Set a Timer
Allot just 10 minutes for each room. In the bathroom, shine faucets and taps (the gleam makes a good impression). Run a lint brush across the vanity to pick up stray hairs. Start in the living room by dusting the coffee table, then straighten pillows and stack (or put away) newspapers and magazines. Corral remotes and other gadgets and place them in a drawer. Focus your kitchen cleaning on stains and food spills (including errant crumbs). Next, remove notes, pictures of school handouts from the fridge and store them until you have time to sort them. Wipe down the stove and make sure there's enough counter space, especially if guests are bringing dishes to share.
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