How to Ready Your Home for Visitors in 10 Minutes Flat
In a perfect world, we’d always know when to expect the unexpected. But then, where would the fun be in that? Life is full of surprises—and we’re glad for it! When that old friend drops into town or your home suddenly becomes the impromptu setting for a dinner party, we don’t want you to panic at the thought of the unsightly state of your kitchen. Read on for an infallible game plan should one of these last-minute hosting scenarios become your reality.
Set an alarm for a few minutes before your guests’ set arrival time so you can really make those last moments count.
Foyers, living rooms, and bathrooms are most important. Make sure that there are no sneakers, umbrellas, or other such items blocking your home’s entryway—having to climb over odds and ends is not a great way to enter a home. If you’ll be spending most of the time in the living room, focus your attentions there. The bathroom is make-or-break.
Spend a little more time tidying and dolling up your bathroom than other places. Give the sink a quick wash. Clean off any marks from your mirror and faucets. Make sure a hand towel is in plain view. Receiving a guest who will be staying the night? Set out a few fluffy towels on the counter.
If you do nothing else, do this. An overflowing trash bin or bits of junk lying around is not welcoming and is so simple to remedy. Check to make sure that if your rubbish bins runneth over, you take them out—and don’t forget to put in fresh garbage bags.
A little bit of air works wonders to make a home feel welcoming and fresh. Throw open those windows, day or night. If it’s daytime, draw your shades and let the light pour in.
If it’s nighttime, make sure you take a moment to turn on your outdoor lights and dim your indoor ones a bit—approaching a completely dark home can be scary, and entering a startlingly bright room isn’t ideal either. If you’re entertaining, put a bit of music (nothing over the top!) on at a low volume.