Spring is an ideal time to give your home a thorough clean and de-clutter. But what happens if you get a call from visitors before you’ve had time to throw out the rubbish and clear out the spare room? If you’re panicking about impending guests, here is a guide to help you achieve the perfect spring clean in no time at all.
Focus on the main rooms
If you’re short on time, focus on the rooms that you use every day and the areas your guests will see. If you have a study, which never gets used or you haven’t been in the garage for months, leave these until later.
Grab a big bag
The first thing to do when you’re cleaning is to tidy up and get rid of any trash. A five-minute whizz around will often make a huge difference. Store away toys, clothes and shoes neatly and throw away anything you don’t need or want. If you’re struggling for time, store away bags of miscellaneous items in the garage and sort them out once your guests have left.
Once you’ve cleared your rooms, vacuum through the house. If you have stains or your carpets are looking a little worse for wear, consider a professional carpet cleaning option. Once your floors are bright and clean, this will give your home a real lift.
Grab your rubber gloves and cleaning products and head for the kitchen and bathroom. Clean your surfaces and polish fixtures and fittings. Put out a vase of fresh flowers and load the dishwasher. In the bathroom, give the sinks, shower and bath a thorough scrub and clean the toilet. Spray some room fragrance to leave a pleasant, fresh odour.
Prepare the spare room
If you’ve got guests staying over, make the bed and add some cushions and throws to create a homely atmosphere. Lay out some fresh towels and put any clothes or shoes away in the wardrobe. Add a basket of flowers or a scented candle as a finishing touch.
If you have wooden furniture, take a few minutes to give it a nice shine with some polish and a cloth. Dust down your ornaments and frames.
Spruce the garden
You don’t need to gut your gardens, but a bit of sprucing will help, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors. Tidy up the front garden and make sure the driveway is clear. Give any chairs or tables a quick wash down with the hose and remove any dead leaves. Put toys away in the shed and give the lawn a quick mow if it’s looking a little wild.
Last-minute visits can be stressful, but if you plan carefully and work efficiently, you can carry out a lot of chores in a short space of time. Get your partner, kids and any generous friends involved and the house will be spic and span in no time. Prioritize important tasks and don’t worry about getting around every room. When your mission is complete, put your feet up and relax with a well-earned cup of tea.