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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and chances are you’ve been running in circles all week trying to wrap up loose ends at work, grocery shop and make sure your home is holiday-ready. Here are a few last-minute cleaning hacks from HouseLogic to save you time and give you a chance to catch your breath before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving dinner. It’s really all just a matter of prioritization… most notably, of tackling the obvious!
- Trace your guests path. Ensure that these areas are neat first. Tidy along the way that your guests will take to your living room, kitchen, or wherever you anticipate their end destination to be. Consolidate clutter into bags that can be stashed in a closet for the duration of their visit- they’ll be none the wiser.
- Freshen the air. You don’t have to have a pie baking in the oven to make your house smell welcoming.Try a scented candle that you light while you’re cleaning.Be sure to blow it out right before they arrive and that is when the scent will have the greatest impact.
- Stash dirty dishes. Dirty dished tend to signal the perception of an unkempt home. Relocating your dirty dishes to the dishwasher is the ideal choice but if you don’t have one or it’s already full, temporarily move the contents of your sink into the oven or the cabinet underneath the sink—provided you’re not planning on cooking in the oven! It might not hurt to set an alarm on your phone so that you don’t forget to retrieve and clean the dishes the following day.
- Flip your cushions. If you would like your couch to look nice and fresh but don’t have time to vacuum, flip your cushions over. If you make a practice of this you can have a designated “everyday” side and a designated guest side.
- De-gunk your bathroom. Use a microfiber cloth or disinfectant cloth and wipe down all visible surfaces (don’t forget the mirror!). Shine the faucet and give the sink a quick once-over. Rinse your toilet with some bleach, wipe it down with the toilet brush, swirl the water and flush. Install a new roll of toilet paper and fold the ends into a triangle. Swap out your hand towels for fresh, clean ones.
- Create a sense of ambience. Set the mood with softly lit lamps and candles, avoiding the use of harsh overhead lights (they’ll illuminate any visible dust).
- Save vacuuming for the very last minute. You don’t want to duplicate efforts should you get your floor dirty while cleaning so save vacuuming as the very last step prior to your guest’s arrival. Just hit the main focal points rather than focusing on corners and trim.
Cut your losses. Chances are your guests love you for who you are, not the cleanliness of your home. While they’re sure to appreciate your tidy home remember that more than often, they wouldn’t want you spreading yourself too thin with cleaning just to impress them. Enjoy your clean-ish home and their company!
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