You need to get your home ready before your guests begin to arrive. You’re panicked and don’t know where to start.

Trust us. We have all been there.

This guide is a foolproof and sure-fire way to get your space cleaned and prepared for your guests. In this post, we will explore some of the best tips for the ultimate house cleaning checklist.

The Ultimate House Cleaning Checklist

Creating a checklist and staying organized can help make the cleaning process simpler and more manageable. Try following this simple checklist to get your space in tip-top condition.

Set a Reasonable Goal and Plan

It’s easy to panic thinking about all the work that goes into preparing your house for guests. The key is to establish a realistic goal and plan of attack.

We stress realistic because it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Setting a realistic goal and plan helps you stay focused.

To develop your plan, you are going to want to consider these key questions:

  • When are your guests due to arrive?
  • How much time do you have to prepare your space?
  • What areas will the guests see?
  • How long are the guests staying?
  • What room are the guests sleeping in?
  • What bathroom are the guests using?

Once you answer these questions, you can begin to create a realistic plan for your cleaning.

Execute Your Plan

By this point, your plan should be set in stone. You’ve decided what areas need to be cleaned and what areas can wait until after your guests leave.

If there are specific spaces in your home your guest won’t see, there is no need to add that space to your cleaning list. Try focusing on the designated areas your guest will be in.

Checklist by Room

Make sure to focus on each task and avoid getting distracted. Cleaning your space can be performed efficiently and effectively with the right plan, goals, and checklist.


  • Clean, dry, and put away dishes
  • Clean the countertops
  • Empty the trash
  • Sweep and mop the floor

Guest Bedroom/ Guest Quarters

  • Change bed sheets and make the bed
  • Set out guest towels
  • Empty the trash
  • Remove clutter from tables
  • Vacuum the floor


  • Clean toilet
  • Wipe down counter and sink
  • Clean the mirror
  • Wash the shower and bathtub area
  • Clean shower curtain
  • Empty the trash
  • Replace hand and bath towels
  • Set aside extra toilet paper
  • Refill soap dispenser
  • Sweep and mop the floor

Living Room

  • Remove clutter from all surfaces
  • Prepare couch, fluff the pillows, and set out throws
  • Empty the trash
  • Clean floors
  • Dust all surfaces

Have Fun with Your Guests

Now that you’ve prepared and executed the ultimate house cleaning checklist, it’s time to entertain your guests.

In the case that you simply don’t have the time to clean or you would rather leave it to the professionals, contact our team at Rescue My Time Cleaning Service. We offer a full range of cleaning services to meet a vast range of needs. To learn more about your options, contact us or request a quote.