The week leading up to your wedding is an absolute frenzy. Between finalizing the bridal look, confirming and re-confirming vendors, chasing down those final RSVPs and a million other to-dos, the last thing you have time for is cleaning your house. Nonetheless, you can’t exactly let your humble abode fall to ruin with bridesmaids to rally, family to host, and a honeymoon trip just a few short days away. So what’s the solution? Easy, cost-effective cleaning hacks that keep your home tidy with minimal effort.

1. Cut the Clutter

The more stuff you have, the more there is to clean. You don’t need to haul your belongings off to Goodwill before your wedding, but if you stow away the throw blankets and pillows, countertop appliances and 10 pairs of shoes at the front door, your home will automatically appear tidier. Because wedding gifts are a major clutter contributor during this time, designate a specific area to stash gifts until after the honeymoon.

2. Corral Your Cosmetics

Beauty products strewn across the bathroom counter isn’t a good look, especially when you have guests. Keep your cosmetics organized and off the counter with a cosmetics organizer, like these stylish options highlighted by Allure. Organized beauty products are also a blessing if you’re doing your own makeup for the wedding. You’ll be able to easily grab your cosmetics and go, without worrying about forgetting your favorite brushes or holy grail foundation.

3. Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Every woman knows the struggle of searching for the perfect outfit to wear and turning her bedroom into a disaster zone in the process. Prevent the dreaded clothes pile and outfit indecision by crafting a capsule wardrobe for your wedding week. Your capsule should include interchangeable basics including tailored trousers and blouses that you can throw on and accessorize for meetings with vendors as well as statement pieces for wowing guests, such as these wedding week looks from Brit+Co.

4. Streamline Cleaning

With clutter cleared and clothes off the floor, cleaning house is much easier — and easy cleanup is key when all your time and energy is focused on the big day. However, that’s not all you can do to streamline cleaning. Stocking a cleaning caddy in each room of your house lets you quickly wipe down surfaces without searching for cleaning supplies and strategically placed catch-all bins are perfect for stashing clutter that filters in throughout the week.

That leaves cleaning the floors as your biggest chore, especially if you’re hosting guests at home. Rather than pull out the vacuum every single day, knock this time-consuming chore off your list by picking up a robot vacuum. Robot vacuums have come a long way and there are a lot of great options worth checking out. The programmable appliance provides busy people autonomy as they continue with other responsibilities. It’s like having a robotic butler clean your floors while you complete other items on your to-do list.

5. Keep Decorations Simple

It’s tempting to go all-out decorating for the big day, but unless you’re hosting wedding events at home, think twice about elaborate decorating at home. Anything you decorate with today is something you have to clean up tomorrow, and you won’t have as many enthusiastic helpers after the wedding is over. Keep home decorations simple with a wedding-themed wreath for the front door and artfully arranged photos of you and your future spouse.

Finally, acknowledge that your home isn’t going to look perfect when you’re busy preparing for your wedding — and unless the nuptials are happening in your living room, it doesn’t have to be. Letting yourself get stressed out about the state of your home only invites unnecessary negativity into your wedding week. Take these steps to maintain a baseline of cleanliness, spend a couple minutes per day tidying up and then commit to not worrying about it. When you’re getting ready for the biggest day of your life, you have better things to think about than a clean house

Blog written by Guest Contributor: Alice Robertson; alice@tidyhome.info

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