Make Your Chicago Home Look Clean, Even if It’s Not

January 03, 2011

You’ve gotten through the holidays and your Chicago home is still intact. You aren’t expecting any company, but you never know when that unexpected guest will just “happen to be in the neighborhood.”

Here are some tips on how to give your home the look of being clean when it really isn’t:

*Have a normal side and a guest side of your sofa cushions. When company comes by, flip the cushions to guest side and your couch will be good as new. After company leaves, flip them back to normal side and be as messy as you want.

A woman looking stressed in her messy kitchen.

Guests coming? Don't stress! Fake a clean house!

*You don’t need a lint brush to remove pet hair off furniture. Instead, wet the fingertips of a rubber glove and wipe. The hair will stick to the rubber.

*Got piles? Stack books, catalogs, mail and to-do lists in nice piles on the floor or throw them in a decorative basket. Just don’t put important bills there and forget about them.

*Laundry baskets work great for bigger piles of stuff that you need time to go through.

*To cover up bad smells in the kitchen, boil nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon or orange peels in a sauce-pan on the stove. Or, throw some pre-made cookie dough in the oven, which will not only make the house smell yummy but will also provide a snack for your guests.

*Dishwasher clean and sink full? Throw the dirty dishes in the oven to be cleaned later. Just don’t forget and turn it on.

*Bathroom a mess? Throw everything temporarily in the tub and close the shower curtain. Always have a spare set of clean towels to quickly put up for guests. Make sure there is hand soap, and try to at least clean the toilet your guests will use.

*Clean up your desk by taking all those lists and notes you write as you type and stow them underneath the keyboard.

*Pile any clean laundry that needs to be folded in baskets on top of the washing machine to be sorted through later. Dirty clothes can be thrown in the washing machine to be washed later.

*Make the beds, throw anything on the floor into a closet and shut the door.

*Dim the lights and light candles. Dirt guests can’t see won’t hurt them, and a nice smell can give the impression of a clean room.

Once your guests come, don’t apologize for the state of your home. Your guests are there to see you, not your house. Plus, if you point out imperfections, your guests will focus on them more.

Now, go enjoy your guests, yourself, and your seemingly clean home.

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