The holidays are coming and that means the gathering of people in your home! This means that you need a fresh, clean home. Chances are, if your reading this post, then you know something about your house just isn’t the same as it once was and you want to do something about it. This post is full of tips to freshen up your home for the holiday festivities.
You might think “Oh the house is rather clean today”, after all, you vacuumed just yesterday. But you know deep down that the carpet needs more than just a good vacuuming. Due to constant exposure to your home, you gradually get used to the imperfections as they just become the new standard. The slight scratches on the wall, some paint peeling off in the corner, the dark stains, the sofa looking like it’s been flattened by an elephant. We’ve all stopped noticing them, but that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. With Christmas coming up, it is about time you take control and give your house the treatment it deserves!
Freshen Your Fluffy Rug
Does your living room have a warm, cozy, once fluffy rug that your bare feet love? Well, a lot of people tend to pick them over standard rugs just because they are so darned comfortable to walk on. Despite all the downsides like stains being hard to get out, rubbish finding its way in between the strands, and it’s basically impossible to clean if you spill something on it.
If you have had it for a decent amount of time, it probably looks like a shadow of its former self. Instead of looking soft, wild, and unruly, the hairs are probably matted up together into clumps and flattened. The sofa and the rug are probably the two centerpieces of your living room, they are the part that everyone uses when visiting and relaxing. Depending on the rug you have, it is probably possible to clean it easily. Most of them can be hand washed, or even machine washed and hung out to dry.
Washing it might not have returned to its former glory just yet, so take a large hairbrush or a dog brush (it might be worth investing in one since it makes the whole process a lot easier) and get brushing. Before long, the rug should look white, fluffy, and stunning once again!
Freshen Your Furniture
Look around, do you own some white furniture in the house? Maybe armchairs, sofas, pillows, or curtains? Much like the rug, they might not look like they are in their prime anymore. White things tend to look dirty much faster than their darker colored counterparts. They are often simpler to clean since you don’t need to worry about washing out their color.
Instead of messing with some mild soaps and color specific detergents, you can just get out your good old bleach and go to town! If you do not want to use chlorine bleach for some reason, there are always hydrogen peroxide based, non-chlorine bleach products.
Feel free to freshen up your colored items now as well. Except, instead of bleaching them, giving them a good wash, then get some fabric dyes and leave them soaking in it for the appropriate time. This tends to make a huge difference and will really make those colors or blacks pop in comparison to everything else. Not only is this effective, but cheaper than buying a new set of furniture altogether. Fabric dye can also be easily found in hobby stores.
Dealing with Unwanted Guests
After a few years of a lively home, the local wildlife might just get a bit too interested. The lights, the warmth, and the food left out are all are huge targets for all kinds of creepy crawlies and pests. Like the other things in the house, you slowly learn to ignore the trail of ants which is usually near the door or that faint pattering sound you sometimes hear.
Living with these pests, however, not only exposes you to health risks, but it’s also pretty gross in the eyes of guests. It might be time to invest in some mouse traps, rat poison, or even glue based traps. Now, while these are good for keeping the population of your unwanted guests in check, they rarely end up finishing the job. To fully get rid of an infestation in the house, you will need to hire some professionals to do it for you. Companies like Go-Forth Pest Control, use means not available to the average homeowner to drive out pests effectively and relatively quickly.
‘Tis the Season to Freshen and Redecorate
Let’s be honest, you aren’t doing all this freshening purely to satisfy guests, are you? You want to feel better in your own home, the guests are merely an excuse. Don’t worry, I won’t tell on you 😉
To get the house feeling fresh for you again, consider introducing something new in addition to cleaning up the things you already have. You could get some new furniture such as a new sofa, a new table or tablecloth, a few new vases to put flowers in, really anything! It is easy to freshen up the living room for pretty cheap.
Of course, nothing is stopping you from spending more and buy pricier items. However, if you’re on a tight budget, try shuffling the furniture around. This can make an old room feel brand new and cost you nothing. Change the position of the TV and move the sofa to better accommodate the new viewing angle. Move the small coffee table, so that it’s within arm’s reach or move some drawers around. There is nothing wrong with a few changes, get creative!
Finally, it’s time to clean up a bit. Some quick pick-up-and-put-away cleaning never hurt anyone. Of course, this does not mean scoop-up-and-stash-somewhere where you won’t have to worry about it for a while. Organize the clutter. You will be very thankful for it later! After your house is decluttered, the dust has risen, making it the perfect time to dust and vacuum! While you’re at it, might as well do the dishes.
Now that you’ve freshened your entire home, the world is your oyster. You could even invite the Queen of England over for tea without feeling self-conscious… okay, maybe that’s a stretch. Regardless, your Christmas guests won’t have a single nitpick to make and you can now enjoy your holiday season!
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