It’s exciting to have friends and family come to your home. This is probably one of the reasons why you purchased the home that you currently own. You wanted to share it with friends and family. There are certain steps that you can take to keep your home looking presentable for guests, whether they are expected guests or unexpected visitors.
Have the Right Frame of Mind
Getting your home looking its best starts by having the right frame of mind about the people staying in your home. It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you think that your home needs to be perfect before people can come over. It can get to the point where you are so focused on making your home look great that you are not able to have a good time with your guests or you see the arrival of each guest as a dreaded occurrence. Get in the frame of mind of wanting your home to look nice, wanting your home to feel comfortable, and wanting your guests to feel welcome. That being said, there are little tricks that you can use to keep each room in your home guest worthy.
Usually, when you have guests, you end up spending a good portion of your time in the kitchen. You can keep your kitchen looking nice if you get in the habit of putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher as soon as use them. Even if you do not run the dishwasher immediately, this gets the dishes off the counter and instantly makes your kitchen look cleaner.
Wipe any mess off your counters as soon as you make it. Get in the habit of sweeping the floors of your kitchen at least once a day. Also, set a bimonthly schedule to clean your large appliances, like your refrigerator and stove.
Of course, if you get that last minute phone call from an unplanned guest, your oven can serve as a safe place to store a few dirty dishes in a hurry to quickly clean off the counter. Just don’t forget they’re in there.
The key to keeping your dining room guest worthy is to keep it clutter free. This means you should get in the habit of keeping clutter off the dining room table, off any hutches or cabinets you have in the dining room, as well as off the dining room chairs. Leave the dining room table set with plates and silverware. This way, it looks inviting at all times. Too many home decor items can make the place look clutter, so be selective!
You have a little bit more flexibility with your living room simply because most people expect the living room to look a little lived in. However, you want to keep it as clutter free as possible. Clean off your coffee table, keep your children in the habit of picking up their toys off the living room floor, and set the habit of vacuuming or sweeping the main floor two or three times a week.
In most homes, the largest windows in the house are either in the living room or in the three seasons room. The larger and more attractive your windows are, the more likely it is that your guests are going to gravitate to them. So if you have beautiful etched glass in your living room, you want to make sure that you keep it clean. That way, your guest can admire them without being distracted by smudges or dust accumulation. You can also refer to any Window Film Manufacturer for specific tips on upkeep of windows.
Whether you’re having a guest staying the night or just pop by for a few hours, it is likely that they are going to visit your bathroom. Get into the daily routine of wiping down the toilet even if it is just using water. Do the same thing with the sink. Keep the mirrors clean by using a microfiber cloth. And don’t be afraid to leave a potpourri bowl in the bathroom to keep it smelling nice at all times.
Having guests, whether they are expected or last-minute, should be fun. By taking some simple steps in advance, you can keep your home presentable for guests and visitors.