7 Quick Ways to Make Your House Look Clean for Holiday Guests

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tidy homeAh, the holidays. The decorations, the wrapping paper, the baking, the celebrating, THE MESS! If there's one time of the year when it's especially hard to keep your home tidy, it's right around the holidays. We're so busy, and there's so much going on. Should we get an extra hour or so a day just to maintain order?

If you're feeling less-than-ready for your next holiday party or for visiting relatives, there's still a few things you can do to make your home look tidy enough. Hopefully you've invited real friends who don't judge. But just in case, here's a few tips for whipping your house into shape before the holiday guests arrive.

1. Do the sweep. No, not with a broom. I mean, glance around a room and pick up as many things that are out of place as you can fit in your arms. Put them away -- hopefully where they belong, but if not, at least out of sight. Do this with each room where you'll have guests. Now grab a garbage can or bag and throw away every last bit of garbage.

2. Close doors and drawers. This is super simple, but close every drawer, closet door, and anything else left hanging open. Make sure whatever junk they're holding isn't hanging out but is well tucked inside.

3. Bathroom check. Check your toilets and make sure they're flushed. Swipe away any, ahem, skid marks inside the bowl or drips on the seat. Rinse away globs of toothpaste. Cram everything into the cabinets or shelves. Draw the shower curtain closed. And the most magic trick of all? Put down the toilet seat AND the lid. It will transform your bathroom.

4. Throw covers over the beds. Ideally you (and your family members!) are making your beds every day. But in case that's not happening for you right now, the next best thing is to just pull up the covers over the beds. 

5. Erase fingerprints. If you have time, run around your house with a sponge (or one of those magic eraser things, which are probably toxic but which I cannot resist) and look for fingerprints around door frames and light switches. 

6. Seats and paths. Now take one last look around and make sure there are clear places for people to sit down and clear paths from the door to those seats.

7. Avoid making more of a mess. Now that you've done the big sweep, keep it clean. From here on out, put stuff away in the right place as soon as you finish using it. Put your dishes in the dishwasher, not the sink. Start good habits now.

How do you quickly clean up before guests arrive?


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Pinkmani Pinkmani

Just try to always clean as you go... For us, the kitchen is always the messiest followed by the bathrooms.

tuffy... tuffymama

DH hits the kitchen and I detail the powder room. LO picks up the living room of toys and his floor cushions. Anything else is shoved into the drawer of the cocktail table to be dealt with later. ;0) It's usually not hard because I'm a SAHM and have a few more opportunities to clean than many people.

MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

I agree with clean as you go!!!!

Miche... MichelleK41

Love these tips and under the bed and the hidden non used closets are good for cramming in last minute clean up items, LOL. ;)

godde... goddess99

I wipe down the bathroom and the rest of the house usually looks pretty good.

elasmimi elasmimi

Our living room stays clean because we never go in there. Same for the guest bathroom, because dd uses ours. My big thing is the kitchen, and I try to keep up with dishes and countertops. If all else fails, just throw everything in the dishwasher, put on some nice music, and burn a candle or Scentsy.

kellynh kellynh

Run around quick!! Get a nice adrenaline surge

MamaM... MamaMandee

That sounds about like my plan of action too! 

Crazy... CrazyDaisy123

If you have alot of papers, magazines, coupons and things laying around your counter or table, find a nice basket, put them all into it, throw some artificial or silk holly and a bow on the top or handle.  If you don't have a basket, improvise...a box quickly covered with a festive dish towel or wrapping paper!  In my livingroom, I have a couple old suitcases that comes in handy for quick storage.  Odds and ends lying around the bathroom sink and counter can be quickly put into a Christmas tin and just set on counter.  I generally clean the bathroom weekly but if I know company is coming, I wipe everything down quickly with baby wipes, swipe the toilet with the brush and flush!  If I don't have time to really dust, I use my swiffer and I'm done in a jiffy!

Amy Strecker

 We always do a quick 10 minute clean.  The kids run around and pick everything up they can (ages 8,6,4).  The youngest usually runs around and picks up the trash.  The 6 year old cleans up the tables (dining room table, kitchen table, coffee table, side tables) and the oldest gets everything else.  The hubby concentrates on the kitchen and I run around with the vacuum cleaner.  If you don't have time for all of that or if you don't have the kids to help....run the vacuum.  My house always looks so much cleaner with just running the vacuum.

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