Ideally, everyone should pick up the phone and let someone know when they’re coming to visit but there are times when unexpected things happen. Let’s say you meet someone and you invite them over for dinner and there’s just not much time to clean the house before they arrive. There are numerous similar situations and in such cases you have to find a way to make your home look presentable in just a few minutes. To help you save time and effort, we’ve put together a few tips.
Start with the entryway.
The entryway is the first thing guests see when they arrive. So make sure it looks nice and clean. Hide all your shoes and make room for those of your guests’ and straighten up the clothes rack. The mat should look nice and the room should smell nice.
Straighten up the place.
Start with a few wick fixes. Replace the towels with fresh ones, hide your personal items in drawers, close the shower curtains, make sure there’s plenty of toilet paper in the bathroom, that there’s soap near the sink and take the newspapers and magazines off the sofa and on a shelf or rack.
Head to the kitchen.
Since the kitchen is now mostly a social space, you should make sure it looks nice and clean when your guests arrive. To remove the clutter, hide the dirty dishes, get the trash out, close the dishwasher and just find a temporary place for all the things that don’t belong there or that disturb the décor.
Focus on the bathroom.
If a guest needs to use the bathroom, make sure it looks nice and doesn’t leave him/her a bad impression. Hide the brushes, put new toilet paper, new towels, straighten up the bathroom mat and make sure the curtains are up. Also, don’t let an ugly tub ruin the décor.
Take care of the sink.
Both the sink in the kitchen and that in the bathroom need to be spotless. So clean them up quickly, make the faucets sparkle and make everything shine. Sometimes hair gets caught in the drain so make sure you remove it and throw it away.
Clean the countertops.
The countertops should always be clean. So if you have dirty dishes in the kitchen, just hide them quickly in a cabinet or in the dishwasher and you can take care of them later. In the bathroom, straighten up the towels and hide all your personal items, leaving the countertops clean.
Organize the living room.
Then it’s time to focus on the living room, since you and your guests will most likely spend most of the time there. Streamline all your items and organize the room. Gather all the things that don’t belong there and hide them somewhere or put them in a room that you know will remain out of reach for the guests. Also, hide all the bills and papers that might be lying around.
Dust the TV.
In the living room, the TV is one of the most noticeable elements and it’s also a piece that attracts dust. So take a cloth and quickly wipe it clean. Turn it off when the guests arrive and the conversations focus on something else.
Opens the windows and curtains.
A room is more welcoming and inviting when there’s proper lighting. So, on a sunny day, open the curtains and let the light flood the room. If it’s dark outside, make sure the room is properly lit and don’t create an obscure atmosphere.
Make sure you have clean dishes.
It’s important to have everything clean and ready. To clean some glasses in advance and put up some ash trays in case you or your guests are smokers. Don’t let your guests waiting while you wash some dishes.