Have you ever had one of those horrifying moments when someone called to let you know they were stopping by in 20 or 30 minutes and your house was a disaster? The next time that happens, here’s a four-step plan for cleaning up fast:
1. Start with the bathroom. Use an all-purpose cleaning wipe (or a rag and bottle of all-purpose cleaner) to clean the sink, countertops and toilet top. Clean the mirror and fixtures, straighten the shower curtain and hang fresh towels. Time: 4 minutes
2. Move to the kitchen. Hide dirty dishes and cookware in the dishwasher, if empty. If not, hide them in the oven or put them in a tub and take them to the garage or basement. Use a wipe or rag to clean the counters. Time: 2-1/2 minutes
3. Declutter and dust living spaces. Put newspapers, magazines, shoes and other clutter into a shopping bag or laundry basket and then hide the bag or basket in a bedroom or closet (some call this “stash & dash”). Dust major furniture surfaces. Time: 4-1/2 minutes
4. End with the floors. Vacuum main traffic areas and living spaces, including carpets and bare floors. Store the vacuum in the closet and greet your guests. Time: 5 minutes
Whew! Approximately 16 minutes of hard and fast work and you can face your company without embarrassment.
What strategies do you use for cleaning up fast?