It only takes about an hour after you’ve cleaned up the house to find a couple of things left out of place. This, of course, becomes an invitation for other household members to add to the untidiness! It’s a vicious cycle which can be rather frustrating for the one that spent time and energy in cleaning and tidying up in the first place!
Then there are those occasions when you may have ‘skipped’ home cleaning for a couple of days and surprise, surprise; you’ve got guests! Now, we all know that a dirty, messy house can leave your guests with a bad impression while you sit there red-faced and feeling guilty about the state of your house! So, after one bad experience, we can assume that you’re willing to do what it takes to keep your home clean and ‘guest-proof’ from now on!
With that said, Simply Maid is here to show you how you and your house can be well-prepared for those surprise visitors! Read on.
Basic, Daily Cleaning
There is no way around it; a well-maintained house requires daily cleaning even if it means just sticking to the basics. The good news, however, is that the more often you clean up your home, the less time and energy it takes up. Hence, we strongly recommend dusting, sweeping/vacuuming and mopping each room on a daily basis to keep dust and stains to a minimum. For this, it’s a good idea to make up a schedule wherein each household member plays an active role in keeping the house clean and tidy in accordance with their respective daily schedules.
Post-Shower Bathroom Cleaning
For many, cleaning the bathroom seems like a more tiring and time-consuming task; however, that needn’t be the case if you follow a few simple rules to maintain cleanliness after you shower. First of all, it’s important to rinse out the floor before any soap scum and dirt starts to dry up and stain the tiles. Secondly, a long-handled brush is enough to remove any light stains (while the floor is still wet) without the use of a cleaning agent. You can finish off by splashing the floor with a few mugs of water and using a squeegee to push the water down the drain thereafter. If you choose, you can also go one step further to dry your bathroom floors by wiping them with a towel or an absorbent cloth. Remember, the drier your bathroom floor is, the less likely it is to get stained.
Don’t Forget the Sink and Toilet Bowl!
When it comes to bathroom cleaning, you can’t leave out the sink and toilet bowl. Again, this can be done rather quickly and efficiently if you know what cleaning tricks to use. For the toilet, pour an acidic cleaner into the bowl and leave it overnight for the dirt and stains to disintegrate. The following morning, there will be little (or no) scrubbing time needed and you can flush the toilet to finish off! For the sink, we advise making a cleaning solution in a spray bottle which you can use daily by simply spritzing the sink and wiping it down with a sponge or scrubber.
This is the one that makes you question cleaning and tidying up in the first place! If the tidiness doesn’t last long, you feel like your hard work has gone in vain. The surprising part, however, is that maintaining order is rather easy! All it takes is merely putting things back into place after using them. For example, if you watch television, make sure you put the remote back in place rather than leaving it on the couch for someone to sit on! Similarly, you can fluff up the sofa cushions you were sitting on before you leave the room so that it looks neat to someone that walks in. While it’s difficult to get everyone on board with this, one can only make the effort to enforce such rules before it becomes habitual.
Stock up on Drinks/Snacks
When you’ve got growing kids, they like to snack a lot and chug juice! Therefore, it’s not uncommon to find yourself with nothing to offer your surprise visitors which, again, leaves you feeling rather embarrassed. If this happens don’t worry! Here are 20 last minute snacks you can pick up! Otherwise, it’s a good idea to keep a secret stash of snack packets and juice boxes hidden when your kids won’t find them to ensure that you’re always prepared when guests show up at your doorstep!