Are you looking for ways to refresh your home now that you can invite people over? We’ve all been looking forward to the change in restrictions that allows us to spend more time with our loved ones, however, spending the last year without people visiting our homes has definitely left our hosting skills a little rusty!
It’s time to dust off the dining table and get the hoover out, here are our top six tips for prepping your home for guests.
Declutter your social spaces
Has your makeshift office taken over the dining room? Is it time to get rid of the tower of Amazon boxes sitting in your hallway? We’ve got used to a ‘new normal’ over the past 12 months, and that includes getting comfortable with our bad habits. Knowing that there is no risk of someone popping over unexpectedly, we’ve let things slide in the clutter department.
Make sure your social spaces are welcoming and clutter free. Find a more practical way to pack away your work at the end of the day, so you’re not leaving scraps of paper and post-its in your communal areas. Try to restructure the kitchen so it’s a space for socialising again. Whether you’re preparing a meal or clearing up at the end of the night, a glass of wine in the kitchen is an end-of-night requirement!
Refresh your home with a good clean
Even before the pandemic, an obligatory scrub of the house was always on the cards. It’s extra important now that we stay on top of our hygiene and cleanliness so that our homes remain safe.
Pay particular attention to the spaces that your guests will be spending their time and make sure to wipe down handles and surfaces. It’s key that we take extra steps to make visitors feel comfortable in our homes again.
Prepare your outdoor areas
Although recommended restrictions are ever-changing, some of us are still uncomfortable with sharing spaces like we used to. If your guests are vulnerable or anxious, it’s worth sprucing up your outdoor space so you can still socialise outdoors.
Using your conservatory or orangery as middle ground between inside and out can help make your guests feel reassured. Set up snacks, drinks and blankets in your conservatory that your guests can access when they need to.
Even better, if you have bifold doors, open them up and really blend the two. You’ll provide an open plan space that is safe and truly enviable.
Make considerations for an overnight stay
From 17th May, we can have overnight guests in our home- make sure there’s still a welcoming, clean space for your guests to rest their head.
Too often do we use our extra bedroom as a dumping ground for storage, clutter, and laundry. Or perhaps, your spare room has become your new home office? Whatever the set-up, clear the space, freshen up the sheets and provide a nice, clean towel for a morning shower.
Address any repairs or maintenance issues
Now is the perfect time to fix that flickering bulb, sort out your gutters and remove that damp stain. In our first lockdown, a lot of us got swept up in DIY madness, using the extra time at home to repaint the lounge or hang up a couple of shelves.
But as the months have rolled on, we’ve slowly fell out of love with those much-needed DIY jobs around the house. Expectant guests are a perfect excuse to get the toolbox out and get the house in order.
Create more space
You might find that once you start inviting people over to your home, that you simply don’t have the space you need for entertaining. Why not expand your available space with a conservatory or orangery?
Small conservatories are easy to build without restrictive planning permissions and can quickly add additional room to your living area. There are lots of ways to extend your home and create a fantastic room for hosting your loved ones. Why not drop us an email?
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