Quick Cleaning for Company
You’ve probably had that bad feeling before. The feeling you get when you’ve been putting off your cleaning chores because…well, there are reasons! And then it strikes: you get a text or a call (or even worse, a doorbell!) that someone is coming over. In 15 minutes. Or sooner!! What the heck are you supposed to do?!?! And like, why is your spouse suddenly nowhere to be found?
Well, I am here to tell you exactly what to do because this has happened to me one too many times! Thankfully these days I’ve pretty much learned my lesson and keep my house relatively tidy. But when my house was smaller and clutter-ier and my kids were younger, choas struck much more frequently. When this happened, I would employ the following, which I lovingly refer to as “PANIC CLEANING“:
How to PANIC CLEAN in four easy steps:
- Bathroom Bonanza (3 minutes)
There is probably a 99.99% chance that at least one guest will use the bathroom at some point. Wipe down the toilet tank and bowl with a handful of toilet paper that you’ve frantically ripped off the roll. Then toss it in the trash. Grab a disinfecting wipe and wipe down the seat if it’s too gross to handle with the toilet paper. Also toss. Now swish the toilet bowl. Get another wipe and wipe off your counter/sink. Grab another frantic wad of toilet paper and with the TINIEST amount of water, spot clean your mirror, making sure to push hard and get it completely dry to avoid streaks. Lastly, empty the bathroom trash.
- Clutter Sweep (5 minute)
Get a pocket apron or a laundry basket and go through the main areas of your house, scooping up anything that does not belong. You can either dump the items in room they belong in, or if there’s too many locations to sort and deliver, shove the whole thing in a closet you’re guests won’t see. Straighten up your pillows & such and get it as presentable as you can in five minutes. Close doors to rooms that are messy.
- Kitchen Commando (5 minutes)
Corral your dishes into the sink. Make as neat of a pile as you can and place them in the sink as neatly as possible. They won’t be as obvious if they’re down in your sink, as opposed to being strewn on the counter. Once they’re clear of dishes, wipe down the table, counters and appliances.
- Girl, Wash Your Face (2 minutes)
Okay, now get yourself presentable. Brush your hair, or if it’s being really unpleasant then, ponytail! A clean shirt is definitely recommended. Maybe throw on some powder or blush and some lip gloss. Extra deodorant might be a nice touch also, since you’ve been doing high intensity cleaning cardio for the last 15 minutes.
If you can’t get everything done before your guests arrive, try slyly sneaking off or excusing yourself to the restroom to pack in a little more stealth cleaning before your company discovers the ugly truth! You sly dog, you!
Congratulations! You are now ready for a last minute visitor. You can adjust this emergency cleaning list to be longer or shorter, based on the time you have available. Check out my YouTube channel for some more in depth cleaning videos.