You can be proud to open your doors to party guests -- even when your preparation time runs out before your usual cleaning routine is complete.
Ideally, you will have scheduled plenty of time to clean all the nooks and crannies, organize clutter, and scrub each room until it's gleaming. Unfortunately, life doesn't always present you with ideal situations. When guests are scheduled to arrive in just an hour or two, pay attention to the spaces most central to your party.
Organize your cleaning plan, and don't linger on any single cleaning chore. Remember, this isn't a deep clean. Hit the important areas, clean only what you must, and move on.
Editor's Tip: Make your one-hour preparty cleanup even easier. Review our 1-Hour Quick-Clean Checklist, available below, to make sure you don't overlook a messy spot, and guests will never know you did all your cleaning in an hour.
It's the first thing guests will see. Make a good first impression in just minutes.
Your everyday, lived-in look is not conducive to mingling. Clear spaces and open tabletops will help guests see you as organized and ready to entertain.
Away from the buzz of the party, guests will form impressions of your home. A sparkling bath or powder room shows off your attention to comfort and cleanliness.
Your kitchen and living area will be buzzing with activity. Put a shine on the areas where guests will linger.
Deep-cleaning the kitchen could eat up most of a day. When you'll be welcoming guests within the hour, clear the area to ready it for any party-food preparation.
It sounds basic, but emptying trash containers is a quick way to make everything look fresher.
Quick touches will have your home ready to welcome guests.
Editor's Tip: When you have more time to prepare for guests, include cleaning on your party-planning to-do list. Use our 7-Day Housecleaning Plan to get your home in shape with a short time investment in the days before your party.