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Surprise Guests: The Stress of Quickly Cleaning Your Home

Special occasions or holidays are some of the times when families come together and visit one another. Your aunts, your uncles, your nephews, your nieces, or your in-laws are planning to spend time with you and the rest of the family. Here you are, at work, when a text message comes through and says, “Hey you! We plan on visiting you next week and hope we can stay at your house for a couple of days. I know it’s short notice but we really wanted to spend some time with you guys. We figured since we are going to be in the area we decided to text you to let you know that we’re coming over for a short visit. We would love to catch up before we head back home from our trip.” You look at the calendar and say to yourself, “It’s Friday! The house is a mess and I haven’t had the time to clean up yet.” You reply to the text and say, “Sure, what day will you guys be arriving?” A few seconds later, “Sunday, we will be there Sunday around noon.” You begin to sweat profusely just thinking about all the cleaning up you have to do. You are also wondering how to stop sweating as you haven’t even left your office for the day yet.

You arrive back home and wonder where to start cleaning. Do you start in the living room, guest rooms, or the kitchen? Here are some tips to help you plan a strategy to quickly get your home in tip-top shape before your guests arrive.

The Walk Through

So your guests are coming soon, real soon, and you are feeling overwhelmed about the cleaning situation. The first thing to do is calm down to alleviate your stress. Take a deep breath and plan a strategy. To do this, first consider a walkthrough of your home. As you walk through the various areas, take note of the places where you will probably take a substantial amount of time cleaning. For instance, consider cleaning the bathrooms and floors around the home first. Clean time-consuming areas first to get them out of the way. A good walkthrough helps you prioritize.


Once you have identified the areas to clean first, preparation is the next important tip to follow. To prepare, grab a bucket and the mop. Set mop aside. Fill a bucket or container with a mix of water and your preferred cleaning agent. Next, grab the vacuum. Have some cleaning towels or cloth on hand as well as tools to remove dust. Gather all the cleaning items near the area where you will be cleaning first. To keep your cleaning tools organized and close at hand, it is recommended to put them on a cleaning trolly. This is especially useful in homes that have hardwood flooring or tiles, as you can easily push the trolly around the areas throughout your home.


Playing music in the background, while cleaning, makes the task seem less of a chore. Consider putting on some music while cleaning. Fun and exciting music will have you energized as you sweep, mop, and dust your way around the house. Are you looking to maybe catch up on the news but are afraid of being distracted from your cleaning? Perhaps you can tune into a radio news channel. Listen to the news while you clean. Who says that isn’t considered multi-tasking?

Take Breaks

As you clean each area, also consider taking breaks. For instance, if you have already completed cleaning the areas that you have prioritized, you are probably already feeling a bit tired. Grab a drink from the fridge and walk outside. Breath the fresh air and take a sip of your drink. Stretch out your body and gently massage some of the areas that are starting to feel a little sore. Continue this for about five minutes. Take breaks as often as needed, and as you complete cleaning each area.

Guest Arrival Day

It’s Sunday morning and you are waking up to a beautifully cleaned home. All your hard work has paid off and you also got a good workout out of it. The beds in the guest rooms have new bedding, you’ve sprayed some wonderful smelling linen spray on them, and you’ve added a vase full of flowers in each room. You think to yourself, “That wasn’t so bad after all,” while heading towards the kitchen for some breakfast. A text message comes through and it says, “We’re on the way, see you guys at noon!” You smile as you read the text message while sitting at the kitchen table drinking your coffee.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. Thanks fo sharing your tips Amanda. We know the sudden walk through all too well lol!

    We keep some essential oil drops in our kitchen compost bin to keep the house from smelling stale.

    I saw you shared a few DIY’s. I have a DIY star lamp post I think you might like. Would you like to work on something together?

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