You know the feeling, you’re relaxing on the sofa with your feet up, enjoying a nice sweet sherry and a mince pie, tin of chocs at your side, fire roaring, TV showing your favourite Christmas movie… and then you get a text…“We r just in town, r u in if we pop over 4 a cup of tea?”
Ah! Dilemma! You want to see them, but the house looks more like something from Home Alone than The Holiday (who doesn’t want to live in that house… with Jude Law…)
Well doesn’t don’t be a scrooge, say yes! We’ve put together our top tips to help magically transform your home in a matter of minutes.
Stop and think
You may only have ten minutes, but use those minutes wisely. Think logically about which rooms your guests are likely to go in and concentrate your efforts there. Just shut the doors to any rooms you’d rather they didn’t see.
Use all available drawer space
You haven’t got time to put everything back in its rightful place– just stash anything that needs hiding until the coast is clear! If you run out of room in cupboards and drawers, the space underneath the sofa can be perfect for slipping your plate of biscuits (unless they are bringing their dog…)
If you’ve got plates and mugs on the side in the kitchen ready to be washed up, pile it tidily in the sink and, while you’re there, stick the kettle on so the tea’s made by the time they get there – that way they won’t be tempted to hang around in the kitchen (with more time to spot the dishes) while you’re waiting for it to boil.
A quick once over
Inject some microfibre magic into your clean by giving your surfaces a quick once over with a Vileda Soft Dust Cloth; it offers 40% better dust pick up – that’s 40% less time and effort!
Grab the vacuum cleaner and give your floors a quick once over – start by the front door and stick only to the rooms your guests are likely to go in. Follow up with the Vileda 1,2 Spray to easily remove sticky, greasy marks and give a spotless finish to any laminate, wood or tiled floors. Crucially, it sprays a micro mist onto the floor, meaning you can control the amount of water going onto the floor and it dries super fast while still getting a sparkling result.
Create a welcoming glow by lighting your favourite Christmas candle, check the tree lights are turned on and plump the sofa cushions – you’re ready! Now where are they…