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Our new year's resolution included having people over more often and while we definitely have upped the frequency, we'd like to be hosting people a couple times a month instead of once a month at best. It seems that there is one main obstacle: the house isn't clean enough. And we're too tired/lazy/busy to get it where it needs to be:

Luckily Real Simple recently broke down how to fake a clean house. Obviously really cleaning the house is always a better option, but if people are on their way over and you're looking at a messy place, desperate measures are taken.

Among our favorite suggestions are:

• Reserve one side of sofa cushions to be shown to guests. Before company arrives, flip over the cushions to reveal good-as-new fabric. When guests are gone, flip them back.
• When the dishwasher is full and the sink is overflowing, stow dirty dishes and silverware in a stockpot and pull them out later to be cleaned.
• Glide a sticky lint roller over the bath mat to pick up hair.
• Rid the sofa of pet hair by wetting the fingertips of rubber gloves and gliding your hand over the sofa. The hair will stick to the rubber.
• Temporarily hide wayward Post-it notes and to-do lists underneath the keyboard.

Some that we wanted to add:

• Wrangle all papers, magazines, clippings and to do lists that are sitting on the dining room table and stick them anywhere, especially their own bag/drawer/cabinet. Promise yourself you will deal with them later.

• Pull out half the jackets/sweaters/coats/bags from the landing strip (the first thing people see when they come in) and dump them in a closet. Also promise yourself that these will be dealt with soon.

• Leave and walk back through the front door, deal with the first mess people would see.

• Shine the faucets with a damp washcloth, if the faucets are clean, the whole bathroom looks clean.

What are you ways to fake a clean house?

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