Tidy up with big results
This month is filled with get-to-gethers: 4th of July with our American friends, birthday party yesterday and those last minute “Are you home for a cuppa?” meetings. We love seeing friends. Yet, no everyone loves those spontaneous visits, especially if the house isn’t perfectly tidy. Guess what, you don’t need a super clean house to welcome your friends. We got some quick tidy up tips for you. All you need is a few minutes and tada!
- Pick up everything from the floor as your immediate start to making a good first impression.
- Put shoes on the shoe wrack or inside the shoe cabinet. Remove excess shoes and put out of season shoes away.
- Place jackets on a hanger or hang them on the coat stand. Remove jackets worn infrequently.
- Use hooks to simply hang jackets, handbags, umbrellas and so on.
- Hang up towels or even better, bring out new towels. Put old and used towel in the laundry basket or directly in the laundry room.
- Clean the sink.
- Light a candle or some incense sticks.
- Ensure there’s enough toilet paper for your guests.
- Hang up towels.
- Throw out old shower gels and other empty bottles.
- Remove all toiletries not used on a daily basis. Put them in a shower box, container or other baskets and place it underneath the sink for easy access.
- Clean the mirror and remove water splashes.
- Fluff up cushions and place them neatly on the couch and chairs.
- Clean the coffee table. Remove old glasses. Can’t decide which magazines to quickly throw out? Align them on a tidy and elegant pile.
- Place remote controls and game equipment near the TV.
- Dust the main surfaces.
- Put used dishes in the dishwasher. Clean anything that’s left in the sink. Wipe the sink once you’re done.
- Clean the counter tops. Put groceries in the cupboards. Put bulky and not used appliances (e.g. your bread maker) inside the cupboards or the pantry.
- Hang up new kitchen towels.
- Empty the rubbish bin.
- Pick up the toys from the floor. Put them in their boxes, baskets or bags where they belong.
- Collect all the trash, e.g. candy wrappers, ripped up drawings, and throw it out.
- Put your kids’ clothes away.
- Involve your kids in a “Who can collect the most” speed game. Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and race against each others. Who picked up most toys from the floor?
- Make your bed. You’ve heard it gazillion times. Now do it!
- Put dirty clothes in the laundry baskets.
- Put fresh clothes in the closet. Fold, hang, roll them, however, it suits you.
- Remove the 19 books laying at your bedside table, not touched once in the last 5 months. Keep the things on your beside table to a minimum.
If you’re short on time, focus on what’s on the floor first. A tidy floor makes a much better impression, even if the rest of the room is still a bit messy.
What’s your top tip for a quick tidy up?
I personally love to work with the timer on my phone. I love getting as much done as possible during these short challenges. Setting a time is also a great way to get younger children hyped about helping you.
Looking forward to hearing about your tidying up games!
Until next time,