As the holidays rapidly approach, you might be stressing about company that will be arriving in the next few weeks. You want to clean up around the house before your guests arrive, but you simply can’t find the time or energy to get started.
Most people think that doing a full home clean takes a lot longer than it should. If you find yourself in a situation where you only have a little time to clean up before your guests arrive, you shouldn’t stress about the state of cleanliness your house is in.
Even if you completely spaced about that dinner party you said you going to host that one night, these simple but proven tips will help you clean up quickly before your company arrives:
Make An Entrance To Your Own Home
It’s important to make a good first impression, so take a second to walk outside and then walk back in, observing everything as you move through your entryway to your common area and dining room. Take time to give attention to areas your guests will see first. This will help you set the tone for a clean house.
Focus Where Your Guests Will Be Spending Their Time
Odds are that most of your guests will be spending the majority of their time in either the living or dining rooms. You should focus on these areas next, putting anything lying around back in its’ place and tossing any trash that you find. Everything doesn’t have to be in the exact right spot as long you can clear the area for your soon-to-be arriving guests.
Clean The Bathroom
Most of your guests will have to use the restroom at some point in the night, so this area should get your attention next. Make sure to wipe down the sink and toilet, preferably with disinfectant wipes. You can also close the shower curtain, wipe down the mirror, make sure all towels are folded, and be sure to leave hand soap nearby for your guests’ use.
Don’t Ignore Scents
When your guests first arrive, they will not only observe the state of your home, but they will also smell the scent of your home’s interior. A great trick is to hit the corners of your home with a few sprays of Mrs. Meyer’s all-purpose cleaner. Although you didn’t actually have time to clean everywhere, this will make your home smell like you did.
Take a Deep Breath!
As the big night approaches, make sure not to stress out too much. A telltale sign that you’ve been rushing around putting the finishing touches on the last details is showing up to the door to greet your guests and being out of breath.
Take a deep breath as your guests begin to arrive, put some music on, and take some time to enjoy yourself. After all, your guests are there to see you, not necessarily your home. If you complete the steps above, it’s unlikely that your guests will notice any messiness.