Whether you have one week or one hour before guests arrive, make your space shine instantly with a few easy cleaning tricks. When you're short on time, start by doing a quick sweep of your home to pinpoint trouble spots and high-traffic areas that visitors will see, such as the entryway, kitchen, guest bathroom, and main living areas. Pick up toys, clothing, paper, and anything noticeably cluttering countertops or floors. Remember: It's OK to close doors to rooms that aren't essential to entertaining or hosting your guests—but if that's not an option, here are quick cleaning shortcuts, tips, and a checklist to get your space in tip-top shape.
Most household chores take 10 minutes or less, and a large number of household-cleaning tasks can be completed while multitasking. While on a cell or cordless phone, walk through each room in your house and tackle an easy chore. Load the dishwasher, dust table surfaces, water houseplants, empty wastebaskets, pick up toys, or plump pillows and cushions.
Download our free emergency cleaning checklist to have on hand when you are doing a last-minute cleaning session, and watch the video below to see how to stock a cleaning closet so you'll be ready whenever the necessity of cleaning strikes.