Our editors dish on their easy and time-saving tips for making a messy house feel neat and tidy in no time at all. If the clock's already running down, here are the top three things to know about a quick cleaning:
We've all had to do a frantic house clean before. Being prepared for a quick clean makes sure the job gets done.
Store key cleaning supplies in an easily accessable area, like the laundry room or under a sink. Supplies should include paper towels, newspaper, glass cleaner, dusting rags, dusting spray, cleaning wipes, plastic grocery bags, and room freshening spray.
Tip! Bring your cleaning supplies with you from room to room in a caddy. Collect garbage in plastic grocery bags as you clean and toss everything when you're finished.
Get Guest Ready
If you're cleaning for guests, focus your time on the bathroom. Put out fresh towels and clean the sink, toilet, and tub.
Next, sit where you'll be entertaining guests, on the sofa for example, and look to see which areas will be in your guests' line of sight. Then, tidy up those spaces.
Don't be afraid to close doors. If you weren't able to get to everything on your cleaning checklist before your guests arrive, don't dispair. Close doors to certain rooms to hide the mess.
Tip! Light a scented candle to help create a fresh and welcoming ambiance.
Keep a small, empty basket in the kitchen. When you're doing a quick clean use the basket to store lose papers and mail that accumulate on countertops. Tuck the basket out of sight on a shelf or on top of the refrigerator.
Before you start cleaning, set a laundry basket at the bottom of the stairs or at the end of the hallway. As you go around the house put items in here that belong upstairs or in bedrooms and bring them up all together. This will save you from running up and down the stairs.
Tip! Make sure to clear out and tidy the entryway or mudroom where guests will be entering the house.