What Guests Really Notice in Your Home
July 19, 2015
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Does hearing the word "guest" put you in a panic? On top of all the entertaining to-do's, there's still the house that needs to be cleaned to a sparkling state! Before you go into meltdown mode, check out POPSUGAR's list of five essential things to do before your guests arrive. Angela Elias gives the lowdown on what guests actually notice, so you don't have to sweat over the small stuff!

What Guests Really Notice in Your Home

If the idea of getting your home company-ready is keeping you from hosting a dinner party or even your out-of-town in-laws, we can help. Sure, you could spend all day cleaning and decorating in anticipation, but who has the time? Here are the only things you really need to do before your guests arrive. Don't worry — they are nothing but easy. — Additional reporting by Miranda Jones

1. A Well-Stocked Bar

After greeting guests, the first thing that you will want to do is offer them a drink. You don't need to be full service, but make sure you have the home bar basics covered.

2. Fresh Flowers

Flowers are the only decoration a house really ever needs, no matter the occasion (although we feel pretty strongly about candles too!). To get the most bang out of your buck, buy fresh flowers. They may look delicate, but with proper care, they will last for a month or longer.

3. The Lack of Clutter

Even if you don't have time to do a deep cleaning, you can still organize your clutter. Get a tray or a set of lidded boxes for each room and corral all the odds and ends — remotes, keys, mail — in one place. Guests will feel relaxed in a space that appears organized, even if it is just for show!

4. A Tidy Bathroom

Before guests arrive, make sure your bathroom has clean hand towels and enough toilet paper. Extra points for wiping down surfaces and lighting a candle!

5. An Organized Entryway

Not only is it the first place and last place that your guests will see, your entryway is also where they will be dropping their coats and bags. Depending on how much room you have, add a coat rack, umbrella stand, and a place to sit while taking shoes on or off.

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