We all love our friends and family, but when they decide to stop by out of the blue when you planned to have a lazy weekend, panic ensues. Making your home look decent in 30 minutes when you hadn’t had the time to clean for the past ten days is a challenge, but it can be done. Here are some tips from the pros in Helpling SG to get the mess in your house under control in half an hour.
Start with the Living Room
Since this is the place where your guests will be, you want to make sure that the room seems as tidy as possible. First remove the clutter in the form of trash, dirty dishes and clothing that hangs around everywhere. If it’s easier, get a garbage bag, run a quick scan of the room and throw away everything that isn’t supposed to be there. When it comes to putting your clothes away, do it efficiently and thoroughly, it doesn’t have to be orderly – guests hopefully won’t be looking in your closet. After that, grab a cleaning cloth or microfiber mitt and wipe down the most visible surfaces that will definitely be used, especially the coffee table. Quickly wipe the mirrors in the house clean, everything will look better for it. Finally, after you’re done with all other rooms, super quickly vacuum the floors, there’s no time for detailed sweeping and mopping now. Stack your books and magazines, fluff the pillows and voila, the living room is guest-friendly.
Move on to the Kitchen
If your apartment doesn’t have separate rooms, then you better believe that you will need to get your kitchen in order too. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but you should spend 7-10 minutes here. If you’ve got dirty dishes, stick them in the dishwasher, you don’t even have to wash them right away, just get them out of site. Use wet wipes or paper towels to wipe the countertops clean, repeat the action with the dining table – the surfaces will look shiny in no time. It’s also a good idea to wipe down all the kitchen appliances and if you’ve got some stuck food on your stove, attack it with a sponge and a bit of detergent and be finished in a minute. Arrange the chairs neatly, remove all the clutter from the table and counters, and if you’ve got a bit of time, wipe your trash can clean too, it will make a lot of difference. If you’ve got some refreshments and snacks, bring them out on the table, it will look effortless, but considerate.
Final stop – Bathroom
Your guests will definitely be venturing to the bathroom at some point, so you want to make sure you’ve got the mess in there under control. Use a universal cleaner to get to every surface in there, be extra focused on the toilet bowl, sink and the mirror because those are the things that will be most used. Spray with the cleaner, let it sit while you wipe the floor and other surfaces with wet wipes and after a few minutes just wash the dirt away with water. Arrange your cosmetics and hygiene products the best you can, remove all the clothes lying around and you can even light a scented candle to make everything smell nice and look cozy.
Open your windows to let the fresh air in and use an air freshener to make your entire place smell nice while you’re running around, doing your speed cleaning. After you’re done, take a look in the mirror and see if you look presentable before the doorbell rings.