No one’s home is perfect. There will always be some things you miss, and because you live in your home, it can sometimes be messy especially when you’re chasing deadlines or even if you’re simply living with many people. Unfortunately, this also means that you won’t always notice how messy your home can be until guests come over, especially when you don’t expect them.
The good news is that you don’t have to pull out all the stops. Here’s what you need to know to minimize the hassle that comes with last-minute cleaning:
1. Focus on the most important areas in your home
You don’t need to thoroughly clean your entire house when your nosy Auntie comes over for a visit – all you really need to do is keep the high-traffic areas in your home clear.
- Kitchen – Get cleaning! If there’s one area in your home that can draw attention easily, it’s the dishes that are piling up in your sink. Dealing with your dirty dishes is also the first thing you can do when you don’t know where to start.
- Bathroom – Your guests are also likely to use the bathroom, and this is the next place you should look into.
- Guest room – While it’s also great to clean as many areas as you can, the guest room really only needs attention if your guests plan on staying at least overnight.
- Living room – Despite how cluttered your living room may look, this is actually the easiest to de-clutter.
When you’re cleaning your home, you will also need to run back and forth between rooms, so be sure to grab your cleaning materials before starting, such as the following:
- Laundry basket/s
- Large trash bags
- Glass cleaner
2. House guests won’t notice every little detail…
Your guests are there to stay and have a good time with you, so as long as you keep your home mostly clean and clutter-free, they shouldn’t pay too much attention. If the people coming over are your friends, they’re also less likely to judge.
In fact, if you have friends or distant family coming over, they can even help you clean up your place and make the whole process easier on you.
However, if your nosy relative is dropping by to visit, you will need to make a little extra effort to make sure things look clean.
3. Don’t forget yourself
After the last-minute clean-up, you’re probably sweating like crazy trying to keep your home in order, so the last thing you need to clean is obviously yourself. If you don’t have the time for a quick shower, wipe yourself down with a towel, or change your shirt if it’s soaked in sweat.