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This summer I have at least five different groups of family and friends coming to stay with us. I’m also hosting my second “baby’s” graduation party at our home. That means I’ll be hosting many, many guests in my home this summer. I’m beyond excited about each and every occasion. I want to make sure that my guests feel welcome and for me, a big part of that welcome is greeting them with a clean and fresh house when they arrive. With a family of five, a dog and a leopard gecko, life can get a bit hectic and details are sometimes forgotten, even cleaning details. Since details matter to me, I’ve found that my printable house cleaning checklist helps us do a quick 10-minute cleaning just before our guests arrive so that we can welcome them into a fresh, clean home.
My house is generally kept clean with our weekly cleaning schedule, but with three children and a dog that sheds (much more than I like), there’s always some last-minute cleaning and touch-up that needs to be done before guests arrive. We used to run around like the Keystone Cops frantically and sometimes ineffectively trying to get everything done. A couple times of that and I knew I had to create a checklist for us to use. This free Printable House Cleaning Checklist makes it easy to divide up tasks among family members and to make sure nothing is forgotten. Just click to download your own copy of the checklist.
Printable House Cleaning Checklist
When I know we’ll be having guests, I create a quick clean up basket and fill it with a copy of my Printable House Cleaning Checklist and my favorite cleaning products.
Quick Sweep of Floors –With all the dog hair that my beloved dog, Lila, shares with us, I always need to do a quick sweep of my floors before guests arrive. I just focus on the rooms that my guests will be in and on the visible floor areas. No cleaning under furniture this time. With Swiffer Dry refills, my children can easily help with this task and even younger children can help push a Swiffer around to clean up.
Quick Wipe of Faucets, Sinks and Counters- I like that Bounty Advanced paper towels come with Select-A-Size so I can pick the size I need for each job and know that Bounty Advanced will hold up to all my cleanup jobs. I use paper towels for a quick wipe of the faucets, sinks and counters in the bathrooms and kitchen.
Check for Smudges and Scuffs – I always make a quick check of light switch plates, doors, door jambs and hallways to see if there are any marks or scuff marks that need to be cleaned up. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser takes just a couple of second to remove most marks on most surfaces (but be sure to read the back of the package first). It really is magic at cleaning up surfaces quickly.
Quick Dust of Visible Surfaces – Only dust in the rooms your guests will be in and only surfaces that they will likely see, like table tops. Don’t worry about mantles, bookshelves or high or low surfaces. Just focus on the areas that are most likely to be seen by your guests. I like using a Swiffer Duster and refills because it’s flexible and makes quick work of any dusting, whether it’s delicate knickknacks, horizontal or vertical. The handle makes it easier for this short girl to reach more areas without dragging a stool around with me.
Stock up on Toilet Tissue – With so many guests coming, I want to stock up on toilet tissue (no more explanation needed). I make sure that there are several rolls of extra toilet tissue in each bathroom before guests arrive. My family will only use Charmin Ultra Soft because it’s soft, but still strong. They grumble if any other type of tissue makes its way into the house. Really and truly.
Freshen and Eliminate Smells – I always take a minute to freshen up the rooms that my guests will be in. I want my house to smell fresh and welcoming. Febreze Air Effects doesn’t just mask smells, it actually eliminates odors even in a house of five, a dog and leopard gecko.
Knowing that my first guests arrive in two weeks, I made sure to stock up on paper and cleaning supplies at Costco on my weekly shopping trip. Learn more about the Procter & Gamble products available at Costco at their website .
The great thing about buying my Procter & Gamble household needs products at Costco is that I can purchase what I need for all my summer guests in one trip now. That makes my life much easier (and I can use more easier in my busy life).
Do you have guests coming for a party or to stay with you? Try my Printable House Cleaning Checklist to help you take care of all those details that make your guests feel welcome in your home.