Steps to Clean the Entryway
Your entryway is one of the most important areas of the house. Why ??? Well, the answer is simple … The entryway is the first area that people see as they walk into your house. All visitors have to come through here – whether they are just needing a signature for a package (the mail person), or a loved one coming to visit. Everyone will see your entryway.
You may not have an actual designated room just for this purpose but you can customize your cleaning and clearing plan based on this thinking and you will still be able to clean up this ‘area’ so that it is more welcoming to anyone walking into your home.
Let’s try something. I want you to go outside and clear your head. Then, I want you to walk into your house. Pretend that you are looking through someone else’s eyes … someone that has never been to your house.
Concentrate on what you see, what you feel, what you smell. I know this sounds funny, but each home has a certain ‘vibe’. If you pay close attention, you will be able to notice it when you walk into new surroundings.
The experts agree that everyone makes their opinion about people and their homes within the first 30 seconds of walking into it. Whether you realize it or not, the smell, the noises, the look and feel of the home have such a profound effect that there have been many books written on this subject … real estate agents will also agree with this. The house can either attract or repel buyers within the first few minutes of them stepping into it.
So, as you walk into your house, put your own personal feelings aside and walk into it with the attitude of someone walking into your house for the first time. Ask yourself these questions …
- What do you feel as you are walking in?
- Do you feel comfortable walking in?
- Is there an odor?/li>
- Are you able to walk in without tripping over things?
- Does the house look neat and clean?
- Does the house look like people care about themselves and their surroundings?
- What exactly does this house say to you?
- What overall impression does the house make?
- What would the assumptions be of the people that live here?
- Do the people take pride in their home and does it show?
- Is the house inviting to all guests?
After you’ve honestly and objectively answered each of those questions, you can move on to the steps of cleaning and clearing your entryway.