Yikes! Company is on their way and the house is a disaster!
OK, calm down. Take a deep breath.
Key secret #1 – don’t worry about perfection. Ain’t gonna happen.
Key secret #2 – keep moving. No stalling around, no admiring your work – just move.
Ready? Let’s Go!
Get all of the dishes soaking in hot soapy water, or into the dishwasher (turn it on) 5 min.
Do you have help? If so – have a race- who can clear the most clutter? Toys put away. Dirty clothes in the laundry room. Beds made. 10 min.
Now – give one a feather duster, and another one the vacuum.
While they’re doing that, take a bankers box, or a laundry basket and throw all the paper clutter in. Stash it under the desk or in a closet. No sorting – just get rid of it for now. 5 min.
If you have the time – spray down the shower walls with cleaner. An old bath puff works great to clean quickly. Rinse and dry off to make it shine. If you don’t have the time – pull the shower curtain all the way shut.
Do a quick wipe on the floor.
Now go back and wash those dishes. They should go quickly now. Wipe up counters and stove. Get the garbage out. 10-15 min.
If you have more time, you can go back and fix things up a little more, if you’re so inclined. At least at this point, the house should be presentable.
OK, now you can admire your work
You can my complete housework system here – Secret Confessions of a Clean Freak.
Never worry about the stress and mess and emergency cleaning again!