Life gets messy sometimes, am I right? Especially if you have kids and/or pets. I used to be crazy about keeping my house clean, tidy, and spotless at all times...until I had more than 2 kids. Now, the majority of my cleaning is done in the 15 minutes right before guests arrive at my house. It's like a mad-dash to clean up everything and pretend like we actually live that way! Cleaning up doesn't have to take all day, so today I'm sharing a few of my favorite quick and easy cleaning tips to fool your guests too.
My little mess makers.
Clean up the clutter. First off, if you have children, use them! Give them a laundry basket and have them gather up all of their stuff that doesn't belong in the main living area: toys, shoes, jackets, dishes, backpacks, papers, books, etc. While they do that, I declutter the kitchen counters and dining room table to hide stuff I don't want my guests to see, like bills, phone chargers/cords, laptops, electronics, etc. To save time, I shove everything in my bedroom and then put it away after guests leave. Don't forget to close the bedroom doors.
Vacuum and sweep the floors. Once everything is picked up, do a quick vacuum/sweep. I usually make my oldest vacuum the living room and hallway while I sweep the dining room and kitchen. Don't forget the area rugs!
Quick kitchen clean up. I like to have my sink completely empty and my counters wiped down before guests arrive, because no one wants to see your dirty dishes and sticky counter tops. I use Clorox Pump 'N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner on a sponge to quickly wash up any stray dishes that may have just been dumped in the sink (after we decluttered the living room). This stuff is perfect for dishes, utensils, cutting boards, stove tops and counter tops. The one-handed dispenser is convenient and it's perfect for cleaning up all kinds of messes on all kinds of surfaces. It's also food safe! After washing the dishes, grab a paper towel and Clorox Pump 'N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner to wipe down the counter, sink, faucet, stove, and microwave. I also wipe down the dining room table with it.
Dust the living room area. After the clutter has been picked up and the floor has been vacuumed, the living room is probably in pretty decent shape. Now it's time to dust. Grab a Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipe and wipe down the TV, entertainment center, coffee table, end tables, fireplace mantle, baseboards, picture frames, and bookshelves. These dust wipes are big enough to do an entire room with just one wipe! They feature an interlocking weave that traps and locks dust, allergens, pet dander, and hair without being abrasive, and are perfect for electronics too. I use these all the time for quick dusting jobs. Just one quick swipe is all it takes.
Quick bathroom clean up. First, pour some toilet cleaner or bleach in the toilet and let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Next, clear off and remove all products from the counter top and clean the mirror. Then use Clorox ScrubSingles Bathroom Pads to give the counter, sink, and faucet a good wipe down. These are preloaded with Clorox cleaner and feature a scrubbing surface designed to power through soap scum, dirt, and grime. Just wet, scrub, and toss! Make sure to clean up all of that splattered toothpaste from the kids. Finally, give the outside of the toilet a good wipe down too, and use the toilet brush to scrub the toilet bowl.
Air it out. Open up your windows and let your house air out. Sometimes people don't notice when their own house starts to smell a little funky, but guests definitely notice (even if they're too polite to say anything). I'm always paranoid that my house stinks, so open up some windows and allow the fresh air to circulate (you can close them right before guests arrive). Also, empty your garbage can and put in a fresh liner.
Set the mood. Light some candles or plug in your favorite air freshener. Then adjust your lighting- if you're entertaining during the day I prefer to open up the curtains and let in some sunshine so the room feels bright and cheery. If it's in the evening, skip the overhead lights (which can be unflattering), and opt for lamps instead. They give the room a softer, warm glow.
I found all of these great Clorox products at my local Target to help me get my house clean and tidy just in time for my guests to arrive. A quick, 15 minute clean up is all it takes! Make sure to check out the Target Cartwheel App to save 10% on these products now through July 4th!
What are some of your favorite cleaning tips?
Will you be using these new Clorox products to do your quick cleaning jobs?