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5 Things in Your Home That Visitors Always Notice


In a perfect world, we would have endless spare hours to primp our homes to perfection when expecting guests. In the real world, we do not.

You may be able to turn a blind eye to the clutter covering your kitchen counter and the empty toilet rolls taking over your bathroom, but your guests won’t.

If you’ve got visitors coming over in the near future or you like to be prepared for unexpected guests, here are five things that won’t go unnoticed.

The Entrance

The entrance to your home is the first impression visitors get so it pays to make it a good one.

What to Do

  • Put away shoes
  • Shake out your door mat
  • Sweep the front entry
  • Create a spot for visitors to take of their shoes and put their bags down
  • Use fresh flowers or an indoor plant to freshen up the space


You may not think your house has a smell but it’s the first thing visitors will notice — good or bad. It’s always a nice idea to burn a scented candle or some essential oils to create a welcoming and relaxing scent that will appeal to all noses.

What to Do

  • Open up doors and windows for some fresh air
  • Light a candle
  • Boil a pot of water on the stove with some citrus peel. Mmmm…


With life comes clutter. Now, we’re not saying you need to go full Marie Kondo and completely rid your home of every single bit of clutter, but at least do a general tidy up. Tip: If you don’t have time to put everything back in its right place, the linen closet or laundry are both fabulous hiding spots.

What to Do

  • Store away kids toys in simple, stylish baskets
  • Create a drawer or tray for bills, letters, and other life admin
  • Put away that pile of clothes that is waiting to be folded or better yet, hide it in the laundry
  • Clean up social spots like the dining table and kitchen bench

Dirty Bathroom

If you only have time to clean one room in your home, make it the bathroom. A dirty bathroom is not only unhygienic but just downright gross, especially when it’s not your own.

What to Do

  • Wipe down the sink and vanity
  • Scrub the toilet
  • Clean the mirror
  • Restock the toilet paper
  • Add a nice soap and scented candle 

Pet Hair

Pet hair can be very unappealing to people, especially if they don’t have pets of their own. If you have pets in the house, make a little extra effort to give the place a vacuum, and remove pesky pet hair from your sofa and other soft furnishings.

What to Do

  • Vacuum your sofa a wipe over it with a damp cloth
  • Put away your pet’s toys
  • Clean up the area around their food and water bowl
  • Change the kitty litter

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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