So here's what you do:
Find a box. Clear the hot spot (maybe it's papers on the kitchen island), putting everything in the box. Now, you could get tricky with it and wrap up the box so it looks pretty under the tree. You could tell everyone it's a gift for Aunt Mildred, whom you'll see after Christmas, and no one will be the wiser. :)
After Christmas, be sure to open the box and sort the contents, throwing away what you don't need, and putting everything else in its proper place.
Other ideas for cleaning in a hurry:
- Set the timer for 15 minutes to work on clearing hot spots.
- Involve the kids (damp rags to dust furniture, wipe the floor)
- Send toys to toy jail (a large garbage bag) if the kids do not pick them up on their own. They can bail them out later.