After saying goodbye to the silly season it's either time to clean up after the festivities, or prepare for more summer celebrations!
Preparing your house for guests doesn’t have to be a laborious or overwhelming process. With daily cleaning tasks and a simple routine, you can spend more time on mixing sangria than dusting the nooks and crannies of your rooms.
Mez Graham, Co-Founder and CEO of newly launched on-demand home management app Fix it Faster shares some of her best hacks to get your home in tip-top shape - in under 30 minutes!
Equip yourself with the essentials
"Load up a caddy or container with the key cleaning tools you will need to tidy your home," Mez says. "These may include a feather duster, microfibre cloths, a lint roller, all-purpose cleaner or disinfecting wipes. Bundling a container of must-have products will make it faster to transport and find your tools as you move through your home."
Set a timer
"Time-management and prioritisation are fundamental to tidying your home in record time," Mez suggests. "Break down the amount of time you spend in each room to 5 to 10 minutes and see how much you can get done before the timer runs out."
Shake up the salt
"With the living and dining areas being key spots in the home for eating food and toasting drinks, tables can often show the wear of coaster-less cups and glasses," Mez tells. "Rather than shopping for a replacement table, mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil in a bowl, then apply the paste to stubborn white rings with a soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain."
Lather up the baby oil
"Break out a rag and baby oil for a quick grease-buster that will cut away grime and buff appliances without leaving a harsh scent," Mez advises.
Hold tight to your toothpaste
"Silver tarnish around bathroom and kitchen taps can age your home and be frustrating to scrub at with metal wool," Mez says. "Try a minty-fresh alternative by applying toothpaste to the tarnish with a rag. A toothbrush can assist with getting into crevices and a dryer sheet will restore shine to metal taps."
Become one with essential oils
"To remove the labels from any new products you have bought to spruce up your home for entertaining season, look no further than orange essential oil," Mez tells. "This trick will break down tacky sticker glue, allowing you to peel the offending tag off - all while giving your hands a moisture-boost!"
Outsource another pair of hands
"If the cleaning piles up or you identify any tasks that require an expert’s touch, an on-demand home maintenance app like Fix it Faster can quickly and easily connect you with a network of service professionals," Mez advises. "Whether you need an electrician stat or forgot to book a Santa for your Christmas party or a last minute grazing platter, the newly launched app uses real-time geolocation data to provide a live map of available fixers in your vicinity."