Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Faking a Clean House

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?


  1. * Throw all dirty dishes in the oven (or dishwasher) to hide them.

    * Close the shower curtain.

  2. Now just hold on there a gall darn minute. Let me get this straight. You put dirty dishes in the dishwasher to hide them? Wouldn't that be the same as actually doing dishes, therefore qualifying as housework and not faking? I call foul! :P

  3. @lunaKM both very excellent ideas. I've shoved dirty stuff in the oven too!

    @Master_Dream{pt} not all dishes can be washed in the dishwasher :)

  4. Put a bucket with Pinesol or other smell good like cleaning cleaner in water and leave with mop in the kitchen, set vacuum neatly near front door, apologize to guests since you were just cleaning house when they called/dropped by and didn't have time to tidy up. Sights and smells do wonders to make others think you have been industrious all day long and deserve the break their company provides!



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