Do you need to quickly clean your home?
Are you expecting company? Are friends coming over for the evening? Is your Mother-In-Law visiting?
Is your house a mess? Are you feeling the stress? Do you think you will never be able to finish it all in time?
have no fear! Just follow these quick and simple cleaning steps to get your home company ready in no time.
Step 1 – Gather your cleaning tools
Step 2 – Prepare your home for cleaning
Grab your laundry basket and trash bag and go to front door. Begin in the first room your guests will see. Pick up all the trash from the room – candy wrappers, old newspapers, scraps of paper, etc. Don’t worry about recycling – today you are in a crisis cleaning mode. Quickly gather up the trash and move on.
If you feel you must recycle
then throw all the recyclable items into a cardboard box to be sorted
later. Right now, you just want to get your house to be guest ready.
put anything that is out of place in the room away. If it is housed in
the room, then place it in its proper place. If it belongs in another
room, then put it in the laundry basket. You will put all the items
that have been collected in the laundry basket back in their correct
place once you have finished clearing all rooms.
you finish clearing a room, move to the next adjoining room. Continue
through the house. Do not take the time to organize. You are just
clearing the visible areas your guests will see. It may help to set
your timer for 5-10 minutes to keep you from spending too much time on
When you have completed the last room, take the trash bag out to the garbage can. Next take your laundry basket and go from room to room placing the misplaced items back in their proper places.
Step 3 – Clean Your Home
Remember you are not spring cleaning. You are cleaning the most visible areas so your guests will see a clean house.
all of your cleaning supplies, duster, vacuum, etc to the room where
your front door is located. If it is the foyer, then that is where you
will begin. If your front door opens to the living room then that is
your starting point.
Set your timer for 15 minutes.
Then, with your duster, dust all surfaces. When you have finished
dusting that room, clean any mirrors that are present. Then Vacuum or
sweep the floor. Finally mop the floor if necessary.
you have finished that room, move on to the next adjoining room and
repeat the process. Complete these steps in each room before beginning
the next room. This prevents you from wasting time running from one
room to another and ensures that the rooms your guests are most likely
to see will be clean.
Remember you are not deep
cleaning. Don’t move or vacuum under furniture. Don’t use a toothbrush
to clean cracks and crevices. Just clean the surfaces your guests will
A special note about the bathroom – when you clean
the bathroom your guests will be using, wipe the sink and counter, swish
the toilet, wipe the toilet seats and polish the mirror. Sweep and mop
the floor if it needs it.
If you are having overnight guests, then spend a little extra time cleaning in the bedroom and bathroom they will be using.