Make your home look cleaner without the added work, this is great for an emergency when you need to do a quick clean so your home looks presentable for guests.
Don’t think that this is going to answer all your burning cleaning issues, it isn’t; it will give you some tips to help you make your home look more respectable in the short-term!
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The Reality Of Cleaning
There is no getting away from it, you have to clean or pay someone else to clean for you!
However, there are somethings that you can do that will mimic cleaning without tackling the whole house, especially if you are short on time!
Areas To Focus On
The areas which you must focus on are fairly straightforward and you might expect some of them!
- The entry way, you must keep this clean and clutter free, this is one area that can help a person form an opinion about you. So, by keeping this area in top shape it will make the rest of the house being clean!
- Your kitchen, not only is it a great idea to keep this clean for obvious health reasons. Keeping your kitchen free from washing up, will improve the look of the kitchen. If you haven’t got time to wash the dishes, if you have a dishwasher stacking them in there is a great way to make your kitchen appear tidy! As a last resort put them in a cupboard, but remember to wash them up later!
- The bathroom, this is somewhere that you really must keep clean! There is nothing more embarrassing than a toilet that doesn’t smell pleasant, not only for the owner but for your guest too!
Tricks To Make A Place Smell Clean
My husband was in the military and we moved frequently when my kids were little and you had to leave the house spotlessly clean! So, even though you lived there you’re expected to ensure that when you left you had cleaned your home!
During this time, I learned tricks to keep my house clean and how to pretend something was clean too!
To make a room smell clean, the obvious answer is to clean it, but if it smells clean the person checking your home isn’t going to check as carefully if it smells clean!
To make a room smell clean
The supplies you will need:
- An old glass
- Strong smelling bleach
It is that simple, you put a strong-smelling bleach in an old glass and leave it in the room until just before someone comes in, keep the door shut as it makes the smell stronger. The smell is in the room and you dispose of the bleach and the old glass if you want to use this tip for everyday use make sure that the glass is out of reach of children and pets.
The same principal works in the rest of your home, if you want it to appear cleaner, making it smell clean and fresh will have the same effect!
You can do this in a number of different ways:
- Open the windows
- Use a room fragrance
- Use a diffuser with a nice scent
Cleaning The Areas You See
If you have some time to tackle the rest of your home, you don’t need to deep clean, especially if you haven’t time.
However, you can check the floors, maybe put the vacuum around the middles of the rooms where guests will see.
Dust the most obvious areas, dark furniture shows up dust, the same as TV screens. Dust these first, or for the TV make sure it is on but turn the sound down.
Get Into The Cleaning Habit
Whilst it is great to have a few tips to make your home appear cleaner, the truth is that you need to get into a routine to get on top of your cleaning.
If there are others who can help, ask them to. I feel guilty about having to ask for help, but there are only 24 hours in the day and I know that I can’t do it all!
Cleaning doesn’t have to take long, the more you clean the less time it will take! I like to do my cleaning in short bursts, it gives me a break between tasks. However, I know that I am lucky because I work from home.
For those of you who go out to work, it is more difficult to fit in the cleaning as you will come home tired. However, the more that you do and tackle in the spare time you have the less likelihood of it building up where it becomes unmanageable!
Therefore, if you need to make your home look cleaner, the best way to tackle this is to get cleaning, but if you need to do a quick clean in an emergency then using these tips will help!
Looking for more articles on cleaning? 20 Things People With Clean Homes Do Daily is a great place to start!