Even the best housekeepers and the most organized people can experience a moment of panic when they find out guests are coming shortly and the house is a mess. Now is the time for spring cleaning with the help of Onlycanistervacuum but if you’re one of the many who just hasn’t gotten to the deep cleaning yet, don’t freak out. I have a three-step solution to trick your guests into thinking your house is clean.
Step One: Dash and Stash
If you only have a couple of hours or less and you’re worried that guests will notice your house isn’t in top shape, take a deep breath. The first step to trick your guests into thinking your house is clean is to do a dash and stash through the house. Carry a garbage bag with you.
On the first run through the house, put any trash in the garbage bag and gather up the dirty clothes in a laundry basket. Dump the dirty clothes into the washing machine. If it’s too much for one load, put the entire basket into the bathtub and pull the shower curtain all the way across. Unless you’re having overnight guests, no one will bother to look in the bathtub.
Do a second run through the house with a shopping bag or another laundry basket and gather up anything else from the floor that belongs somewhere else. Put the entire basket in your bedroom closet and shut the door.
Step Two: De-Clutter Surfaces
The next step to trick your guests into thinking your house is clean is to de-clutter all the surfaces in your house. This means countertops in the bathroom and kitchen. It also means the kitchen table and end tables or coffee table in your living room. When you are trying to project the illusion of clean, LESS is more. Leave just one magazine or book and the remote on the coffee table. End tables should have lamps and a coaster or maybe a photo or two in a frame.
In the kitchen, small appliances like that crock pot, Ninja bullet, or panini maker, can go into a cabinet out of sight. Wash the dishes or if time is short and you won’t be cooking during this event, tuck them into the oven out of sight.
In the bathroom, put all your personal hygiene products, makeup, and extra medications, etc. into a small basket and tuck into a cabinet or under the counter. Wipe down all surfaces with the appropriate cleaner. Again, less is more. Leave one roll of toilet paper on its holder, some soap, and a hand towel in case anyone needs to wash their hands.
Step Three: Finishing Touches
When it comes to the third step, time is short, so it’s all about finishing touches. Focus on the extra things that will trick your guests into thinking your house is clean. Clean the toilet and wipe down the tank and sides because chances are someone will need to use the facilities. Empty the bathroom trash basket into the kitchen one. Grab your vacuum and do all the carpeted floors in the house. Sweep and mop any tile or linoleum floors. Shine mirrors and windows in each room.
Before guests arrive, take one last look around for anything out of place and take care of it. Spray air freshener or burn a pleasant-smelling incense or candle to give guests a pleasant odor when they come in the door.