How To: Fake a Clean House

How To: Fake a Clean House

Laure Joliet
Mar 25, 2009

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?

Image from House Tour: Matt's Eclectic Luxury

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