Monday, October 22, 2012

Guest Friendly (clean)

Welcome to my 31 Days to Create Purpose in your home!  During the month of October, I am posting every day about creating purpose in your home and joining all of these bloggers who are also posting for 31 days on a topic of their choice.  I would love for you to follow me, and check out all of the other posts in the series and the introduction to it here.

Keeping a home "guest friendly" means many different things.  I'm breaking it into two parts, today we are talking about it being clean, tomorrow we will talk about it being welcoming.  Everyone has a different standard of clean.  There are the germaphoebes who will freak out at the slightest smudge, and on the other end of the spectrum you have those who wouldn't even flinch if they see a two day old pizza crust in the corner of the room.  How do you make your home feel welcoming to all without killing yourself?

Here are some basic tips.

1. Clutter free

Make sure there isn't laundry on the couches and piles of paper and junk everywhere.  Make it so that you can easily see all surface area and floor area.  Its simple, do a quick pick up so that guests don't have to look at your junk.

2. Sanitary

Make sure that all areas, specifically that bathrooms and kitchen are wiped with disinfectant of some sort and are clean.  This also includes crumbs on couches (as a mom of a toddler this is something I am constantly cleaning) which can lead to bugs and spiders.

3. Fresh

Make sure it smells pretty and not like a boys locker room.  You typically can't smell your own sent, so light a candle, use some air spray or a plug in to make sure your home smells nice.

I will also say that you may not clean the same way for everyone.  For example, if you have a pet and know that a member of your family is coming over and they are allergic, you should invest some extra time in vacuuming the furniture and try and make them as comfortable as possible.  If you best gal pal is coming over for coffee, she may not mind you folding the laundry while chatting.  If you have a friend who is OCD, you may want to make sure you have some serious time to clean your home before they come over.



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