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We’ve all had the unexpected call or text from a family member or friend notifying you that they’re in town and want to stop by for a visit in all of 15 minutes! If you’re anything like me, the response is usually “Sure!” as my brain goes into panic mode. A quick scan of the living room shows toys everywhere. A peek in the kitchen reveals dishes still sitting in the sink from breakfast. I don’t even need to look in the bathroom to know that the toilet seat was probably left up by one of my sons and is most likely not flushed! You can work yourself into a frenzy fast, but with a game plan you can easily clean up for unexpected guests in 10 minutes.
Here are the only 3 items you will need to Clean Up for Unexpected Guests
Only focus on the main living space where your guest might see.
This will most likely be the living room, kitchen and bathroom.
First stop- The Bathroom (3 minutes)
This is always the room I start with first for two reasons.
- There is nothing more unwelcoming than a dirty bathroom.
- I have two young boys. Enough said.
Take a wipe and start with the sink. Wipe down all sink fixtures and counter. Use a second wipe for the doorknobs/light switch, etc if needed. Quickly wipe down the toilet and anything noticeable on the floor with additional wipes. Done.
Second- Hide the Clutter (3 minutes)
This is where the magic happens. Walk around your main living space and throw anything in a laundry basket that doesn’t belong. Throw every toy that is lying around in there. Collect every dirty sock, magazine, cup, crayon, stuffed animal and other random items and pack it in. Then, get rid of the evidence! Now is not the time to put everything back in it’s place. Put the basket in the laundry room, closet, basement, or wherever you are certain no one will be going and shut the door!
Third- Hand Vacuum up any noticeable messes (1 minutes)
Most guests are not going to be focusing on your floors, unless there is a noticeable mess, i.e. 100 cheerios under the kitchen table or a big jelly blob on the ground.
Lastly- the Kitchen sink (3 minutes)
If there are any dishes in the sink, just throw them in the dishwasher. Don’t worry about organizing them neatly or even if they are dishwasher safe. Just think of this as a temporary hiding place. Have you ever opened someone’s dishwasher? Then use a wipe to spot treat any noticeable messes on the kitchen counter and stove.
Have an extra minute or two to spare?
Do a quick scan for dust and use something like a swiffer duster to collect and lock the dust. Then freshen yourself up and have a seat, as if you have been sitting waiting there for them the whole time.
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