Our house has non-stop traffic in the summertime! With that comes dirty feet, sticky fingers, and sandy clothes. When the kids go back to school, I find that our house needs to be scoured to feel like a home again. This is a three-step process for us. The first area I target is the upholstery and carpets. It is so worth it to have a company come in and professionally clean all of it to get rid of all the sand, grime, and sticky messes that have been left behind. Once they are done, make sure you fluff all the pillows on the sofas and chairs and rotate them. Voila! Your furnishings will look and feel new again. The second step is getting a clean Magic Eraser and hitting all the walls and baseboards. Those fingerprints and scuff marks will come off with little effort. If you want to go that extra mile, you can grab the old paint and touch up all the dings and dents. Lastly, I stage an old toy and clothes purge where we donate all the items we are not going to use anymore. You will be amazed at how much more space you gain back! If all else fails and you do not have time to get all of this done, bring in some fresh flowers. They always make me smile, and I feel so much better about my space when they are around.