7 Steps to Create Your Emergency Cleaning Plan

Whether you think you’ll need it or not, an emergency cleaning plan is an invaluable resource. Say, for instance, you get a call out of the blue. Old friends are in town, and they’re planning to swing by for a surprise visit in an hour or so— are you available? You’d love to see your pals, but your house is in no shape to receive guests. It’s time to implement your emergency cleaning plan— STAT!

If you’re wondering how to form an emergency cleaning plan of your own, we’re here to help. Here are the steps you should take to create your customized emergency cleaning plan so you’ll never be too embarrassed to let treasured friends into your home.

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step 1: Get Started Immediately

While you might be tempted to put it off until the very last minute, swing into action as soon as you hang up the phone. Don’t take a minute to think about everything you have to do, just start doing it! Turn on some fun music to motivate you to keep moving.

Remember, you’re not trying to deep clean— you’re trying to make your house look presentable enough to bring guests beyond the front door. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in any particular task. Instead, complete them quickly and move on to the next one.

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step 2: Gather Your Supplies

Get everything you’ll need to do a quick-but-thorough cleaning job, including a multi-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloth, gloves, and a broom. These tools should be sufficient for what you’re hoping to accomplish today— there’s no need to make a trip to the store for a specialty cleaning product. Remember, the name of the game is efficiency!

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step 3: Start Your Machines

Sink filled with dirty dishes? Empty cups littering the coffee table? Gather up any stray dishes, load them into the dishwasher, and get it started. If you find any other dishes as you make your way through the house, simply hand wash them. (This is a good task for a child.)

Bedroom floors covered with dirty clothes? Pick them up and toss them into the washing machine. Completing these tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to continue working your way through your list.

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step #4: Focus on Surfaces

Clear away any clutter on countertops and tables. It doesn’t matter where you put it, just make sure it’s not somewhere that a guest can see it.

Wipe down surfaces with that handy multi-surface cleaner. While you’re at it, wipe down the newly-emptied kitchen sink, too. Focus on the appearance of the surface; you’re not trying to deep clean it, just making sure that your guest doesn’t put their hand on a sticky spot.

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step #5: Wipe Down the Bathroom

As soon as you enter the bathroom, squirt cleaner into the toilet bowl, and let it sit while you wipe down the sink and empty the trashcan. Change the hand towels and check the soap, too.

Once you’ve finished everything else, scrub the toilet bowl.

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step #6: Sweep the Floors

Sweep any hard surfaces first, including your kitchen and bathrooms as well as the entry way, if applicable. Don’t spend a lot of time on this task, just make sure the big bits of debris are cleared away.

Next, pull out the vacuum and sweep the carpets quickly. Again, you’re just looking to pick up the most noticeable dirt, not trying to clean deeply. A quick sweep will work. Stick to the main parts of your home. Don’t worry about the bedrooms that are unlikely to be visited or the stairs.

Emergency Cleaning Plan Step #7: Conduct a Quick Walk-Through

You’re almost done! Before you call it complete, do one more inspection to add the finishing touches:

  • Fluff the pillows on the couch
  • Pick up any stray toys
  • Make sure the beds are all properly made
  • Check for general clutter
  • Light a few candles or turn on an essential oils diffuser to add a pleasant smell to the air
  • Straighten curtains and blinds

The best way to be sure that your home is always ready for a surprise visit is to enlist the help of a professional cleaning service. When your home is routinely cleaned by a team of trained pros, it’s a lot easier to get it ready for guests!

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