When you have guests coming to stay, you may be looking for ways to spruce up your Ocala, Florida, home and make it feel more inviting. Simple tasks like clearing up clutter, preparing the guest room, cleaning your kitchen, and making your air clean will help you better welcome visitors.
Clear Out the Old
Many people host guests around the holidays, which are some of the busiest times of the year. Walk through the space and look for decorations like jack-o’-lanterns on the porch or Christmas lights around the windows. These items can make your place feel cluttered and cramped, especially if they’re no longer in line with the current season. You can also look for items that perhaps have been sitting out for a while and put them away, clearing space for your guests to put down their suitcases and other items.
If you have a lot of knickknacks or decorations on the surfaces throughout the space, you might consider putting these away while you have visitors. If someone accidentally knocks something off a table or breaks an item because there isn’t a lot of room to put things down, it could create some tension. It’s best to put your treasured items in a safe place to protect them.
Prep the Sleeping Area
If you don’t have a guest room, think through the best location for your guests to sleep. Before they arrive, prep the room to help them feel more at home. Some of the items that can help visitors feel special include an alarm clock with a bedside table, books and magazines, a bottle of water, a key to your front door, and a basket of extra toiletries. If your guests are staying for a longer time, provide some empty hangers in the closet and clear out a couple of drawers in the dresser so that they can unpack their belongings.
You can also borrow or buy air mattresses, cots, sleeping bags, and other essentials before your guests arrive. Having the bedroom set up with a bed, clean sheets and towels, and other items will make your guest feel comfortable in your home. But if you’re rushing to get the sheets on the mattress when your visitor arrives, it could make him or her feel a little uncomfortable — as if you’re put out by having someone stay with you.
Clean the Kitchen
It’s hard to enjoy entertaining if you’re worried about odors coming from the fridge or have no room to put groceries away. Before your guests arrive, clean out the fridge and get rid of expired products. Wipe down countertops, dust the cabinets, and clean the oven to make the space feel more inviting.
It’s also helpful to plan meals in advance so you’re not rushing around and running extra errands to pick up food. Check with your guests to find out if they have any dietary restrictions before you buy the groceries, since allergies and preferences can make for an uncomfortable meal that wasn’t prepared for in advance. While you’re shopping for groceries, pick up a six-pack of his or her favorite drink, some snacks, and other items that your guest can enjoy between meals.
Improve the Air Quality
Many people suffer from allergies, especially when traveling to a new area where the allergens are unique. You can help reduce the suffering of your guests by changing the air filter before their arrival and scheduling a duct-cleaning service. These simple tasks will help ensure that the indoor air quality is better and help decrease the allergic symptoms that your loved ones experience while they are visiting the area.
There are a number of benefits to having the ducts cleaned, including cleaner indoor air, improved efficiency within your HVAC system, decreased energy bills, and a longer lifespan of the unit. Having the service done before the arrival of guests is an easy way to guarantee that your space is clean in every area, from surfaces to bathrooms and air to ducts.
If you’d like to schedule a duct-cleaning service, call the experienced technicians at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. at 866-881-5935.