Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to keep my house clean and tidy that I feel like giving up completely. I am forever in the pursuit of perfection, and because I never achieve perfection I am never happy; Here is where I think a superficial clean can help. Just give your house a quick tidy, no more than 15 to 30 minutes max. Just walk though your house and have a look at it through the eyes of a guest and just hide away the mess that is most noticeable, you don’t even have to put things away properly. But what have you really achieved I hear you ask? Well, first of all the house is guest ready. There is no panic attack when the doorbell rings. Second of all there is a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing the house is clutter free and looking good. I myself am new to this technique, I used to like to doing things properly from the start, but I am slowly now realising my mistake. This superficial clean is best done first thing in the morning, so that if you want to get on with other things during the day you can. A quick tidy at the end of the day, ideally with the whole family involved, is also a good idea.
And once you are done, you may reward yourself with a cup of tea or coffee, sitting comfortably knowing that your house at least looks good, even if it isn’t necessarily clean.