Whether you're hosting a party for your kids or adults, you may find yourself doing a little last-minute cleaning up. We found Mary's list of "Top Ten Things That Must Be Done When Cleaning My House in a Hurry" both humorous and quite realistic for us at times...
A few of the things that made it onto her list:
• Assuming the stars have not aligned and provided natural home fragrance, light some candles.
• Put away things that have places – toys, dishes, dirty clothes. (Please note: I am not saying, nor would I ever say that dirty clothes don't immediately go into hampers at my house. Nope. Not me.)
• Pick up extra junk that's laying around the house. Drop it into a laundry basket and stick it in the garage. Wonder why everything can't just have a place in this tiny, storage-deficient house.
• Get out the Clorox wipes and go to town. Clean the table, the kitchen counters, the bathroom floor, the bathroom sink, and anything else that might be sticky or dusty. Yes, this may include dining room chairs, living room side tables and door knobs.
What's on your list? Ours would include a quick but thorough bathroom cleaning, putting toys back in their bins, and clearing off the entryway table of mail or coats.
Photo via Tim Even Cook from Real Simple.