I love Real Simple magazine and website. Today I ran across an article called How to Fake a Clean House.
In some ways, I've been doing this all my life. As a child, I would "clean" the bedroom I shared with my older sister by shoving everything under the beds. These days I am more likely to actually clean rather than fake it, but I've used some of these tips as well as other ones when company is due to arrive on short notice. Other suggestions:
* Pick up stray items and put them in a laundry basket and hide the basket till after company leaves.
* Shut the doors of rooms beyond help.
* Use a carpet sweeper or stick vacuum to tidy up the main thoroughfares in the house.
What other suggestions can you give for "faking" a clean house?