a bad shape. Throw on some nice clothes, I suggest a dress for women and a nice shirt for men, spray that perfume and wear your smile!
10. ENJOY YOUR GUESTS:
and don’t forget to serve them something to nibble on!
This article was also published in 800 Lifestyle Magazine in print and online at http://www.800lifestyle.com/articles/how-clean-your-home-15-minutes