*Guest post from Zoflora

I’m sure that you would agree that life can be pretty hectic, especially when you have kids. Therefore it can be a bit of a struggle trying to keep the family home in reasonable order, which can prove to be embarrassing at times. Have you ever been in the situation where a friend or extended family member has knocked at the door unannounced? Most of us have been there, and it is never an ideal position to be in!

There isn’t a whole lot you can do to stop the flow of household guests who are dropping by because they’re “in the neighbourhood” (translation: they need to use your toilet) or they are “dropping off a present” (translation: they want to gossip with you for hours even though you were just on your way out to the shops). However what you can do is make the house a little bit more presentable for these occasions; it can certainly make you a little less stressed about it.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Invest in some storage boxes

One of the key ways to get around the issue of clutter is to invest in some storage units or boxes. There are some examples of furniture where you can actually put items inside, either by taking off a lid or accessing a cupboard on the side. This means you can dash around a room in less than five minutes, quickly stashing toys, magazines and other everyday debris. If you don’t have a toy box, you can get some plastic crates that will do the job just as well.

Find a miracle cleaning product
Another tip comes in the form of choosing the right disinfectant for the kitchen and bathroom, as these are the rooms that visitors tend to use. If they have stopped by to use your facilities, you will want to ensure that everything is hygienic enough, as well as generally protecting your own family from common bacteria. Time is often limited so look for one product that can take on a number of tasks, rather than buying lots of different bottles and sprays.

Put bins in every room
It is amazing how much litter can be found in the household without actually being in a bin. Empty toilet rolls are one of the main culprits, but you will also have junk mail, envelopes, receipts, sweet wrappers and so on. The solution to this is to put a bin in every room and try and empty these at least once a week.

Do the dishes
The kitchen can look messy without too much effort, but doing the dishes often makes a big difference to its appearance. A dishwasher is often well worth the investment, but the plastic cups that kids use often can’t be washed that way. Try and get into a routine on when you will wash these up, and don’t let everything build up as it can become a mountain of a task.

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