5 Quick Cleaning Tips

5 Quick Cleaning Tips (for before your next party)

I hosted a Memorial Day brunch this year.  I was so excited that I was actually in town and I wanted a chance to use my new waffle iron.  I’ve almost perfected it.  I’m so nervous that I’m going to overfill each waffle mold that I actually end up under filling them and then I create waffle…ish looking things.  I was informed that they still tasted delicious though.

The morning of the brunch I found myself hustling and bustling around my house getting everything ready – and I kept noticing things that needed to be cleaned – and goodness did I feel like my mother.  My mom has a very specific checklist of things that need to be done before guests arrive, and you know what – I found myself going through this same checklist, with a few (lazy girl) modifications.  Here are my top 5 tips for how to quickly clean your house so that you’re not embarassed later.

1. Sweep the floors
Anything sweepable – for me that is both the floor and the stairs.  It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes and it makes a huge impact.  Best way to tell if you actually cleaned up all the mess?  Sweep the floors barefoot.

2. Wipe the cabinets
Now this one might sound crazy, but this is one of the things that I would have been most embarassed about had I not done.  Wipe the cabinets.  This one takes less than a minute.  I’m not talking about the whole cabinet – just around where you grab – the handles, the edges of the cabinets, the facades of the drawers – and actually, the two worst places in my kitchen were the refrigerator handle and the microwave door.

3. Clean the stove
I don’t know what it is about stoves, but they have a tendency to look disgusting if you don’t clean them all the time.  Especially my stove because it’s a gas stove, so I have to pick up all of the metal racks around the flames and then clean the actual stove, but let me tell you, it was gratifying.

4. Spot clean the floor
Alright – I don’t really have time to clean the whole kitchen floor.  That involves moving every kitchen chair up half a flight of stairs in order to even see the floor.  What I can do though is spot clean anything that looks brown.  I mean, I wouldn’t recommend anybody eat off the floor, but at least it shines a little bit better.

5. Vacuum the rug
I’m not talking about all the rugs – just the one right in front of the door that inevitably everyone will see when they show up.

And you know what, for your reading pleasure, here’s a bonus tip.

6. Put out extra toilet paper
Yes, I know this one doesn’t really count as cleaning, but come on, wouldn’t you feel just a little bit awkward (mainly for the guest) if someone had to come tell you they were out of toilet paper – or if you found out they were rumaging your bathroom later?

What are some of your quick cleaning tips?  Anything I should add to the list?  I must warn you, only activities that take under 5 minutes are acceptable.

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  • joymhbailey

    Great list!

    • Why thank you 🙂 – my mother emailed me to tell me she was proud. And then asked why there weren’t more steps involving cleaning the bathroom…

  • NedaP

    Focus only on areas your guests will see (the foyer, media room, guest bathroom, etc.).

    Give the room a decluttered look by placing magazines, cords and other items in stylish trays and storage bins.

    Wipe down all surfaces.

    Carry a laundry basket to pick up displaced items while doing a quick sweep in each room.

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