We’ve all been there before. We’ve had particularly busy week, or our head’s just not in the right place, and you realise in a moment of horror that a friend or relative is going to be on your doorstep the next day. You may be inclined to panic – but don’t worry, help is at hand! If you’re horrified by the state of your home and need to get things looking better fast, here are a few helpful pointers…
Find the Flow
Seen as you’ve gone looking for this post, I’ll assume that you don’t have the time to get every little bit of the home just the way you like it. Instead, you have to use your time wisely, and clear out the areas that are going to have the most impact on your guests. If there’s one thing that makes it hard to relax in another person’s home, it’s the disruption of what interior designers call the “flow”. Sure, your lounge might look like a show home, but if the doorways and halls are loaded with all kinds of furniture and junk, it’s going to make it very hard for your guests to get comfortable.
Be a Little Creative
Okay, when I say “creative” here, I really mean “lazy”. Ideally, you’d have the flexibility to go through each item of clutter in your home methodically, decide on the best place for it to go, and then move it there. However, when your distant aunt’s due any minute and the home still looks a state, you’re going to have to think outside the box. Go through your rooms picking up anything that shouldn’t be there, and find somewhere – anywhere – for it. Imagine it was contraband in prison and you had to get it out of sight before the guards came! By taking this fast-paced, “stashing” approach, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your home will start to look more hospitable. Of course, if it’s been a while since you’ve had a good clear-out, or you’ve got a lot of people coming over, you may have to ask a friend or family member to hold onto a few things, or use a service such as Canning Vale Storage.
To give your whole home that final touch, you need to try a little of what I call “blitz cleaning” Since you’ve now moved the bulk of your clutter out of the way, most of your surfaces will be bare. For the kitchen, simply grab some wet wipes and do a sweep of all the counters and table tops. You don’t really need to scrub – just make sure there isn’t any leftover grime from the clutter that used to be there. If your guests are staying over, then the main guest bedroom needs to come high on the list. Again, wet wipes should be okay for any surfaces, but spend a little more time checking everything over. Next, move onto the bathroom and make it look like it’s fresh from the display. Even if you don’t have time for everything else, this should make the home welcoming enough!