You've traipsed round the supermarket to get all your festive food, the house is looking a bit of a mess, and then some unexpected guests arrive at your door!
If the image fills you with dread, then you're probably on the Christmas countdown.
Of course, having fun with family and friends is the heart of Christmas - but for many of us, appearance does count for something, too. Us Brits spend nearly three hours cleaning and tidying our homes in preparation for Christmas day, and one in 10 even admitted that their pre-Christmas household clean can go on for five hours!
Whether it's feeling the pressure of the in-laws inspecting your home, or just trying to make way for all the added guests, we all feel the pressure to be the hostess with the mostess come Christmas day.
To help reduce your Christmas stress and give you some much-needed time to yourself, we've teamed up with Airtasker to give you a step-by-step guide on how to clean your home quickly.
Including cleaning hacks and quick tidying tips, it's time to take a look and get your home looking shipshape in no time at all.
1. Multipurpose wipes
Keep a pack of these handy wipes in key areas of the home, such as the bathroom and kitchen. In the last couple of days before your guests' arrival, do a quick clean as you go from room to room – divide and conquer!
2. First impressions
The first thing your guests will notice when they arrive at your home is your front door. Make sure your welcome mat is looking ship-shape and be sure to give your door a good wipe down to remove any cobwebs. If you want to go the extra mile, use a metal polish on your door hardware.
3. Make a playlist
It may seem silly, but having a Christmas cleaning playlist will definitely keep you motivated as you make your way through the house. If you've got a smart home hub system then have your music playing throughout the home to keep you feeling festive, or play it on your phone to make sure the tunes join you on your big cleaning journey!
4. Bust the dust
Though cloth dusters are traditional, lint rollers make dust-busting so much easier; use them on your sofa, curtains and even your lampshades! Plus, if you have pets then lint rollers are a great way to catch stray pet hairs in between vacuuming.
5. Zone your workload
If you're pushed for time, then stick to the key areas where the dust will be most noticable. Common areas for dust build up are the on the television, window sills, and mirrors, where the light will easily draw the eye.
6. Microwave magic
Your microwave is probably going to be in high demand for the next few weeks. To make sure it's as clean as a whistle, boil some water and lemon juice in the microwave for a few minutes and gently wipe the interior with a damp cloth to remove any food.
7. DIY cleaners
Ran out of a cleaning product? Don't panic – use vinegar. From cleaning the toilet to removing limescale build up in the kettle, vinegar is an amazing multi surface cleaner. Just mix equal parts of vinegar to water and either use with a damp cloth, or as a spray.
8. Call in a pro
If you're in need of an army of elves to help you out this Chrismas, then take a look at Airtasker's list of little helpers, or your local cleaning agency's services. From Instagram-worthy festive gift wrappers to decoration experts and cleaners, there are a huge variety of Christmas helpers out there, just ready to assist you and make this Christmas a calm one!