Preparing for a date involves planning particularly if your date will be visiting your home. Today, we are fortunate to have a guest blogger who shared her expertise to prepare your house before a date. You can read Julie McAdoo’s 6 Step on How to Clean the House Before Your Date Sees It sharing below.
So you’ve invited your new lover over to your house for the first time. You may be one of the lucky ones who found someone who just doesn’t care if you live in filth. But you can never go wrong by presenting a clean home.
- Tidy your things. Remember what mom said? “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Start there, then consider de-cluttering much as you would if selling your house. If this date is the real deal, you want to show her there’s room in your life and home for her.
- Clean the kitchen. Get rid of the ‘ick factor’ of a sink full of dirty dishes and messy countertops
- Clean the bathroom. Pay special attention to cleaning the toilet and sink. If you’re hoping for an overnight visit, better clean that shower and tub! You never know…
- Dust if you have time. If you’ve done a good job of tidying and de-cluttering, dusting will be a cinch. This is a great opportunity to make your home smell great with a furniture polish. However a damp-dry cloth is very effective at dusting and won’t ruin or streak furniture nor leave an oily residue.
- Deodorize by shaking baking soda over your carpets and vacuum. Baking soda is an inexpensive and effective deodorizer that will freshen your carpets from musty smells they may have absorbed
- Mop those floors to leave a fresh, clean scent. Mopping doesn’t have to be a big production with mop and bucket. A microfiber mop and a spray bottle of your favorite floor cleaner works great, is efficient, and hassle free.
If you’ve basically cleaned up after yourself on a regular basis, getting your home ready for your date to see for the first time won’t take you long–maybe an hour at most to freshen key areas. If tidying up is a new concept, give yourself a day, or call a cleaning service! If you DIY, break it down into smaller tasks. You’d be amazed what you can accomplish with a little focus, motivation, and a fifteen minute timer!
Julie McAdoo is a United States Air Force Veteran, wife, mother, and owner of Refresh Your Nest Cleaning Services serving South Tampa. For more cleaning tips, check out her blog at http://nestrefresh.com.