When you're selling your home, you must be ready for people to pop in at a moment's notice. And no, it's not like when your neighbor drops by to ask you to water her plants while she's on vacation, and leaves in five minutes without noticing how many dishes are stacked in your sink or the layer of dust on your coffee table.
Nope, these people will scrutinize. And they will judge. But you're still living in your home—how do you keep it clean enough to make a good impression, no matter the time or day?
It turns out you don’t have to hire a live-in housekeeper, and your life doesn't need to come to a screeching halt just because you're showing your house. Try these hacks to get the job done quickly and easily, so you can free up your time—and save your sanity.
Half of my cleaning problems come from not knowing where to start. I walk into a room, picture myself trying to clean all the things at once, get overwhelmed, and suddenly feel the urge to sit down for a while. Apparently I’m doing it wrong (no big surprise there).
But if you know how to work the room, cleaning will go much faster.
As soon as you know you’re going to show your house, pack up everything you don’t normally use. Once you’re down to the stuff you actually need, find a way to quickly and easily hide it when it's time to show the house.
Sure, it might take a lifetime to actually develop good habits, but you can always fake it until you sell your house.
By taking small steps throughout the day, you’ll save yourself a ton of time and keep the house clean around the clock. In the living room, pick up as you go (or at least as soon as your kids leave the room). In the bathroom, make it a habit to keep your toiletries under the sink and not on the counter. In the kitchen, unload the dishwasher as soon as the drying cycle is done so you can start loading again right away.
Running short on time? You can easily make a room look clean without actually having to clean everything—as long as you focus on the stuff people notice the most.
Don’t forget those little touches that make your house look clean and presentable. Throughout the home, create inviting sitting areas and intimate spaces. In the bedroom, make sure the bed is made evenly every day—lumps and wrinkles in the comforter can make the whole room look messy. Put out a bottle of wine and a couple of wineglasses in the master bedroom or living room. And in the kitchen, add a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers to the countertops to give a touch of color and freshness.
You don’t want to do too much—or you’ll be heading back into clutter territory—but a few little touches here and there can create a scene charming enough that no one will notice the spots you forgot to clean.
Article by Angela Colley
(All info via Realtor.com)