Keeping our bathroom picture perfect is a near impossible challenge with a 2-year old and a 4-year old. However, with summer come houseguests and impromptu get togethers since the weather is beautiful this time of year.
There are 2 rooms I try to tackle before having last minute houseguests – the kitchen and the bathroom. No one wants to come to my house and see how messy they can get! I try to do dishes every day (try being the operative word here), but sometimes my bathrooms can get neglected.
Take a look at my bathroom this morning:
Not pretty! I definitely wouldn’t have wanted any unexpected guests to stop by and see that mess.
So I want to share my 5 quick and easy steps to preparing my bathroom for last minute houseguests.
Quickly Clean Your Toilet
Our toilets get dirty so quickly – especially with Kaylee potty training! Before you start cleaning up, squirt or pour your toilet cleaner in the toilet and let it sit. After you complete the other tasks below, just quickly brush the toilet clean and flush. Then use the used cloth you used to clean the counters (and anything else) to wipe up any other unsightly messes around the toilet.
Stow Away Unneeded items
Brushes, hairbows, bandaids, lotion and a million other things end up cluttering our guest bathroom counter, so the first thing I do is toss them in a draw or tuck them under the sink. It’s a quick and easy way to make my bathroom look tidier.
Wipe Down the Counters
Dust tends to collect on our bathroom counters, so the first thing I do is grab some natural all purpose cleaner, spray it on the counters and wipe them clean. It makes an instant difference in the appearance of my bathroom. I also quickly wipe out the sink and wipe off the faucet.
Empty the Trash Can
On those guilty days where I forget my reusable shopping bags on my shopping trips, I come home with plastic bags. Rather than waste them, we use them in our bathroom trashcans. I like to store a couple extra clean bags underneath the one that’s in use so it’s quick and easy to replace. I can just pull the old bag out, pop a new one in and toss the old one in the garbage outside
Put Out a Clean Hand Towel
As a final touch, be sure to put out a clean hand towel for your guests to dry their hands on. There’s nothing grosser than having to dry your hands on a dirty towel. We keep ours right by the sink because the girls can’t reach the towel holder in the guest bathroom.
If I have time, I try to sweep the floor, quickly clean the mirror and wipe the outside of the tub, but there’s not always time so I focus on these 5 tips first to be sure my bathroom is as presentable as it can be before our guests arrive!
Here’s my after picture. I did quickly wipe down my mirror and the really dirty spots on the floor, simply because it really needed it.
The floors are by no means perfect, but at least I wouldn’t be embarrassed if some friends unexpectedly stopped by today! It took me 11 minutes total to get my bathroom guest ready – not too bad!
What tips do you have for quickly making your bathroom presentable for guests?