When you look around a room, you tend to just see what you like to see. The grotty grubby corners don’t stand out; the dust collecting over the stand under the tv; the tide marks around the edge of pale coloured furniture and furnishings where the vacuuming has been effected very quick but selectively. That’s just the lounge and bedrooms. When you get to the bathrooms and kitchen, and really look over the cabinets and fixtures. . . The state of them becomes obvious when a big family event is sheduled or someone is coming to stay. The need to get the house really clean and tidy then becomes a much bigger task than we first think. If this all makes you feel daunted and unable to cope, do not panic. There are now fantastic companies who will come in and do a total clean through – they arrange for the curtains and window blinds to be thoroughly cleaned too, or even skip hire. Not just carpets, which will be beautifully refreshed and as near new as possible. It’s so worthwhile paying for this level of cleanliness.