How to Clean for Company in 5 Minutes

You get that phone call.

“Hey, I’m about 5 minutes away. Do you mind if I stop by real quick?”

Look around the house. {Insert crying emoji}

If you were to tell the truth, the answer would be, “Umm…no. There are dishes piled in the sink, toys thrown all over the floor, and I’m pretty sure there’s pee on the toilet seat right now from one of my boys.”

But being the ever-gracious host that you are, you answer, “Sure! Can’t wait to see you!”

As you hang up the phone, you can do one of two things:

1. You can start screaming at everyone that’s in your path and run around like a maniac trying to pull the house together.

2. You can follow these tips to pull your house together. Fast!

(Because I know how smart you are, I’m going to assume you will pick #2)

Great choice! So let’s put 5 minutes on the timer and ready, set, go!


Grab a basket and put anything that does not belong in the living room, kitchen, wherever it is that you will be sitting down with your guest. It doesn’t matter what room it belongs in, if it doesn’t go in that particular room, put it in the basket. After you’re done collecting all the random things that have floated into your main living area, go stick it in a room where the door will be closed. This door will stay shut and this room will be strictly off limits to all guests.


Now onto the kitchen. You have two options here.

First option:  Pile all the dirty dishes in the oven. Yes, you read that right. I’ve never had a guest come in and open my oven door to inspect the inside, so your dirty dishes will be safe inside. Just don’t forget to take your dishes out after the guests leave or else you’ll get a surprise when you preheat the oven for dinner.

Second option:  Fill your sink with hot, sudsy water and put your dirty dishes into the soapy water. Your guests will assume they caught you right in the middle of washing dishes. 😉


Spot clean the guest bathroom. Take a Clorox wipe and wipe down the entire toilet. If you have little boys like I do, wipe the floor around the toilet as well. Then with another Clorox wipe, wipe down the sink and faucet. Put a fresh hand towel out and light a candle in the bathroom. 


Lastly, to give it a nice, fresh smell, light your favorite candle in the main sitting room of your house.

Now when that doorbell rings, you can answer the door with a smile on your face and your guests will wonder how you keep your  house so clean.

Shhh…it’ll be our secret.



Do you have any tips or tricks you use before last minute guests arrive?

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