Pine needles are in the floor. Wrapping paper, tape and packaged bows lie strewn on the counter. There’s something sticky that resembles sugar cookie dough and candy cane pieces on the floor in the kitchen. The bathrooms look very well used and the microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator doors have more fingerprints than the local police station…and your company is coming tonight!
Can you relate?
I sure can, because today’s the day when at 6:00 this evening, approximately 80 people will make their way to our door (in 30 minute increments). The luminaries will be lit at the front porch, the candle windows will have turned on, the outdoor lights plugged in, and all the goodies set out on the counter for our guests to enjoy! Coffee will have been brewed, punch poured into the punch bowl, and the fireplaces lit. But what do I do with all the mess that has happened as a result of all my preparation?! My house needs a good going over before the guests arrive. However, I do have a plan! I’m starting early this morning with Crystal Paine’s two-hour cleaning plan to ensure that everything is straightened up, wiped down, and put away! You can find her plan here. But let me also list it for you here:
Two-Hour House-Cleaning Plan – By Crystal Paine
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!
If you’re having guests in for the holidays and feel like your house is a little less than presentable, join me in attacking the house in two hours and let’s get things ready for our guests!