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We’ve all been there before. You get a quick call from a good friend, neighbor, or mother-in-law saying they are down the street and going to pop over for a few minutes.
Of course you say, “Yes, come on over!” But then you look around and you think differently. Your home is a mess!
Don’t fret. I have 5 tips here for getting your home guest ready in 5 minutes or less, and it works, because ahem, I’ve basically perfected the moves.
Ready for it?
Step 1: Grab all the clutter and stick it in a laundry basket. I’m not kidding. We can sort through it later, but right now it’s about speed. Mail, Legos, bags full of other bags (anyone else have this issue?), magazines, you name it – if it doesn’t belong where it is, it goes into the laundry basket and tucked out of the way. I learned this trick a few years ago when we were selling our home and I’d sometimes have ten minutes to get me and the kids out of the house quickly!
Step 2: Fluff the pillows on your sofa. A quick pick up by the top two corners and a voluminous whomp across the sofa should do it. Here’s a tip: arrange any decorative pillows by standing them up, quite literally, and giving them a little “chop” with your hand right in the center. Ooohlala, so designer, no?! Let’s be real though: is a cloud of dust nearly knocking you over now? Don’t worry – step #3 is going to take care of that for us.
Step 3: Use a multi surface cleaner, a soft cloth, and begin! My go-to multi surface cleaner is Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower®. The reason why I like a multi surface cleaner is because it does the work of a variety of household cleaning products all in one. Remember, we’re expecting guests ANY second now – we don’t have time to be switching in between cleaners! This all-purpose cleaner contains a worry-free formula that cleans up smudges and messes while safely leaving the finish alone. Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner also features Allergen Trappers® to remove dust and up to 90 percent of the allergens found in dust.
Step 4: Add some fresh blooms. Now maybe you’ve had the foresight to pick up some flowers from the market earlier today, but if not, there’s nothing more lovely and authentic than some garden flowers. I’ve snipped some of our beautifully blooming azaleas and placed them into the vases on my built-in shelving.
Step 5: OK, now this one is the big one. Are you ready for it?
Yep, you heard me correctly. Don’t worry! Who is coming over anyway? Chances are, whoever it is already knows and loves you, and our homes are the ultimate reflection of who we are. They are where we live, eat, sleep, play and entertain. Who lives in a showroom anyway? I can see the allure, truly, but at the end of the day, our little mess is what makes each of our homes special and unique, and perfectly un-perfect!
Now, if you have a few extra minutes while you’re waiting for your guests to arrive, I recommend you take your Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® and hit up the doorknobs, the mirror by the front door, the bathroom faucet and handles. Think of Pledge® as the everyday beauty brand for the home! The more time you have, the more you can clean up, the better you will feel, and the better your home will smell with the Glade® Rainshower® scent!
I pick up my Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® at Kroger right from the Household Goods aisle. Be sure to check them out online and on Facebook.
So, tell me – do you have any tricks to get your home guest ready?
Author: Candace Thomas