These things could be stressing people out.
Having guests stay at your house can be exhausting. What if they’re loud or messy or in-laws? But even before the arrival, they can cause stress. Everyone knows the feeling of scrambling to clean and grocery shop before family and friends visit.
No matter how much we may think it is, no one’s home is perfect. Life gets in the way, and things like taking out the trash or dusting the living room become very low priorities on our list. And while a few crumbs or dirty clothes may not bother everyone, it’s best to avoid the following mistakes the next time your friends come over.
TOO MANY KNICK-KNACKS ON DISPLAY
Visitors to your home don’t want to have to search high and low for a spot to put down their glass. It’s also a little nerve-racking having to worry if you’ll accidentally bump a side table and break a thing.
New parents know the struggle of tending to a baby while keeping the house in order. Before guests arrive, give your home a quick scan to make sure those dirty diapers made their way to the trash can.
Bathrooms are the place that we clean our bodies, so it goes without saying that they should be spotless. The bathroom serves as a good indicator of a homeowner’s general attitude toward housekeeping.
YOUR PETS ARE EVERYWHERE
If you notice they’re jumping all over your countertops, then get them to stop ASAP. Even if you don’t mind, guests probably don’t want to eat or cook where a pet’s dirty paws once were.
LOTS OF TAXIDERMY
Your hobby or line of work may be off-putting to house guests. Especially the “real” ones that preserved and displayed as a decor can creep out some people.
FURNITURE COVERED IN PET HAIR
Even if your pet is clean, even if your home is clean, pet hair is going to make guests feel that your home just isn’t. Before you invite guests over, wipe down your furniture.
THERE’S THE SMELL
Word to the wise: Invest in a few candles before you invite guests over. Not all foods give off the best aroma when you cook them in the kitchen and some smells linger longer than others.
SO MUCH CLUTTER
Nobody likes clutter, your house guests included. You don’t want your family and friends to feel stressed out, do you?
COVERED IN DUST
Dust is an obvious way to show guests that you’ve been putting off your cleaning duties. Vents, countertops, photo albums, and shelves covered in dust are major no-nos.
No matter how many hours you spend cleaning; it’s possible to overlook the things your guests are going to notice right when they enter your home. It’s T-minus 6 hours and you’re scrambling to clean your house before guests arrive for dinner. As you race the clock to clean, it’d sure be nice to know what your guests are actually going to notice.