It’s 8 pm on a Wednesday night, and you’re just getting around to cleaning up your apartment. You know you should have done it earlier in the day, but you were too busy.
Now, you only have an hour to get it done before your friends come over for drinks. Don’t worry-with a little bit of planning, you can have your place spick and span in no time.
1. Pick up all the clothes off the floor and put them in a hamper
This includes all your dirty laundry, as well as any clean clothes that are just lying around.
2. Wipe down all your furniture surfaces
This includes countertops, tables, and chairs. Use a damp cloth or sponge to remove any fingerprints or smudges. By wiping down everything, you’ll make your home look cleaner instantly.
3. Vacuum all the floors
This will help to remove any dirt, dust, or pet hair that may have accumulated over the course of the day. If you have time, you can also mop the floors for an extra level of cleanliness.
4. Put away all the dishes
This includes any dirty dishes in the sink, as well as any clean dishes that are sitting out on countertops or tables.
5. Hang up any coats or jackets
Make sure any outerwear is put away in the closet or hung up on a coat rack. This will prevent clutter from building up and allow guests to easily hang up their own coats.
6. Make your bed
Straighten up any sheets or blankets that may be rumpled, and plump up any pillows. This will give your bedroom a neater appearance.
7. Put away any toys or games
If you have children, make sure their toys are put away in a toy box or designated area. This will keep the area looking neat and tidy.
8. Organize your bathroom
Put away any toiletries or towels that may be lying around. Wipe down the sink and countertops. Hang up any bathrobes or towels that are on hooks. This way when guests use the bathroom, they’ll have a clean space to work with.
9. Empty the garbage cans
This includes any trash that may be in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. By getting rid of the garbage, you’ll make your home smell fresher and cleaner.
10. Dust all surfaces
This includes ledges, windowsills, picture frames, and bookshelves. Use a damp cloth to wipe down any surfaces that may have accumulated dust.
11. Open the windows
Let some fresh air into your home to help circulate the air and get rid of any stuffy odors. Opening a window also helps to brighten up a space.
12. Light a scented candle
This will help to create a pleasant atmosphere for your guests. Choose a scent that you enjoy and that isn’t too overwhelming.
13. Focus on the common areas
If you’re short on time, focus your attention on the areas of your home that guests will see the most. This includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
14. Don’t forget the little things
Once you’ve finished cleaning up the major areas of your home, take a minute to straighten up any small items that may be out of place. This includes putting away books, magazines, and remote controls.
15. Give yourself a pat on the back
You did it! Your home is clean and organized, and you’re ready to entertain your guests. We understand how challenging it can be to keep a tidy home, but with a little bit of effort, it’s definitely doable.
By following these 15 steps, you can quickly and easily organize your home in under an hour.
Just remember to take your time and work systematically from one task to the next. With a little bit of effort, you’ll have a clean and clutter-free home in no time.