home first impressionsI don’t know about you, but I think that someone’s home can be a really good insight into who they are as a person, and I also find that someone’s office can do the same. Before I had Sausage, I worked for an accountancy firm, a small practice with one accountant and a few assistants. The whole place was stacked from floor to ceiling with files and boxes and I’m certain that it put off more than one prospective client when they walked in, saw the complete lack of office reception furniture, and imagined their well-organised accounts being buried at the bottom of those piles!

At home, I’m probably the furthest thing from a domestic goddess as you can possibly be, but there are a few things that I try to do to make sure that the place looks at least presentable – here’s a few of them:

Clean Doors and Doorsteps

A few years ago, we lived in a house on a main road which meant that our front garden was constantly filled with litter. A distant family member made a comment about how scruffy it looked, and while the comment rankled, I realised they were right. Although we no longer live in that house, I do try to make sure that our doorstep is swept and our front door is clean, as it improves the whole look of the outside of a house, giving a much better impression from the kerb.

Tidy Front Garden

Husband and I are quite proud of our little front garden and we’ve tried to maintain it since we moved in, planting seasonal flowers and replacing the dead tree in the middle with a lovely lavender bush. It makes out house look lovely from the outside when the garden is tidy and well-managed and we get a LOT of walkers going past, admiring it as they go!

A Good Smell

The combination of having a dog and a kitchen door which is right by the only entrance to our house means that I’m always aware of smells in our home. Keeping a doggy smell at bay can be difficult, even if you vacuum every day, so I use carpet sprays and a plug-in air freshener in our hall so that the first thing you smell when you walk into the house is something NICE!

Clean Woodwork

Something that a LOT of people miss when cleaning a house is the woodowrk, but when you’ve got kids and a dog, you notice just how many dirty hand/paw/scuff marks there are on skirting boards, door frames, doors and dado rails. Giving them a regular wipe over with a cleaning wipe a couple of times a week keeps the paintwork looking fresh and gives the whole house a much better appearance to new visitors.

Cushions

We’ve got quite a few different cushions in our living room, which end up on the floor, being used as toys, pillows for little heads when they fall asleep, back-rests for adults and being well-used in general. This means that they can end up a little musty, so giving the covers a regular wash, replacing the inner cushion and keeping them fresh with a fabric spray is essential. I’d hate for a new visitor to sit on our sofa and think that our cushions smelled bad!

What things do you do to ensure that your home gives  good #FirstImpression? I’d love to hear about it, so do leave me a comment below, and do watch the video below to see just how quickly an impression can be formed: