Ok, so Christmas is knocking on your door, but you didn't have time to do the big clean up you wanted to do before your nearest and dearest [and pickiest] arrive!!!
Worry Not, Count to five (well, sort of) and it's DONE.
Step 1: Put a good book, a box of choccies or $20 for a cafe treat in the bottom of a large box or washing basket. Sweep ALL clutter not nailed down into this. Ensure there are some important things you really need in there so you simply Have To revisit it later. You might need more than one box or basket...
Step 2: Quickly clear and wipe down as many surfaces as possible and empty the rubbish bin. Arrange anything left out in a symmetrical way. For example, a neatly arranged pile of papers with tidy edges placed square on the bench against the wall [almost like magic] says "purpose, clarity and importance". In contrast, a the same papers left messy and strewen seem to suggest "stress". And objects quickly arranged an even distance apart in rows has the same positive effect. Experiment under your sink or in a cupboard- just put all the bottles and cans in rows with space around each and all of a sudden it looks beautiful!
Step 3: Tidy your entranceway inside and out. Shake off the welcome mats and sweep away dirt and cobwebs. First impressions have the most clout so if this looks good guests will perceive the whole house to be like this.
Step 4: When the people arrive NEVER apologise for the 'state of your house'. You'd be amazed at what they never even notice if you don't mention it ;)
Step 5: When the party's over and the dust settled and you've had a good sleep it's time to empty those boxes of stuff, all the way down to the treat at the bottom for a job well handled! ENJOY !