by Texas Homesteader ~
I always feel panic when an unexpected visitor is on their way to visit. That’s when I need to incorporate the fastest tidying tactics to get our home company ready.
Thankfully it’s easy to do, I’m sharing some tips to get your home looking tidy FAST for unexpected company.
Panic When Unexpected Company Arrives
When RancherMan casually announces the impending arrival of an unexpected visitor I go into a break-neck panic.
I look with horror at the accumulations of projects I have going on in the kitchen. And I notice every little piece of grass on the wood floors that our dog drug in from the yard.
I’m suddenly painfully aware of the thick layer of dust that comes from living off a dirt road.
So I use some quick-cleaning shortcuts to get our home tidy FAST.
Quickest Way To Tidy The House For Unexpected Company
When you only have a little time to clean it’s important to first focus on the areas your company will actually see.
I feel the two areas that matter most for company is the kitchen and the bathroom. So I start with those two rooms. My panic tidy is done in the following order, based on how much time I end up having before unexpected company arrives:
Kitchen – Any dishes are loaded into the dishwasher and the countertops are wiped down. OR – Run a sink of soapy water and layer the dishes in there. It’ll look like you were already cleaning when company arrived.
Bathrooms – The toilet is tackled with a toilet brush first, then surfaces are wiped down from the cleanest to dirtiest. (ie: mirrors, then faucet, then sink, then toilet.)
Livingroom – Quickly pick up anything that doesn’t belong. If you have enough time to put them away then do so. Otherwise toss everything into a laundry basket & tuck it inside the bedroom closet to put away later.
Dining Room – The table is the most common place to sit and visit with company. So next I wipe down the table to make sure it’s clean, dust-free & ready for a visit.
Other – I quickly dust any surfaces – dark surfaces show dust the most so I start there. Then I run the broom or vacuum over the floors if I still have time.
Keeping A Tidy House – Clean In Tiny Timeframes
Have you ever heard of the 10-Second Tidy shown on the popular kid’s show ‘The Big Comfy Couch’ several years ago?
The premise was that you could take a quick 10-second timeframe and do a quick tidy of a small space. I use this same idea to use small snippets of previously-wasted time to tidy throughout the day.
It’s impossible for me to have our home company-ready at all times. But if you use small amounts of previously-wasted time, that quick panic-tidy can be done quicker because there will be less to clean. Here are some helpful hints.
Clean Kitchen While Reheating Food/Drinks. While reheating my coffee I can either stare blankly at the coffee cup spinning in the microwave or do a quick one-minute kitchen tidy. I’m always amazed at how much can be done in just that 1 minute which was previously just wasted.
Clean Living Room During TV Commercials. The same idea works in your downtime when you’re watching TV. We don’t enjoy commercials anyway so we use commercial times to straighten up the living room.
Clean Bathroom At Shower Time. In the 2 minutes that the water’s heating for my shower I use a toilet brush to first clean the bowl, then wipe down toilet surfaces with bathroom tissue, toss the tissue into the bowl & flush.
After my shower I spritz cleaner on the shower door & walls and allow it to sit & work while I wipe down other bathroom surfaces.
It takes only a couple of minutes to spritz other bathroom surfaces with cleaner. Then using a cotton cleaning cloth I wipe everything down, starting with the least dirty areas – mirrors, then countertops, then sinks.
Finally using a brush I quickly scrub & rinse the shower walls & glass shower door. Doing this frequently means less soap scum / water deposits to clean.
Clean Bedroom Daily. For me it’s easiest to clean the bedroom daily. Our bed is made every morning (since I discovered it takes two – TWO! minutes to make the bed).
Since dirty clothes are placed in the hamper in the bathroom when we shower we don’t typically deal with dirty clothes in the bedroom. So I only need to vacuum & dust to finish tidying up my bedroom at any given time.
Do You Feel Unexpected-Company Panic Too?
RancherMan assists my panicked tidy, but always with visible curiosity on his face. Since he’s is not even a little bit similarly stressed about such things I wonder if it’s just me or if it’s a woman thing. Hummmm…
No matter who is stopping by – family or friend – I guess I don’t feel I measure up. I got to wondering if I was alone in my unexpected-company panic.
So I posed this same thought to our Facebook followers. Their responses were both hilarious and comforting. Apparently it’s certainly not just me feeling panic with unexpected company…
Shirley said: “I think it’s a woman thing.
My hubby could care less what the house looks like and inevitably he’ll take our company, for one reason or another, INTO the room where I’ll stash everything to get it out of the way!!!
Tamela said: “Omg!!! I about fell out of my chair when I read this. Lol I do exactly the same thing. My hubby always looks at me like I’m crazy. And says the house is fine. They know we LIVE here. It doesn’t have to be perfect. But I think especially if a woman is coming I feel she will be judging the cleanliness of my house. Glad to know its not just me!“
Brandy commented: “I’m the same way, especially when mom is coming for a visit“
Lee said: “Think it is a woman thing. Even if I have just cleaned, need to pick-up, straighten, and clean the bathroom. And people always just pop by when you are in your “work” clothes, don’t they?“
And Julia said: “If it is an unexpected visit just tell them you are glad they came but excuse the house, kitchen whatever and tell them I was just so and so. They don’t expect perfection and if they do, don’t worry about it. Just go unexpectedly to their home when you know they are in the middle of doing something and see how their house is. Bet it is not “just right”.
And Linda had me rolling with: “Lol. I don’t think I have ever had company come by when I was nicely dressed and the house was perfectly clean. Just once it would have been nice for someone to know that my house does get clean“
Robert gave a guy’s perspective with: “BE PROUD OF YOUR HOME AND JUST SAY IT HAS THE LIVED IN LOOK.“
How do you quickly clean for unexpected company?
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