Do your friends and family always show up to your home unannounced or maybe as they head your way? This basically gives you no time to clean or tidy up your home right?? Well no worries friend! I have some tips to share with you that will help you declutter your home FAST!
No piling things up on your bed or shoving in closets to deal with it later! I mean declutter your home and feel good about your family/friend seeing every bit of it!
Are you with me?!
How to declutter your home FAST!
1// Grab a basket for specific things
First thing you need to do is grab a basket and collect everything that is out of place. Go through the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. As you collect things, be mindful that if something in your basket belongs in one of these spaces, put it in its proper place.
Once you are done collecting all the things that are out of place, sit the basket to the side – we will come back to it!
2// Make piles
Have mail or paperwork spread all over your table? Pile it all up in one neat stack. You could even sit it in a basket to make it look like decor. While it will not be put away, it will make your space look tidier than leaving it sprawled out all over the table.
3// Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher
Have dirty dishes in the sink or all over your house? Put away the clean dishes and load the dishwasher with the dirty dishes. Instantly, you look more organized!
4// Put on a load of laundry
No one likes to see piles of laundry in a bathroom. By quickly organizing the dirty laundry, put on the first load that you have a big enough pile to start. By removing just one load of laundry from your dirty clothes pile, your home looks tidier.
5// Make your bed
Making your bed adds peace to your home, no matter how dirty the rest of your space is. By making it, you will feel accomplished, and not ashamed for people to see your bedroom.
6// Close closet doors
Whether it is your coat closet, linen closet, or clothes closet, close the doors! Closet doors are typically thought of as tidier when closed, because you no longer see what is being stored. For your guests, it is out of sight, out of mind. Only you know the true contents behind it.
7// Fold up blankets and put away
If you are a blanket lover, such as myself, it is best to fold them up and tuck them away. Leaving one out on the sofa is acceptable, but make sure it is put there in a tidy fashion.
8// Wipe down your counter tops
Now that you have grabbed all the clutter from the counter tops, loaded the dishwasher, and tidied everything else in your home, quickly wipe down your counter tops. Clean counter tops and a fresh clean smell bring your quickly decluttered home full circle!
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9// Grab your quick grab basket
Do not forget about the quick grab basket! If you have time to put things away, do so until your guests knock at the door. You will be thankful once they leave that you have a tidy home!
If they knock at your door before you get this finished, no worries! Just put it in your laundry room with the rest of your matching baskets, and finish putting everything away once your company leaves.
Now that you know how to declutter your home fast, you are prepared for the unexpected guests! Everyone will assume you always keep a tidy home and brag about it to others. Being thought of as tidy and organized will keep you inspired to keep your home tidy, even if no one shows up unexpectedly.
This is the very method I use when we have unexpected guests, so this method is beyond tried and true! I have used this method in multiple houses, even before I became a minimalist!
Just make sure you have everyone in your home on board with getting it done, although you may find yourself actually cleaning your home thoroughly waiting on your guests to arrive! 😉
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