So you’re lounging around on a Sunday morning and the phone rings. It’s your mother-in-law! And she’s coming over in 20 minutes! You look around and the house is a wreck. I’m going to give you a few quick steps to make your house look clean fast.
1. Grap a laundry basket and rag
You’re going to grab a laundry basket and throw everything in it that’s not in it’s place (except dishes). Go through the living room and kitchen. Get everything that doesn’t belong off the floor, counters and table tops and throw it in the basket. Don’t worry about putting things away. You can do that later. While you are clearing counters and table tops, wipe them at the same time with the rag. Just throw the rag over your shoulder and wipe as you go. Once you’re done, hide the laundry basket in a closet or somewhere your guests will not go.
2. Hide the dishes
Go around the house and grab all the dishes and throw them in the dishwasher. Don’t worry about rinsing them or organizing them. You can do that later. If you don’t have a dishwasher, grab a box or another laundry basket and put them under the sink.
3. Quick bathroom wipe down
Concentrate on the one bathroom you know your guests will use. Take the toilet brush and brush any stains out of the bowl. If you have cleaner with you, great. If not, just scrub with the brush. It will come clean enough. Then take some toilet paper and wipe the rim. Then rinse out the sink and take your rag and wipe down the counter and mirror. If you have any Febreze or smell-good stuff, spray it around. What smells clean is clean.
4. Speed floors
The best way to make your house look clean is to have clean floors. You can run the vacuum all over the house, or you can use a Swiffer. I like the Swiffer with the Swiffer Sweeper Heavy Duty Pet Dry Pads. Spot wipe with your rag as needed.
And there you have it. A house that looks clean in a jiffy. And your company will be none the wiser. Just make sure the mother-in-law doesn’t go wondering.