Since becoming a mom, it has occurred more than I am willing to admit; I have stalled people coming over to our house when it is messy, well, when it is as if a tornado aka a two-year-old little person is living there. These days, whenever there is an impromptu plan for having people over, I panic a bit and just try to stall it or cancel it all together. And, that is something I don’t want to do.
To maintain my sanity and still make my house look presentable when I get a call in the afternoon about having some company in evening; this is my 5 step plan. Firstly, it’s important to accept it in your heart that your house will never be those ‘magazine perfect’ houses anymore. Secondly, give yourself permission to fall short of your own expectations; you are only human. After that, put on your sweats and get going….
Remove dirty dishes from the sink
If there is only one thing you want to do, let this be it. Nothing screams dirty to me than a sink full of dirty dishes with food scraps all over the place. Once you are done, give the sink a little scrub too. At the time of exiting the kitchen, when you wash your hands, take a wet paper towel to quickly wipe down your stainless steel refrigerator handles and the gas knobs. Lastly, if you want to spend more time in the kitchen, clear all counter space and give a quick wipe down. Or at least move everything that is on the counter to a side.
Get unfolded laundry out of sight
Believe it or not, I did not own a laundry basket before having my baby! And, now it is my savior. Or you can say it’s my second closet these days. Clothes come fresh out of wash into the basket, wear from the basket, take dirty clothes in the basket to the laundry area, bring it back to room in the basket. I digress but you get the point! Just put any type of laundry, whether washed or unwashed out of sight of your guests. Even if you have to put them in the said basket and lock it in your closet!
Put the toys away
I personally do not pay much attention to this particular area. After all, a kid is living here! And honestly, no matter how many times I tidy the area of toys and keep them in their designated baskets, they will invariably find their way back onto the floor, near the main entrance, on the kitchen carpet within five minutes of doing so. So, what’s the point you ask? At least, there would be 20 toys out if not 50 before the guests arrive. And, THAT’S a big difference!
Face the toilet
Cleaning the toilet is my least favorite part. Also, there is no way that you can scrub it top to bottom and get yourself in need of a shower in that short amount of time. If you keep your toilets in a presentable state all the time, then a quick freshening up is all you need to do. Vacuum the floor of any strands of hair, roll the toilet paper back that your toddler was playing with, put the training seat out of sight, put the bath toys in a neat corner, bring out a fresh hand towel, you get the gist. Light a candle while you are at it!
Get into the habit of ‘carrying all’
This is a work in progress for me too. All I am trying to do is identify areas that get cluttered the most easily in my household. Places like the kitchen counter, dresser, TV unit shelves etc. Places where when we get back home, we dump all the extras we have on our hands. Phone charger, loose change, wristwatch, receipts. leftover cheddar bunnies etc. Aim to have a carry all container/basket in those areas. When it’s time to clean up, the first priority is to obviously take them to their designated places in the house. But if you are really really short on time, just put them away in the container till you can tackle it eventually.
I would love to hear what are your secrets to keeping a tidy home at
all most times!?
P.S. Here is a picture from our garden. Because let’s be real here; I do not have very many pictures of my clean home! 🙂