12 Simple Tricks To Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is
Never be caught mess handed again.
Have you ever had surprise company or wanted to throw an
impromptu party, but your house is a mess? Have no fear! Just follow these easy
steps to get your home in party shape in no time!
1. Tackle the Three
T's: Television, Toilets, Tabletops
Bare minimum: If
you only have one minute to clean, getting the dust and visible grime off these
three surfaces will make a huge difference.
Next level: After
you get the dust off, spray the kitchen and bathroom countertops and the toilet
with a disinfectant that also smells good. (We love the basil scent from Mrs.
2. Go With the Flow
Start your cleaning in the first place your guests will see (the entryway) and
move in the direction they’ll move toward the living room/wherever they will
end up. Clean those surfaces/get rid of the clutter in these places first, that
way you’ll spend your minimal cleaning time on what matters.
Next Level: Get
out your Swiffer and/or vacuum and clean the floor in the path that your guests
will take: Entryway → Hallway → Living Room → Bathroom → etc.
3. Guest-Proof the
Flush the toilet, close the drawers, cabinets, and shower curtain. Hang a
bathrobe over any wet hanging towels.
Next Level: Use
one paper towel or rag to quick swipe the mirrors, the faucet, the inside of
the sink, and finally the toilet seat — in that order.
4. Clear the Clutter
Stack things like remotes, books, and other randoms in size order to give it
the appearance of organization. Put all the visible clutter into a laundry
basket and stash it in a room with a closed door.
Next Level: Put
things in baskets according to the room they actually belong in, that way you
can clean up even easier once your company is gone.
5. Switch Your Linens
Replace dirty dish towels and bathroom hand towels with clean ones.
Next Level: Spray
them with starch to make them look ironed.
6. Get Rid of Pet
Flip the sofa and chair cushions over and voila: no more pet hair! (As long as
the other side isn't also covered in pet hair). Toss a clean throw over the
back of any furniture with attached cushions that you can’t flip.
Next Level: Use a
vacuum, lint roller, or a rubber glove to quickly get the pet hair off all your
7. “Do” the Dishes
Bare Minimum: In
a pinch, if your dishwasher is full or if you don’t have one, stash dirty
dishes in the oven. It will look cleaner than having them in the sink. (Just
make sure not to forget and turn the oven on!)
Next Level: Fill
a bucket (or an extra bathtub if you’re sure no one will see it) with hot soapy
water and stash dirty dishes there, so they’ll be easier to clean once you have
8. Good Scents
Spray Febreze air freshener or upholstery spray in the room your guests will be
in the most.
Next Level: Put
on a small pot of water to simmer and fill it with any mix of the following
that you have: Cinnamon, lemon or citrus peel, nutmeg, cloves, ginger. It will
fill up your house with a good smell and the citrus especially will mask any
other unpleasant odors.
9. Lighten the Mood
Bare Minimum: If
it’s daytime, open the windows for a brighter cleaner looking space. If it’s
nighttime, turn overhead lights off and use lamps instead. Low lighting makes
your home feel cozier and also hides any imperfections (aka dirt).
Next Level: Light
some candles — or several. Just make sure that if the candles are scented
they’re all the same scent.
10. Treat the Windows
Turn the blinds up instead of down to hide dust.
Next Level: Spray
vinegar on a newspaper to get squeaky clean windows in a flash.
11. Bring in Shiny,
Bare Minimum: Put
something shiny or reflective in the room, like a vase or a mirror, to keep
people’s attention away from other less clean areas.
Position a light near or across from the shiny things to really amp up the
Trick: Wheel Out the Vacuum
When guests drop by, just leave the vacuum in the middle of
the room and say “You caught me in the middle of cleaning!” That way, any mess
Written by Jessica Probus