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When we invite people over to our homes, we want to make a good impression. This could mean simple things, like cleaning the front garden up of all those leaves, cleaning our windows of all the detritus and debris that appears every day, or something even like ensuring the children’s toys are not hanging around underneath the bookcase and sofa and are put away neatly and tidy, in their place.
We all like to think that our homes are in perfect condition, are not messy and look elegant and modern but – obviously – sometimes that is not the case, especially if we have a bigger family or a busy household. When you invite people over for dinner or drinks (or both!), it is a good idea to put the stress of your home to the back of your mind and simply enjoy yourself and focus on your guests.
However, it is not a good to rush around within an hour of their expected arrival, frantically cleaning up and putting everything away. Give yourself time to do this, as its can be an arduous and sometimes slow task. For instance, if you have pets it is important to put them in a safe place (such as a conservatory) when your guests arrive. This is because some people may be allergic to your pets or may have a fear of them – so ensure nothing can go wrong by doing this simple thing. If you have children, it could be a good idea to give them an early bedtime if your guests are coming over your house late evening. This is positive as you can spend time with your children before your guests arrive, and you can be safe in the knowledge they are having a good night’s rest and won’t leave toys or other objects lying around, potentially causing an accident.
If you are renovating your home, only show your guests the rooms or spaces that have been decorated and you feel confident in showing. This will indicate to your guests that you take care of your home and will also allow them to develop feelings of your personal style, rather than rooms with old wallpaper, splattered paint and tools strewn on the floor. It is also good to keep your house and its surroundings warm for your guests, especially if you are eating outside using your James Shields barbecue. Being cold makes a social engagement uncomfortable at time, and it is important to allow your guests to feel at ease.
So, when inviting people over to your home always make sure that you are happy with the presentation of your home before they arrive. If you are struggling to tidy the house up, you could always ask a relative to come over and help you. This will mean two of you will be doing the job, meaning you will have more time to prepare the food, drink, and yourself for the evening ahead. Knowing your home is prepared, will leave you feeling less stressed and relaxed.