We all know those days when you realise that you desperately need to get your house or flat in great shape – as soon as possible.
Whether your parents in law have just announced a last-minute visit or you are trying to kick-start your very own Bed & Breakfast business to make good use of those spare rooms, getting your home in great shape doesn’t have to take you what often feels like an eternity. Here are four tips to tackle it within a few hours.
- Get rid of mould and mildew
One of the most important things to do is to make sure you carefully remove all signs of mould and mildew for a fresh, clean, and nice-smelling home. Mouldy windows and walls are nothing to be ashamed of – they’re usually caused by a humid climate and bad ventilation – but they are easily cleaned so there’s no excuse to let mould build up.
Have a look at this video on how to remove mould and mildew from walls for a quick and simple fix to a common problem.
- Clean your windows
Have you ever walked into someone’s house and been immediately impressed by their shiny windows? You might think of washing the windows as a time-consuming and exhausting task, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re using the right technique.
Make sure you purchase microfiber clothes to avoid those nasty streaks and achieve a flawless finish. Wipe from left to right in a downwards motion. You can buy a window cleaning solution or make your own mixture using white wine vinegar and water.
- Collect your laundry – and your kids’ toys
If you’ve got kids, chances are, your house is not nearly as tidy as you would like it to be. Don’t worry – you don’t have to keep your home perfectly organised at all times. But if you want to get your house ready for a special occasion, there are two things to get under control: dirty laundry and your kids’ extensive toy collection. Those are two common culprits that make your house look a lot less tidy than it actually is.
Store dirty laundry and toys in big baskets and bags so no one will trip over a little red car or be shocked by the sight of dirty socks. If you put the baskets in their respective rooms – bedrooms and laundry rooms – then taking care of your general housekeeping will be easier too.
- Done and dusted
Once you’ve finished tidying, it’s time to polish and dust those surfaces. You will need a slightly damp, soft cloth to collect the dust and make sure it doesn’t simply relocate.
Remember that dusting your home is not just about cleaning surfaces – dust tends to get stuck on books and plates as much as on your favourite table so pay attention to these smaller items and see what a difference it makes.
And there you have it – four easy ways to get your home ready for whatever life throws at it. Simple.