CLEANING a house for a guest visit doesn’t have to take up your entire day, expert organizers have revealed.

Using your time efficiently, helping your kids clean up their messes, and making sure you get rid of those foul smells can really make a difference in a cleaning routine.


This little basket of cleaning supplies can help get your home sparkling clean in 30 minutesCredit: Getty Images

Experts, who spoke to The Washington Post, would recommend clearing high-traffic areas first.

Spaces like the bathroom, living room, and kitchen are part of your home that your guest would visit.

Make sure these spaces are clean and forget about the rest.

Tricia Holderman, who is the author of Germinator: The Germ Girl’s Guide to Simple Solutions in a Germ-Filled World, recommends spending 10 minutes cleaning the living room and kitchen each, then spending 5 minutes cleaning the bathroom. .

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“In the bathroom, wipe down the countertops, shine the mirrors and clean the toilets. If you have products on the counter, find a place to store them.

“When you only have a few minutes, a clutter-free room looks cleaner, even if it isn’t,” Holderman told the Post.

“In the kitchen, wipe down the countertops, load the dishwasher and sweep the floors. For living areas, sweep or vacuum floors and dust surfaces.

It is also recommended to create a quick but effective cleaner by combining dish soap with any degreasing agent to clean surfaces.

For those foul odors, which can be caused by garbage, food waste or a dirty pet area, Holderman told the Post it’s best to get rid of the trash instead of trying to mask the smell with it. a spray deodorant.

“Most air fresheners mask odors without eliminating them,” she told the Post. “Also, these can be dangerous, as the spray droplets are large and can be inhaled.”

This could cause breathing problems for someone with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Once these smells are taken care of, Jamie Novak, who is a professional cleaner and author of a book called Keep This Toss That, recommends filling your home with a more natural scent of candles or placing cinnamon sticks or lemon slices in a pot of water and simmer.

Finally, your attention should be focused on cleaning up child messes and general clutter. If your kids are old enough to clean up on their own, give them chores to do.

For young children, turning cleaning into a fun game may be more effective, Novak told the Post.

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Small piles can also be covered with a blanket to speed up the cleaning process.

Be sure to focus on areas that will be visible to your guests.

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Storing various items in small storage areas can help you stay organizedCredit: Getty Images

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