What do you do when your aunt calls to tell you she will be arriving two hours ahead of schedule? You look around and take inventory of all the rooms you still have to clean and panic for a full five minutes. After the shock sets in that you don’t have half the time to tidy up as you thought relax. To help you in your time crunch we’ve found a few tips on Apartment Therapy to help you clean up quickly.
- 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 which will set the tone for a clean house.
- Where will they be spending their time? Focus on that room next. Don’t worry about putting everything in the exact right spot (which goes against good organizational advice)—if you have a drawer you use for shoving things out of the way, then use it now and go back and organize it later.
- Check the bathroom: The other room your guests will probably want to use is the restroom, so wipe down the sink and toilet quickly with disinfectant wipes, close the shower curtain, wipe down the mirror and make sure the towels are folded and there’s hand soap nearby.
- Make it smell good: Spray a natural cleaner in the corners of your home to make your entire house smell good.
- Relax: You don’t want to be out of breath as soon as your guests arrive. Do the above steps, sweep the floor if you have the time, and then put some music on and wait for guests to arrive.
Tips adapted from Apartment Therapy.