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17 little things you should do before your guests arrive

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If you're expecting guests, you need to be sure that you've gotten your plans in order and your home looking shipshape—so we've got a list of things to consider, right here! You don't need to go as far as hiring a team of professional cleaners to come in and give your home a deep clean, but there are some cursory tasks to tackle that should have guests revelling in the tidiness of your kitchen and the comfort of their bedroom, so come and find out what they are! Prevention is better than cure, after all!

1. Buy fresh flowers, as they will perk up your rooms and infuse them with a lovely fresh scent.

2. Get some extra toothbrushes in! You never know when someone will have forgotten theirs!

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3. Stock up the fridge with goodies and clear out anything that is 'on the turn'.

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4. Find out about dietary requirements, as nobody wants a trip to A&E to deal with!

5. Make space in the guest room closet so people can hang their clothes instead of leaving them in a bag.

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6. Hoover the sofa properly, to make sure all the pet hair and crumbs don't embarrass you!

7. Dust your main surfaces, so that your home instantly looks and smells as though it has been cleaned thoroughly.

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8. Make up the guest bed to hotel standards. We're talking hospital corners and fresh sheets people!

9. Have a stash of towels ready and out on display, to prevent guests having to ask for them.

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10. Empty the sink and your dishwasher, or you might come across as a little messy.

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11. Replace your shower curtain, if it has seen better days. Nobody likes a mouldy curtain!

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Bubble Navy Blue Shower Curtain

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12. Clean the microwave inside and out, so that it smells fresh and is ready to use.

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13. Open the windows and let some restorative fresh air circulate.

14. Dig out the fancy soap. Nobody needs to know you don't always use it!

15. Dim the lights for a wonderfully soft ambience. So inviting!

16. Warn everyone of your home's quirks, such as unreliable toilet flushes. Trust us, it'll spare some blushes!

17. Stock up the minibar, to be the host with the most. Ask ahead to see what everyone likes!

For more guest prep tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 10 secrets to being the perfect host (or house guest).

Are you ready to welcome guests into your home, now you have this list to work from?
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