surprisingly, there's been a few nice days lately in chicago. actual able to open the windows for a few hours type of days. which of course means - i got my spring cleaning done. there's just something so satisfying about having a perfectly clean living space, if even just for a day. because who can maintain a perfectly clean and sanitized house at all times? not me. certainly not hawkeye.
but, you can do things to keep it close to that way. maybe not in a state of constant deep clean, but at least in a state where you wouldn't have to rush around shoving things into closets and closing bedroom doors because someone called to say they'll be stopping by in 20 minutes. yes, it's true! your home can always be at an 'acceptable to visitors' level. i realize that might be a foreign concept to some people, lord knows it was to me for awhile. because even though i'm great at keeping away the clutter, i never really cared about regularly wiping down mirrors or vacuuming. i would only do those things before someone was coming over to stay, and that only made me hate the tasks more because obviously vacuuming is a way more time consuming process if you only do it once a month as opposed to every few days. let's be honest here - i went about 3 months before i'd vacuum. fine, judge me, but it's my most hated chore.
now i'm off that path of pre-guest cleaning panic. while i still need to spring clean and fall clean, a twice a year deep clean is enough because i do small cleaning tasks each day. that's the trick to staying on top of things. don't let it all pile up for sundays because it's just too much. and anything you miss will just keep getting pushed back to the next weekend and then the weekend after that and then you're back to the place where you don't want anyone to come over. it's better to do daily maintenance. if you need to, get a groupon for a cleaning service to kick start your clean space - it's easier to maintain than it is to deep clean yourself in one day. but whether you hire out or spring clean yourself, schedule daily cleaning sessions to maintain your newly prettied space. here's my little scheduler:
i usually do the same tasks on each day of the week, but occasionally something comes up so i keep it flexible. i spend one day each on: decluttering, dusting and mopping floors, vacuuming, the bathroom, the kitchen, and sunday is laundry day including linens. i also tidy up the bedroom and living room on sundays, but in my small apartment this is easy. you'll notice this is only 6 days. always take a day off because you're going to have a rough day or something will come up. my off day is tuesdays. if i get things done, great. if not, whatever! i also have the some day category (as opposed to 'someday' which is a distant day in the future and never actually arrives), some day means some single day this week, it'll happen. i either transfer tasks from another day i missed or i schedule things that don't need to be done every single week, like window washing or oven cleaning.
there's lots of different ways to make a cleaning schedule. maybe you do the laundry daily and prefer this schedule. maybe you have way more rooms than i do. whatever your situation is, you can find a cleaning schedule to fit it. i promise that once you get into the routine you'll find it's much easier and less stressful than the pre-guest panic!