You can cook a mean pot-pie. Knitting a new scarf is a breeze. And when someone asks for a hand in taking care of their little ones, you can entertain the kiddos with ease. But when the words “Clean” and “Home” come together, panic and a little fear like to settle within your stomach. It’s hard enough to get things neat and tidy at your work desk, but making sure all is sparkling in the home is a pain in your side every time you think about it. Problem is that you KNOW you need to make your living quarters presentable, so a game plan is necessary!
Well, blogger Mary Fischer wants to keep you and I in the loop and in step with a few tricks to get our places a little fresher, with a little more Mr. Clean instead of Mr. Grouch and his trashcan homeland:
Designate a ‘Dump’ Room
Whether it be a bonus room, guest room, bathroom, whatever — simply toss all of your clutter into one place, shut the door, and voila! Guests will never know your home was a pig pen an hour before they arrived.
Put Papers & Mail Into Bags
You don’t have time to go through the stacks of mail and papers before everyone comes over, so simply toss them all into a grocery bag, put it into the closet, then pull it out the next day to sort through once the party’s over.
Dust Floors Instead of Mopping
When there’s no time to wet mop hardwood, tile, or other non-carpeted floors, simply get a dust sweeper to pick up loose dirt, hair, and grime. Your floors will smell great and look clean in no time.
Do a Quick Wipe Down
Don’t waste time scrubbing. Get a pack of cleaning wipes or grab a bottle of all-purpose cleaner and go over sinks, the toilet seat, kitchen counters, and other hard surfaces in your home for a quick fix that makes everything smell nice and fresh.
Save Vacuuming for Last — & You’re Done!
Always leave vacuuming until the last minute — and just do a quick sweep of the rooms guests will be using. You’ll be ready to relax and mingle in a jiffy!