My latest in bathroom reading has been a book of household hints from 1970. Some of the hints are useful, some of them are truly amusing in their datedness, some of them are perplexing. Something that really struck me was this quote: “There is no point in embroidering or buying a ‘Welcome’ mat if no welcome is obvious; and your home, and its responsibilities begin outside the house.”
It struck me as funny because my doormat says, “Leave”- but it also made me think about what the entrance to my home must look like to visitors. So many of us use a side door or the garage door to enter our homes, that the front entrance may be overlooked when you’re cleaning and decorating your home.
So, go take a good hard look at your front entrance. It might be Halloween soon, but it might be a good idea to knock down the real spider webs anyway. Would a pot of mums brighten up the area? Do you need to sweep? How are the outside walls looking? (It’s funny- mine were looking kind of dirty. A quick hosing down took care of that and went a long way toward making the whole area look better.)
This is an area that doesn’t take very long to maintain, but makes a very big difference in how guests view your house. Go take a look at your front entryway today and see what needs to be done!