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Memorize This 10-Minute House Rescue Plan

The phone rings. Surprise! Long lost friends are in town. They’ll be at your front door in ten minutes. You have no time to clean the house, much less to panic. But you do have time to deploy this crazy but highly effective rescue plan!

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Ready, Set … Go!

1. Freshen the Air

Set a pan half full of water over medium heat. Add spices like cinnamon, allspice, and cloves and leave it to heat.

2. Relocate Clutter

Grab a box or grocery bag and clear all visible surfaces—coffee tables, end tables, kitchen counters into it. Don’t stop to organize or assess. Slide everything in that is not in its perfect place and stash the whole thing in a closet. 

3. Hide the Bathroom Clutter

Gather and deposit all bathroom clutter in the tub or shower. Draw the curtain. 

4. The Special Basket

Pull out a special basket (prepared ahead of time and stashed under the sink) with a couple of pretty holiday towels and guest soaps tucked in it and set it on the vanity.

5. Surface Clean

Grab a cloth, furniture polish and all-purpose cleaner. Quick-clean the flat surfaces you just cleared.

6. Vacuum

Starting at the front door vacuum the visible areas.

7. Play Martha Stewart

Light the candles and fireplace. Switch on the music and turn down the lights. Ta-da! You did it. Now do your best to relax.


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  1. PJ says:

    Peg Bracken of (“I Hate to Cook” book fame) used to live in Hawaii. Here’s her 4-step rescue plan when unexpected guests come calling: Sweep the deck, turn on the pool lights, set out the ice and lock the house. LOL


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