Entertaining can be one of the most fulfilling activities you can undertake as a homeowner. Bringing friends and family together under one roof for good food and happy memories is something we should all experience, and to have the best environment for that, we need a clean home.

Anyone who entertains regularly will know that getting your house prepped for guests can be a daunting task, but what they don’t often realise is exactly what needs attention and what we can let slide. Naturally, the cleaner the home, the better impression you make, but we’re here today to highlight the most important things in your home that your guests notice when they visit. It’s not about whether each and every surface is dust-free or that flowers occupy every room. There’s really just a small list of things that truly makes a difference to your guests.

If you nail these points, you’re guaranteed to have a good visit each and every time you welcome a new person into your home.

1. No place to hang your hat

Let’s start off the tour with what your guests notice as soon as they enter your home. When welcoming anyone into your special little abode, the first thing you should do is take their coat. Simple enough. But if you have nowhere to hang it, that’s where the problem comes in. Your guests don’t want their property laid out on the floor or bunched up in a corner to mingle with other jackets. They want to know you’re organised and clean enough to have a space to neatly hang their belongings. This also makes guests feel much more welcomed.

2. A dirty floor

Now for the living room. Nothing is more off-putting than a dirty floor. Not only does it suggest you weren’t ready for your guests’ arrival, it also tells them that you are a person who doesn’t mind living in filth. Make sure you vacuum or at least to a quick sweep before your visitors come, and to help keep your floors cleaner longer, do things the European way and take off your shoes at the door. This will prevent both you and guests from tracking dirt in the house.

3. Stains on your cushions

We know accidents happen–it’s just a fact of life. But you can’t let one day’s accident ruin your furnishings, or how your guests view you and your cleanliness upon entering your home. When guests see large, noticeable stains, it’s hard not to think that the person living there isn’t a complete slob. To avoid that quizzical look of what the heck is that stain from?, invest in new cushion covers or place a blanket over the spill area until you find a more permanent solution. If you’re really strapped for cash or need a quick fix, flip the cushion over so the other, clean side is showing.

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SOURCE: KAYLA GULEC
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