Sunday, 14 December 2014

What To Do About Unexpected Visitors

These days, thanks to mobile phones, it's more likely that people will ring before popping over, so you may have 10 minutes to get the place in order. But what can you do if visitors arrive unannounced at the front door and your house has got that lived-in homely look? Here are a few suggestions:

No Warning

Keep a cloth impregnated with lavender oil near the front door so that when there are unexpected visitors, I can wipe over the back edges of the door before opening it. The smell is fresh and creates an impression of cleanliness. You could also keep a spray bottle filled with lavender oil and water and give it a squirt before opening the door. It has the same effects. Guide your visitors to the cleanest room and excuse yourself as you make them a cup of tea. In the kitchen, if you don't have a dishwasher, stack any unwashed dishes in a pile because it appears neater, and wipe down any surfaces. You could even place a pair of washing up gloves over the top of the dishes to suggest you were just about to wash them if you hadn't been interrupted by your visitors!

If You Have 10 Minutes

Just focus on the areas that your guests will see. First grab your clutter bucket and gather extraneous items, then put it into a room you can close of. Stack dishes in the kitchen into a neat pile of you don't have a dishwasher. Put papers into a neat pile. You'll be amazed at how much cleaner an area appears if things are neatly ordered rather than strewn around. Grab a damp cloth and wipe over surfaces. Throw a tablecloth over the table. Throw a sheet over the washing basket. Wipe door jambs with a lavender-oil impregnated cloth to give a fresh smell. Check the toilet is clean. If it's not, give it a quick scrub with the toilet brush and spray some lavender oil in the air. Quickly sweep outside the front door - a tidy entrance always makes a great first impression - and your 10-minute quick clean is done.