The Secret to Cleaning Your House for Guests in Just 15 Minutes

Posted by Devon Shryock

In the midst of the joy and festivities of the holidays, there always seems to be endless cleaning, prepping and primping to make the house presentable for guests. So in January, the last thing we want to do is deep clean before friends and family come over. Rather than completely isolate yourself from loved ones in this post-holiday recovery time, master the art of the quick clean so you can entertain without any of the work.

  • If they won't see it, don't clean it.
    Don't worry about the master bathroom. Seriously, act like it doesn't even exist. Only clean areas guests will encounter. This includes the front entryway, the kitchen, the living room and the guest bathroom.

  • Hide the clutter.
    Clear off the mail table and any other surface where papers and old magazines always seem to congregate. This easy task gives the appearance of a house that's always neat and tidy with very little effort. You don't even have to sort through the papers if you don't want to, just put them in a drawer and go through it all next month!
    • Note: Clearing the clutter includes putting your dishes in the dishwasher. No one likes seeing an old crusting pan sitting out.

  • Clean of all the surfaces.
    Yes, this involves actual cleaning but only the easiest kind, I promise. Wipe off all surfaces and counters your guests may encounter. Your house will have a nice freshly-cleaned stain and the rings on the coffee table from New Year's Day will disappear. If you want to go the extra mile (optional!), spot clean any stains on the carpet.

  • Light some candles and call it good.
    Candles, when placed in safe areas out of reach from pets and children, are delightful ways to create a warm, homey ambiance without decorating. A single candle can simultaneously freshen up your home and welcome guests.

Don't let post-holiday fatigue turn you into a hermit! With minimal effort, your home can still be the welcoming haven it has been for the past few months. If you're ready for a real update, or a redesign, call S.E.A. Construction. Our Design-Build team will work with you to create a stress-free process, every step of the way.

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