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5 Quick Ways To Clean Up Before Guests Arrive

How many times have you found yourself in a situation where guests are arriving in less than an hour only to realize that your house is a mess and needs good cleaning? Well you're in luck! We're going to give you a couple of tips to help you clean your house as quickly as possible. Of course, the first rule in keeping a house tidy is to regularly clean it. There are many reasons why your house may be in its current state like being too busy to clean up or having no one to help you at all, but that’s not what we’re here for. So, let’s get right on to it. 

The first thing you should do is to think of your house as strategically as possible. There are four key areas a house has that guests will usually linger in or use. That would be your living room, dining room, kitchen and the restroom. Now that you have these places in your mind, these should be the first ones to clean. 

1. Always Have Boxes Handy 

Most of the mess in your house is caused by items which are not supposed to be where they are. Since you're in a hurry, you can remove these items by quickly stuffing them into boxes and moving them to a secluded area. Make sure to put them in as carefully as you can so you can maximize space and reduce breakage. 

2. A Room That’s Out Of The Way 

As mentioned above, you should place all unwanted items in a secluded room which isn't easily accessible to your guests. Since it's a temporary fix, your bedroom can be the perfect spot, unless the only restroom is there of course. In that case, keep them in your attic or garage. No one goes to those places.

 3. Remove Unpleasant Scents And Ugly Stains

Nothing is more off putting than a house filled with unpleasant scents and ugly stains. You can remove stains and scents quickly by dabbing a wet cloth in a lemon scented detergent or cleansing agent and wiping the most obvious stains away. After that, you can place what's left of the lemon scented water in a spray can and spray it all over your house. 

4. No One Likes A Dirty Kitchen 

There's nothing more despicable than seeing a dirty kitchen with piles of dirty plates in the kitchen sink. You have two choices, put them in a box and hide them (which then presents another problem: What will you use to eat with?) or wash them as quickly as possible. Depending on the number of things to wash, this task should take you anywhere around 5 to 20 minutes to complete. 

5. A Quick Vacuum Cleaning 

And last but not the least: give your entire living room a quick vacuum cleaning. You don’t have to make it pristine, just get rid of the dust bunnies under your couch and on your rug. And just in case you haven’t heard of these things yet, get a robot vacuum to do it for you while you perform all the other aforementioned tasks! 

By the time you’re done with everything, you’ll still have enough precious seconds to freshen up and greet your guests with a smile!

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