When you have to look after your own house, it’s up to you how clean and tidy you let it stay. When you are away and have someone else popping in for any reason, you want to make sure you leave it as bright and shiny as you can. This was very much a moot point when some neighbours went away on their holidays – the previous family were outstandingly clean, tidy and when I did my house checks, I could see at a glance if anything was out of place. It was beautifully clean and the carpets immaculate – a very good advert for the commercial carpet cleaning ompany they used regularly! Having retained the dubious privilege of key holder when the house changed hands, I stepped up to sort it out when the alarm awoke us all at 4.30 one morning. The startling difference now was the state of the house. Such a chaotic scene met me, it was difficult to tell that they hadn’t actually been burgled – it looked like that all the time! I shall find the name of the cleaning company the previous owners used – they also offer a declutter and refresh service when a thorough house clean is needed.