Blessed with busy weekends [enter sarcasm here], and being the neat-freak I am, I want to at least appear that we've got our act together! I constantly have people coming in and out of my house for makeup application so I can honestly say I am now an expert.
So here it is...my tips on how to get your place spruced up when you have an hour or less...BONUS if you have children that can help!
ONLY PICK UP AREAS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE (OR POSSIBLY SEE).
This means areas like the entry way, living room, kitchen and dining room (if you have an open concept living situation) and guest bathroom. You don't have to do everything I say here especially if you don't think you'll have time so pick and choose what's most important. Do what works for you! And if you have tips for me, leave me a comment - I'd love to know your secrets as well!
1. Entry Way
- Store away your shoes. We put ours in our bedroom or downstairs in the basement
- Sweep any dust or debris (this also includes stairs)
- Put any coats or clutter in the bedrooms (if you're able)
2. Living Room:
- Fluff your pillows
- Stack magazines and recycle any dated ones
- Artfully lay (drape to the side) blankets to the side or arm of your couch
- Wipe down/Dust table tops
- Sweep hard flooring (especially if you have dark woods since dust is more prominent)
- Store toys or unnecessary items in the bedrooms or storage areas i.e. large totes, toy chest, ottoman, etc.
- Let in natural light to make the room appear more open and airy
- Wipe up/Clear counter tops
- Put away any dishes or food articles left out in the open
- Clear stove tops of pots and pans (if possible)
- Pop dishes into the dishwasher or lay in the sink so it appears out of sight
- Recycle any unnecessary documents (because you know some of us put our stack of junk mail on the counters) or other recyclables (i.e. soda cans, plastic bottles)
4. Dining Room:
- Put away any place mats (no need to dress the table unless your house is being staged for something)
- Wipe down tables
- Push chairs in
- Put any unnecessary clutter away
- Sweep under table, if needed (this applies if you have hard flooring)
5. Guest Bathroom (wear gloves if you have them):
- Wipe down mirror, sink, and counter top
- Put away unnecessary toiletries in a storage cabinet or under the sink
- Ensure there is enough toilet paper
- If toilet is grimey, wipe down under the toilet seat (people forget this) and quickly clean the toilet bowl with preferred cleansing product
- Close the shower curtain (quickly wipe down glass shower doors if this is what you have)
If you have time, light some candles or pop in a wax warmer, scented plug-in, or whatever it is you have to quickly scent your room(s) - preferably something not too overpowering and pleasing to most.
Now don't get me wrong - I sometimes can't do all this myself especially if I have less than a half hour or I'm home alone, for example. But my 3 children are all trained in what to do and such a huge help when the time calls for it! ; -) When they're done, they'll go back to playing in their rooms or out with friends.
So there...these are my secret tips on how I appear organized and put-together. Everything I've mentioned above looks like a lot of work but, trust me, once you spring into action, it goes super fast. Just have a system down and do what works for you.
~ XOXO Mari