It happens to everyone - you get home late from work, and the house is a disaster. Just as you sit down to relax, you get a phone call that the in-laws or a neighbor are coming over to visit. You don't have time to clean the whole house, so do the next best thing: fake it.
It happens to everyone - you get home late from work, and the house is a disaster. Just as you sit down to relax, you get a phone call that the in-laws or a neighbor are coming over to visit. You don't have time to clean the whole house, so do the next be
Guests usually have plenty of time to notice the leaves on the porch and the smudges on the door and windows while they wait for you to answer the door. Once inside, the first part of your home that they'll notice is the entry way and whatever is visible from the door. Also, if the guest isn't coming in to sit down, he or she may never see the pile of laundry around the corner.
Step outside and look around the porch to see what dirt and clutter catches your eye.Proceed into the entryway, and notice what parts of your house are visible. Focus first on the parts of the house that are easily visible to your guest and that can affect their first impression. For example, if you can see directly into your messy bedroom from the front door, close the bedroom door to hide the clutter.
Focus on the Obvious
Don't worry about the little things that a guest would only notice if conducting an inspection. Focus your attention on items that are obviously clutter or that are out-of-place. Your visitor isn't going to think twice about a dish or two in the sink, especially if he or she is stopping by unexpectedly, but will surely notice stray socks in the middle of the living room or yesterday's newspaper strewn across the couch.
Hide Clutter for Later
Have a closet, room, or cupboard where you can hide away clutter for when you have more time to clean. If you don't have time to fold all the laundry, just shuffle it into an out-of-the way area that your guest will likely never see. If you can't scrub the mountain of dishes in the sink, pile them into the dishwasher and take care of them properly when your visitor has left. Have a drawer or cupboard for random papers and odds and ends that can be sorted out later.
Rather than mopping or vacuuming the whole floor, clean the areas that have visible dirt. The same goes for marks on cupboard, mirrors, etc. Don't scrub the whole bathroom, just shine the mirror & faucet and make sure the toilet is clean.
Nobody's house is spotless all the time. Even if your kids have torn throughout the living room like a whirlwind, leaving a trail of destruction and goldfish crackers, invite your guests in with a smile and ask if they ever experience crazy days like the one you are experiencing. They will sympathetically agree that they have. Do what you can before your visitors arrive, but don't worry about everything being perfect. If you are happy and relaxed, those visiting will follow suit. Life can still be good even if it goes get a little messy from time to time.
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