Help! Incoming guests within an hour and the house is a mess!
Relax! You’ve come to the right place. Breathe deeply, get yourself together and read on. Here are some tips to help you clean house in a jiffy; you can call them the Five D’s of Quick House Cleaning.
The trick to cleaning your house in the shortest time possible is to have a system you can bank on, especially for cleaning chores. One helpful way is to divide your living space into manageable zones.
By splitting up your house into smaller chunks, you avoid being overwhelmed by the task at hand. It is also ideal that you set a specific length of time (and keep within your time limit!) working on a specific zone so you can have your house ready for guests quickly.
Here’s a suggested zoning list you can use for your home. You can modify the zoning divisions, putting two-and-two together, according to your needs; use what applies best for you:
The secret to a clean house is to make it smell, look, and feel clean. It is important that you wash or wipe away organisms and substances that can make your living place feel or smell like a dump site. Make your home as spotless as a hospital through the Four W’s:
It is a good idea to practice the Four Ws regularly to prevent dust and grime from accumulating. In this way, when you need to clean up house in a flash, you don’t have to worry much about your guests smelling something icky.
You also need to consider investing in a steam mop. This is a specialized mop that delivers jets of dry steam on surfaces, allowing for a deeper and more thorough clean. A steam mop also makes wiping and cleaning surface much, much easier.
You have to get rid of stuff in your house that can possibly “pollute” the environment. Substances that contribute noxious odors are a priority here; you need to be as merciless as possible to ensure your guests are not welcomed by something unpleasant.
Also, keep in mind that women are more sensitive to odors, so you need to make your man-cave smelling fresh and clean. Riffle through your house and dispose of smelly stuff, such as:
Go through the stuff in your home and see what looks out of place. Remember the black dot in the middle of a sheet of paper? A person’s eyes are naturally drawn to features that stand out. Keep this in mind when arranging stuff—see what looks off and put it back in place, including:
Your home is your personal space, and it contains everything about YOU. When people come to visit, they see your tastes, your personality, and maybe a bit of where you came from.
Showcase items that tell your guests important facets of your personality. These can also be helpful pieces to start a meaningful conversation with, such as:
Remember to put out items that are worth discussing and not put your guests off. A bonsai plant is worth displaying; the dried umbilical cord or foreskin when you were still little is not. Let your guests know you as a person of good taste—with a clean house.