If you’ve only been given a little bit of time to clean up before unexpected guests make their way to your home (or you completely forgot about that dinner party you said you were going to host one night) don’t stress out about the state of cleanliness your house may be in. There are a few proven ways to clean up quickly before company shows up.
1) First impressions: Walk outside then walk back
in. What do you see? A messy entryway? Couch cushions all asunder? Focus
on what your guests will see first and pick up those areas. You’ll set
the tone for a clean house (even if your carpet hasn’t been vacuumed in
2) Where will they be spending their time? The
answer is probably the living room, so focus on that room next. Toss
magazines and books back onto shelves and anything else that is out of
place. Don’t worry about putting everything in the exact right
spot (we know, this goes against good organizational advice)—if you’ve
got a drawer you use for shoving things out of the way, then use it.
3) Clean up that bathroom: The other room your
guests will probably want to use is the restroom, so wipe down the sink
and toilet quickly (we love disinfectant wipes for this purpose), close
the shower curtain, wipe down the mirror and make sure the towels are
folded and there’s some hand soap nearby.
4) Make it smell good: My roommate and I have
stumbled across a magical phenomenon. A few sprays in some of our
corners of Mrs. Meyer’s all purpose cleaner and the whole house smells
like we cleaned it. We didn't invent this trick, but we do suggest
sticking with a natural cleaner so your guests don’t end up inhaling
5) Relax! You don’t want to be out of breath as soon
as your guests arrive (you’ll let on that you were just rushing around)
so do the above steps, sweep the floor a bit if you’ve got a minute,
and then put some music on and wait for guests to arrive. They’re there
to see you, anyway, and probably won’t notice too much messiness!
What are your favorite get quick clean tips? Have you ever been
surprised by a guest when your house was really messy? Have you ever
managed to be surprised by a guest and your house was actually clean?
Let us know!
Source: Apartment Therapy