We all have had it happen, that phone call that says on the other end, “We will be there in 30 minutes.” Then the sinking feeling when you look around and realize you just have not gotten around to cleaning up in the past day or so. Don’t panic, here is How To Clean Your Home For Company In 30 Minutes!
Game Plan * Act * Enjoy
First, remember your goal is to enjoy your company and make them feel welcome. Decide which rooms your company will see and plan on shutting the doors of all the other rooms. Light some nice smelling candles so the house will smell welcoming by the time they arrive.
Start with the room you will spend the most time in first.
For the living room grab a large box, your goal is to hide the clutter which is most noticeable to your company. Put everything away that belongs in the living room and if it goes in another room put it in the box. Then put the box in a closed-door room. Deal with it after your company is gone. Next, step back and look at the big picture, what large areas will they notice when they walk in. The couches should have their pillows fluffed and placed neatly. Large tables should have all the clutter gone and make the decorations neat.
In the kitchen start by rinsing all the dishes and wipe out the sink. Stack the dishes neatly in your sink unless time allows for you to load them in the dishwasher. Put everything away in the cabinets or drawers if time allows. If not put everything in a box, hide it behind one of those closed doors and deal with it later. Wipe down all counter tops and then grab a wet rag and spot mop all the sticky or dirty spots on the floor.
Then head to the bathroom for touch up cleaning there. I have found Windex Glass and Surface Wet Wipes work best for speed cleaning. Always keep a pack in your bathroom. Plan on using one for each key area which are the counters, sinks and faucets, mirrors, toilet and floor.
Finally, one way to make dust and dirt not so noticeable is to dim your lights. Then go change your clothes if needed, grab a glass of water or tea, put on some nice music in the background. By then your company should almost be there.
When your guests arrive relax, offer them a drink or snack. Don’t apologize for any messes left lying around, it will only draw attention to them. Your goal is to focus on enjoying your company and making them feel welcome not to worry about those dust bunnies watching you from the corners.