I'm sure we've all had visits from those unexpected guests...the in-laws, next-door neighbor, etc. Or maybe you forgot you were going to get a visit from an old friend! Let's face it - with everyone's busy lives nowadays, we don't have a lot of time to spend cleaning all hours of the day. Working full-time (and, in my case, having a side job as a makeup artist), 3 kids, running errands, and getting meals ready on a daily takes a lot of our time!
Blessed with busy weekends [enter sarcasm here], and being the neat-freak I am, I want to at least appear that we've got our act together! I constantly have people coming in and out of my house for makeup application so I can honestly say I am now an expert.
So here it is...my tips on how to get your place spruced up when you have an hour or less...BONUS if you have children that can help!
ONLY PICK UP AREAS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE (OR POSSIBLY SEE).
This means areas like the entry way, living room, kitchen and dining room (if you have an open concept living situation) and guest bathroom. You don't have to do everything I say here especially if you don't think you'll have time so pick and choose what's most important. Do what works for you! And if you have tips for me, leave me a comment - I'd love to know your secrets as well!
1. Entry Way
2. Living Room:
4. Dining Room:
5. Guest Bathroom (wear gloves if you have them):
If you have time, light some candles or pop in a wax warmer, scented plug-in, or whatever it is you have to quickly scent your room(s) - preferably something not too overpowering and pleasing to most.
Now don't get me wrong - I sometimes can't do all this myself especially if I have less than a half hour or I'm home alone, for example. But my 3 children are all trained in what to do and such a huge help when the time calls for it! ; -) When they're done, they'll go back to playing in their rooms or out with friends.
So there...these are my secret tips on how I appear organized and put-together. Everything I've mentioned above looks like a lot of work but, trust me, once you spring into action, it goes super fast. Just have a system down and do what works for you.
~ XOXO Mari
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