Things that Guests Always Notice in Your Home

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Have you ever had a day when your creative well just ran dry? It could be due to a hectic schedule or a case of writer's block. Experts say that if you're expecting guests to visit your home, it's important to remember the things they always notice. You may use the following advice to help you prepare your home for the company:

Uncomfortable Seats

Your sofa is the furniture in your home used most after the bed. It serves as a meeting space for entertaining visitors and is ideal for unwinding after a long day at the office. You want the sofa to be as comfy as possible because it's frequently where your guest goes to rest and relax after a hard day. You should consider getting a new couch if the old one is drooping, provides little support, and is no longer comfy. Even if it still seems cozy, if the sofa isn't effectively supporting you or your guest, it might cause back pain. To avoid this, replace your sofa as soon as you realize it is losing support. You can find sofas and couches on sale online. 

Dirty Towels and Bedsheets

Towels, especially, can collect and transmit fungus, yeast and bacteria. They also soak up dead skin cells and oils. And if you don't wash your towels regularly, they can spread these pathogens to other surfaces and fabrics, like sheets. One towel harbors 17 thousand times more germs than your toilet seat. Dirty bedsheets and pillows can also make guests feel uncomfortable and ill. In addition, a dirty mattress can cause stains and bad smells. Luckily, there are easy actions you can do to maintain the cleanliness and freshness of your linens.

For example, pretreat your sheets with a stain remover before washing them. You can skip the heavy-duty cycle, as sheets don't need excessive agitation or harsh detergents. And if you don't have a washer with dedicated cycles, you can use a laundry booster such as oxygen bleach or a whitening additive to get your linens extra clean. Another important thing to remember is that sheets, blankets and duvet covers should not be washed with soiled towels. Towels produce a lot of lint, which can clog your washer and dryer.

Dirty Floors

Dirty floors are one of the first things visitors notice when they walk into your home, and if yours are dirty and dusty, it doesn't give the impression that your house is clean. It's important to keep your floor surfaces swept, vacuumed and mopped frequently. It's even more important to do so before inviting guests over, as you want your guests to feel comfortable walking around your home barefoot. Whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet, ensuring your floors are clean and stains-free is vital. To reduce your cleaning chemicals and make a natural cleaning solution, mix vinegar with soapy water in a spray bottle and wipe down your floors to cut through build-up and disinfect your floors. If your family has pets, your floors will need more frequent attention since they will collect pet fur, dirt and oil from their paws. You may also need to sweep your kitchen floors more often because of all the food crumbs they collect from cooking and eating. A study by the Hygiene Council swabbed surfaces in 35 homes and found that the kitchen floor contained more bacteria than the toilet seat! It is because our shoes pick up bacteria from sidewalks, parking garages and public bathrooms and transfer them to the floors in our homes.


When you invite guests over, you want them to feel comfortable in your home. And if your space is full of clutter, they may need help relaxing in it. Thankfully, identifying what is and isn't clutter can help you get it under control. For starters, look at your stuff and figure out what's easy to identify as clutter: broken items you can't – or don't want to – fix, decor pieces you've never liked but kept anyway because you might someday, old clothes that don't fit, etc. Then, consider whether or not the item you're holding onto adds value to your life. If it's not, it's clutter, regardless of how much you might love or use the item. Then there are the more difficult items to identify as clutter, like stacks of magazines you've only flipped through once, craft supplies that haven't been used in years, or toys your kids no longer play with. These can be particularly hard to let go of, as they can represent emotional attachments to certain times or people. 


The first thing that your guest's notice is the smell of your home. If the odor is pleasant, it will give them a welcoming feeling. On the other side, if the house smells musty, they will have a bad image of it. The presence of mold or mildew usually causes mustiness. These fungi thrive in damp places, and when they are left unchecked, they can cause various symptoms, including itchy or runny nose, congestion, headache, and fatigue. If your guests are staying over for a weekend, it is important to check the bathroom and bedroom for mildew or mold. It is also a good idea to clean the carpets. You can also use scented candles or an aroma diffuser to make the house smell fresh and inviting. Another way to make your home smell pleasant is by opening the windows to let in some fresh air. You can also boil water with citrus peels in the kitchen to create a fragrant scent. Finally, you can use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from your home. It will help prevent musty odors from developing in your house. If you want to add a hint of fragrance, you can use potpourri or agarbattis.

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