Come on….be honest…what is more likely to be your response? “Yeah!” or “YIKES!!!”
Fear not! Today’s guest, my new cyber friend Crystal Paine, to the rescue!
Crystal Paine is a wife, homeschool mom to three, self-proclaimed minimalist, lover of dark chocolate and good coffee, and a wannabe runner.
Get Your Home Ready for Guests in Two Hours or Less
Does the thought opening your home to guest scare you because your home is messy?
Never fear! I have a simple, step-by-step plan to help you whip your house into shape — in two hours or less.
Now, mind you, this two-hour plan won’t have you dusting baseboards or scrubbing behind your toilets with a toothbrush, but it will get your home presentable enough to make it a welcoming haven for your guests.
Ready to get started? Here’s your plan of action:
Two-Hour House-Cleaning Plan
1. Start a load of laundry (3 minutes).
2. Set the timer for 15 minutes and take a laundry basket and a trash bag and go through each room in your home. Quickly straighten, pick up, and put away everything that’s out of place. Put all trash in the trash bag and put everything that doesn’t go in that room in the laundry basket (15 minutes).
3. Put away all contents in the laundry basket and throw out the trash (5 minutes).
4. Head to the kitchen and load the dishwasher or hand wash the dishes (15 minutes).
5. Switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer and start another load in the washer (2 minutes).
6. Sweep or vacuum your kitchen floor and wipe down your countertops (10 minutes).
7. Take some toilet cleaner and go squirt it in all your toilets (2 minutes).
8. Take some window cleaner and spot clean the main glass windows/doors/mirrors (3 minutes).
9. Take a dust rag and quickly dust in the main rooms of your home (10 minutes).
10. Vacuum all the major traffic areas in your home (20 minutes).
11. Head back to the bathrooms wipe down the toilet, sinks, floor, and bathtub/shower. Change the towels (20 minutes).
12. Switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer and fold the clean laundry (15 minutes).
13. Light a candle or simmer some potpourri on the stove and enjoy your freshly-cleaned home!
Like to cross off lists? Download the free 2-Hour House-Cleaning Checklist to keep you on track and remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing next. Now you have no excuse for getting distracted.
Gift Basket Giveaway
To help inspire you to whip your home into shape, I’ve put together a fun gift basket that I’m giving away today.
This gift basket includes: 4 Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products and a Mrs. Meyer’s candle plus a $25 Starbucks gift card and some chocolate, to reward yourself for a job well done!
Ok–to be entered to win Crystal’s giveaway, let’s create a scenario. Imagine if right now you got a call from old friends saying they would be over in two hours. What is the first thing you would do to your house considering its present condition?
Hide the dirty laundry? Dust? Take out the over-flowing trash? Clean off the front porch? Vacuum?
What would you do first?
GET READY: Our last idea swap & share tomorrow will be on the concept I mention in the book called “hospitality on the road”. Be thinking of a clever way to reach out and love on someone that doesn’t involve your home but involves you going to them!
Is there a theme basket you could take a sports-lover, a bbq fanatic or ballerina?
Any way to bless a stranger?
What could you do for a new family in your church or neighborhood?
A coach, teacher or bus driver?
I can’t wait to see your ideas! See you then.
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