A quick guide to cleaning your house when you’re pressed for time.
Don’t you wish that there were simple ways to make your house “look” clean? Well there are! Many quick fixes can make your house “look” clean even if it really isn’t.
Here are a few simple ways to make your house look great (especially if you only have a couple of hours until your guest arrives), and not even need to hire that maid.
Clean Your Chrome
Bathroom chrome can get water stains and more. By cleaning chrome you get your guests (or maybe yourself) to notice a nice shiny sink or doorknob, this gives the idea that you spend extra time cleaning even if you only spent 5 minutes.
Use a tooth brush and tooth pasteto clean your chrome if you don’t havechrome cleaner.It works almost as well as the purchasable stuff!
The Bird Hit That Window
Making your glass and mirrors very sparkly are also a way to make it seem that your house is clean. Take out some Windex and try to get as many finger prints and streaks out as you can.
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If you keep getting streaks wash your windows using Windex and newspapers.It leaves a great streak-free shine.
Breathe in Some Fresh Air
Smelly air can really make your house seem dirty. Put in some air fresheners or buy an air purifier (make sure it’s hidden so people don’t know that your hiding something). If you want more of a decadent look, light a candle 15 -30 minutes before guests arrive.
Take out the Trash
No, I don’t mean your guests! No one wants to see your garbage bin full of who-knows-what. Taking out the trash, and picking up wrappers off the floor, table, or wherever trash is visible can make it look like you are a fairly good housekeeper.
Try to get a garbage can with a lid.That way even if your bag isn’t full,it’s still hard to see the garbage.Also try to buy scented garbage bags in case you have a load of old food or smelly diapers in your garbage.
Do Those Bills
Later Don’t leave a giant pile of papers on your desk of coffee table. It makes your house look cluttered, and no one really wants to know that you’ve been selected to win 1 million dollars in a sweepstakes when they haven’t…
Cobwebs, Dust bunnies, and Dirt
Oh my! If you have some time try to vacuum your floor and mop. Also get a broom and knock those cobwebs off of lighting fixtures. Dust, dirt, and cobwebs really distract from the overall appeal of your house.
Do the Dishes
Make sure you sink isn’t full of dirty dishes, if you don’t have time to do your dishes just try to flood your sink with soapy water or put your dishes in the dishwasher and just leave it off.
Make your Bed
If you are going to leave your room visible make sure your beds made! I know this seems a little redundant but the fact is that some people forget to make their beds, and if your bed is made It will at least look as if you’ve tried to clean your home for your guest
Get that Junk Off the Floor
If you have a lot of “stuff” on the floor then it might be a good idea to keep an empty laundry basket or garbage can to store things when guests come over. Dog toys dirty clothes, extra boxes or small kid’s toys can easily fit into a laundry basket and stored in a closet until your guests leave.
Don’t forget about your basket! You don’t want to lose something and not remember that you hid it when your guest came over.
Make The First Impression
Make sure that when your guests open your door that they see a nice tidy house. Even if the rest of the house isn’t perfect the first room that your front door opens to should be nice and clean, that way your guest will “think” that the rest of your house is spic and span.
Welcome mats on the inside of your home look tacky.If you want your quest to step onto something nice then buy an area rug that matches some of your rooms Décor.
Hopefully these tips will help you when you get that unexpected call from your guests saying they will be at your house in a few hours. Until next time happy cleaning!
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