Would you have a smile on your face and welcome me with open arms, or would it be more of a grimace with you feeling dread and anticipation?
Many of the people who I see at home don't want me to turn up on their doorstep early in the morning because they want the time to sort out the kids, the pets, the breakfast mess or all of the above.
We're pleased to invite others into our home once we've had an opportunity to make our home look reasonably tidy but how do you cope with those unexpected drops ins?
If you knocked on my front door today my house would be tidy but you'd have to straddle over the shoe graveyard in the hallway.
Today, I don't see the mountain of shoes as a mess because they symbolise that the children are home, they have friends over and it's time to kick back and relax.
Now that doesn't mean that I'll put up with the disorder every day because most of the time the hall is organised, and that's important to consider... when is it ok to have a little disruption in your home (high days and holidays) and when is it mindful to have an organised home?
For a fit and healthy home, you should live in an organised home but that doesn't meant to say that it's perfect 100% of the time.
Our busy lives, entertaining guests and modern day lifestyle naturally brings mess and disruption to every home.
In the conversation this week, one lady mentioned that it would take her half a day to tidy up before visitors arrive. How long would it take you to get your home straight and ship shape for visitors?
In my Autumn interior design workshop
"5 SECRET STEPS TO YOUR MINDFUL HOME"
I show you how to organise your home and keep it looking gorgeous so that it only takes half an hour to tidy up instead of half a day. What would you do with the extra time? I'd be down the gym or go out for a walk.
In my Autumn interior design workshop I'll be specifically looking at
CLUTTER PERSONALITIES because a mindful home is not just organised, it's organised for you and how you like to tidy up and keep of top of things.
If you can't wait until my Autumn interior design workshop and want to take some action today then here are my top designer tips for dealing with the
CLUTTER TRIGGERS in every home.
These clutter triggers are the key areas that cause mess in the hallway, making your home look untidy and ruining a great first impression.
Each of these clutter triggers can either be on show or hidden away. If you like your home to look spick and span then consider cupboards to hide things away, or if you have the space then a boot room would be ideal: