How to Maintain a Guest-Ready Home While Living with Others
Tricks and tips you can utilize to create a tidy, guest-ready home.
It’s hard enough maintaining a clean, clutter-free home that’s ready to receive guests at short notice, so it may seem near impossible to do so when you’re living with others. While different habits, schedules and hygiene habits living under one roof may make it tricky to preserve a constant state of cleanliness, there are a few tricks and tips you can utilize to create a tidy, guest-ready home.
What are the challenges*?
2 out of every 3 Indian women surveyed agree that there are smells in every Indian home. Hence it’s clear that household odors are a wide and prevalent issue. Indian women further agree that summer and monsoon are the most common seasons for these odors to occur and that it can be a real challenge to deal with them.
The common odors faced at home include – smells from cooking garlic and tadka, smells from cooking fish and non-veg food, smells from sweaty clothes, smells from dirty shoes and also smells from garbage within the household. Out of these, Indian women rank smells from cooking garlic and tadka as the most common and the toughest to remove!
So how can you fight these odors?
Freshen up the living areas with relaxing scents.
The living room and kitchen is where everyone tends to congregate – after work, family dinner, post-football match, pre-shower. So it can tend to smell a little funky. Luckily there’s an easy, fuss-free solution: Ambi Pur Air Effects. The advantage of using Ambi Pur Air Effects in a variety of fragrances is that it doesn’t just mask, but completely removes the order**.
Always clean and tidy as you go.
Mess usually generates more mess. So make it a point to clean up straightaway, whether it’s washing the dishes after dinner, putting your things away after completing a project, or wiping up spills immediately. Lead by example and your housemates will no doubt follow.
Say it with flowers.
There’s nothing like a few fresh blooms, dotted here and there, to create a welcoming and homely atmosphere. For maximum impact, place a bouquet at the entranceway, and another in the bathroom – this infuses the space with a pleasant fragrance and helps liven up the otherwise sterile interior.
* Claims generated from men and women who were in agreement with the above statements as per a 3-city (992 person) survey conducted by an independent third party agency in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, in April 2015.
** Versus Ambi Pur Base Aerosols