Perhaps you can relate to this scenario: It’s Saturday morning, you haven’t quite gotten into your day, and you sure haven’t gotten to your to-do list yet. Your phone rings, and it’s a friend you haven’t seen in a while. She’s in the area and was thinking of stopping by. You’re happy to see her, but as Murphy’s Law would have it, last night was your turn to host the poker night, and your place, well, it still looks like poker night. This is a perfect time to break out your “speed clean” plan.

The first order of the day is to remove any evidence of last night’s game. Nothing will give you away like clutter, so grab an empty laundry basket and begin to fill it with everything in your living room, kitchen or dining room that is out of place. You probably won’t have time to put everything back where it belongs, so just toss everything into the basket and stash it in a closet to deal with later.

Next, odor control. First open the windows and let some fresh air in. Once you’ve given the place a few minutes to air out, spray your favorite air freshener throughout the house. This will get your spaces smelling clean, and a clean smelling home is a serious boost to any first impressions.

Use your final minutes to make sure that your entrance is tidy and welcoming, and that the bathroom your guest would use is presentable. Use disposable wipes for speedy spot cleaning in the bathroom, and make sure it’s fully stocked with toilet paper and other necessities.

That’s it! Your home is now presentable enough that you won’t feel like crawling under the couch the minute your friend walks in the door. Having an emergency “speed clean” plan makes all the difference when time is short and your house needs some quick TLC.

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