10 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean and in ‘Showing’ Condition

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Deciding to put your house on the market is a huge endeavor that one doesn’t make lightly. The challenge about selling your house is that you have to keep going about your daily life while still keeping your house in showing condition. If you have kids or pets, keeping your home clean can feel nearly impossible! 

Don’t worry, dear seller. We have gathered tips and advice from top rated real estate agents that’ll help you continue to go about your daily life as usual, but still keep your home in “showing” condition. 

1. Deep clean

The first step to keeping your home in showing condition is to deep clean your house. Go through every room and scrub, sweep, dust, mop and organize everything. When your house is spic and span, the rest of these tips will be a cinch.

2. Have a place for everything

Organizing is essential when you’re trying to keep your home clean. By giving everything a permanent home, it’ll be easier to pick up and put away. You don’t have to worry about trying to find space on the bookshelf or try to remember which closet the sports gear belongs in. 

3. Spot clean as you go

It’s okay to spot clean as you go throughout the house. For example, if you’re walking from one room to the next, straighten up anything that’s untidy. Pick up any odds and ends that are lying about. 

4. Stay on top of laundry

Instead of waiting for the laundry baskets to overflow, do smaller loads of laundry throughout the week (if possible). Don’t forget to fold and put away your laundry as it’s finished! 

5. Make a game out of clean up

It can be difficult getting the kids to pick up after themselves, especially if they’re young. However, if you turn it into a game, kids are more likely to help out. For example, if there’s a mess after playtime, you can use games like Simon Says or Eye Spy to name items the children can pick up and at the end of the game, the “winner” gets to choose a movie to watch.

6. Don’t put things off until tomorrow

After a long day at work, no one really wants to clean, but the longer you put things off, the worse the mess becomes. Plus when you clean as needed instead of putting it off for another day, the easier it’ll be to clean up. 

7. Use leftovers

A great way to remember to use leftovers is by getting a magnetized dry-erase board and sticking it to the fridge. When you put a leftover away, write on the dry-erase board what you’re putting in there and the day you put it in there. The next time you’re trying to find something to eat or make for dinner, you can make it a point to use whatever leftovers you have to create a dish.

8. Clean counters and tables before bed

As you do your nightly routine, make sure you wipe down any surfaces along the way. If you brush your teeth, be sure to clean the sink so there’s no toothpaste or residue left in the sink. If you get up for a light snack in the middle of the night, be sure to wipe down the counters and wash whatever utensils or dishes you used. 

9. Invest in a swiffer

You may sweep and mop on a weekly basis, but a swiffer is a great tool to have on hand in case there’s a showing mid-week and you haven’t the time to break out the mop. 

10. Deal with little messes right away

Sometimes it’s impossible to be neat and tidy 24/7. However, when there is a mess, you’ll want to clean it up right away instead of putting it off until later. If you don’t feel like doing it now, do you really think you’ll want to do it later? Probably not. It’s best to just get it over with!

Keeping your home clean and ready for showings can be challenging because life has a funny habit of catching up to us… And if you have kids or pets, it can feel nearly impossible! Yet, when you do these ten things, you won’t get overwhelmed when a realtor wants to bring a potential buyer over for a showing.