Often times I ask myself a question –
If I knew that someone was going to knock on my door in five minutes, what would I want to straighten up? What needs to be put away? What would I want to have “fluffed up a bit?”
I look around and find the answer, then I get busy taking care of that problem area! Often times it’s right before we sit down for supper. I’ll put the pot holder back into the drawer. Wipe the counter’s mess from salad dressing that dripped from the bottle when I poured it. I’ll slide the syran wrap back into its place and put the dirty knife or spoon into the soapy water in the sink.
Now not only would I not mind if someone walked in to visit, I can also enjoy my meal more, knowing that there isn’t a huge mess awaiting me when I finish! The pots don’t have to be washed or every prep dish in the dishwasher, but if all the extra things are just put away, it doesn’t look like a bomb went off in the kitchen!
Keeping things put away only takes a few minutes for each task, but it can make walking back into that room a pleasure instead of feeling like you have the stomach flu! Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to put things away.
Consider these simple tasks:
- Make the bed within 15 minutes of rising.
- Clean the sink, shower and toilet immediately after you’ve gotten ready for the day.
- Hang up any discarded clothes before you leave your room in the morning.
- Before you leave the house for the day, make sure the room you’ll walk into is straightened up. Throw away the newspaper. Put the pillows on the sofa the way you like them. Hang a clean dish towel over the sink. Empty the trash can.
- Have a timer candle or lamp set to turn on before you arrive home so you’ll have light in the house when you arrive.
- Clean out all the trash, receipts, gum wrappers in your purse at the end of the day.
- Put away the dishes in the dish drainer or dishwasher before going to bed.
- Spend 15 minutes before bedtime putting things away and straightening the living space.
Small tasks can make a huge difference in the way you feel about your home. It doesn’t have to be perfect – just uncluttered and welcoming!
Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes today to do what is necessary to make your house – or even one space, make you smile!
What is the one things you have to have done to make your house feel welcoming to you?
Refresh your house!