How To Quick Clean Your House Before Unexpected Guests



We all know that when your house is freshly cleaned and polished that no one visits right?

And we all know that when we are overwhelmed with chaos and haven’t had time to clean, we get a phone call to tell us that someone is dropping by in five minutes.

Whether you’ve got five minutes to dash about or whether you need to pop upstairs  to do a quick clean as your guests are arriving,  I’ve put together a quick list of super fast things to clean in a hurry!






It is important to get your house to smell clean, as this can trick a visitor into thinking you’ve been cleaning all day!

  •  Get your home smelling clean and fresh,
  • fling all the windows open to get some fresh air to circulate.
  • Fill sinks with disinfectant and allow to sit to disperse a fresh scent
  • Wipe areas near the front door with disinfectant, so the house smells clean as guests arrive.
  • In winter, wipe radiators with disinfectant to help smells circulate into all the rooms.
  • My favourite go-to disinfectant for emergency cleaning is Dettol  I always carry  this in my cleaning kit 

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 Quick Clean The bathroom


If your bathroom is dirty, unexpected guests will assume the rest of the house is too!

It’s challenging to keep the loo clean when you have small kids but keeping a toilet cleaning routine helps avoid the emergency toilet cleaning in a hurry!

To learn the best way  to clean your loo click here



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  • Wipe down the toilet, sink and shower doors
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Pick up anything from the floor
  • Spot clean mirrors




Close doors

Close any doors to which the unexpected guests will not be entering, don’t worry about the rooms they won’t be going in, use your time to clean the rooms the guests will be using most, such as the kitchen, bathroom and communal areas.



Tidy up


Apart from the bathrooms, tidying up is the thing which will have the biggest impact on your cleaning and tidying efforts.

A house will never look clean unless it’s tidy,  pick stuff up off the floor and put stuff away!

  • Straighten cushions and books


  • Discard magazines


  • Put away toys.


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If you’re struggling to find motivation to clean regularly click here





Serve some nibbles!

I always keep a jar of olives and some cheesy crackers and crisps to serve if I’m caught out by visitors, this helps people feel welcome and at home.

Some garlic bread slices in the freezer are also great for serving in a hurry!




 Quick Clean The kitchen


The kitchen is a priority to clean or at least to tidy before anyone comes round.

Try to get into the habit of keeping your kitchen clean all the time, find out how to keep your kitchen clean and tidy here , so it’s one less thing to clean in a hurry!


  • Put away dishes
  • Empty rubbish
  • Sweep floor
  • Change dishcloths and tea towels.


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Keeping your house guest ready.


The easiest way to avoid having to do a quick clean before guests arrive is to try to establish daily routines which will help you stay on top of the housework, so if you are caught out by visitors, a quick tidy round and straighten up will be all that is needed.

Read how I use my daily routines to keep my house guest- ready here





Try to get your kids to help by setting a timer and getting them to put away as much as they can in ten minutes for a prize as the timer goes off,  if three people are tidying for ten minutes each then you’ve got 30 minutes of tidying done!




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