Need the house cleaned in a hurry? These tips will help you quickly create the illusion of a clean house (you can do the real cleaning later)
I love having a clean house! I know some people are more laid back and having a clean house just isn’t a priority to them. I REALLY wish that I could be one of those people! Unfortunately I’m a Virgo, which means I’m a perfectionist, which means that I want my house to be perfect at all times!
Don’t get me wrong…my house is NEVER perfect. I occasionally came close before I had kids but once those little bundles of joy come along, you’re more likely to have a pet unicorn than a clean house! Even before they can make their own mess, they just have so much “stuff”…and you have to figure out where to put it all. Then once they are big enough to dump out the entire contents of the toy box, all bets are off (because we all know they never just pull out a couple toys at a time).
Now I’m about to start teaching full-time for the next three months. I will also still be blogging full time in addition to trying to take care of two kids and run the household. I’ve decided that something’s going to have to give because I just won’t be able to maintain my sanity otherwise! That something is going to have to be my house. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not going to let it go completely. The Virgo in me couldn’t do it even if I tried. However, I’m going to try hard not to stress about it so much. I plan to just keep up with the simple things so that at least the house appears presentable should someone decide to stop by for a visit.
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Clear The Countertops
Nothing screams mess like a stack of papers, magazines and junk mail on the kitchen counter…trust me, I know from experience. Find a spot for the clutter, even if it’s just a junk drawer or an empty box and stash it all away. Don’t forget to go through it on occasion though…you’ll have to throw things out to make room for more!
Put Dishes In The Dishwasher As You Use Them
This is easy. Instead of leaving that glass in the sink, it takes two seconds to put it in the dishwasher. Do this and you won’t end up with a sink full of dishes at the end of the day.
Pick Toys Up Off The Floor
If you’re house is like mine, it’s only a matter of hours before the floor is covered with toys, books, blankies, sippy cups and the remnants from that last tea party. Gather the troops and have everyone help pick up. With the whole family helping, it should get done in no time, though I can’t promise that the kids won’t make a completely new mess within the hour.
Make The Beds
I’ve found that even if a bedroom is slightly messy, a made bed makes all the difference in the world. If you don’t have time for this, you can always revert to my standby trick and just shut the bedroom door.
Invest In Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
No, Mr. Clean is not paying me to say this…I just think these are one of the greatest inventions ever! If you’re trying to clean the bathroom in a hurry, save the comet and sponges for later. A quick wipe of the sink and counter with the magic sponge and nobody will know you didn’t spend all morning cleaning. They’re great for the kitchen too!
Buy Cleaning Wipes
I have glass wipes, furniture wipes, granite wipes, stainless steel wipes and all purpose wipes. These make it so much easier to get the job done quickly and though you’ll pay a little bit more, in this case I feel like it’s totally worth it. I do have the sprays and use those too but when I’m trying to clean in a hurry, I’m all about the wipes!
Take Whatever Drastic Measures Necessary
The other day I could barely see the living room floor and told my girls they had to stop everything and put their toys away. What I didn’t know at the time was that both my girls were picking up all the toys, books, stuffed animals, etc and just throwing them in the middle of my 3 year old’s room. At bedtime, we seriously couldn’t even get to the bed! I had one of those “mommy moments”…you know the one, where you just can’t take it anymore! I grabbed a large trash bag and stuffed everything in it that would fit. They were pretty upset but I told them they could have all that stuff back but they had to put it where it belonged first. That was two days ago and it’s all still in the trash bag…however the room is still clean so that’s a success story, right?
Have you ever had to resort to such drastic measures? What are your go-to tricks to create the illusion of a clean house?