If you’re like me, you don’t always have time to deep clean your home. If I’m lucky, once a month I get to really go through and scrub down every crook and cranny of the house. However, in between those times, I have to do the best I can to make my house appear clean. You know, just in case we have visitors. It’s especially the worst when you have surprise visitors and your house is looking a bit cray. Let me tell you from experience, there are ways to “fake clean” your home to make it appear, for the most part, put together. You know, in those moments where you have ten minutes to pick up the house before family you haven’t seen in ten years rolls up at your house? Yeah, that’s what these fake cleaning tips are good for.
- Use a towel to sweep and mop all at once – Sweeping and mopping can be so time-consuming. There’s no way you’ll fit those two things in alone if you’re in a pinch. So, take a bath towel, lightly dampen it and then throw it down and use your feet to drag it through the middle of the hard floors. It gets rid of the most noticeable things on the floor and takes literally a minute or two tops.
- Hide the dishes – If your sink is full of dishes, you definitely don’t have time to clean all of those before they get there. If you have a dish washer or stove, pile them in there. You don’t have to rinse them, put them in neatly, etc. Just throw them in there and deal with it later. If you don’t have a dishwasher or your stove has a glass door, put them in a tub or plastic bag and put it out in the garage. Sounds gross but desperate times call for desperate measures.
- Hide those dirty clothes – If you’re like me, a pile of dirty clothes will always be somewhere in the house. Hide them by stuffing them all in the washing machine and dryer. If both of those are full, throw them in a plastic bag and set them in the garage. Are you catching on that hiding things in the garage in bags makes it inconspicuous?
- Hide a smell – The worst thing ever is if you have a smell floating around the house from a previous meal or some trash that just got taken out. Put a pot of boiling water on the stove and if you have any fruit at all besides bananas, throw it in the pot with some cinnamon. The smell will quickly permeate the entire house. If you don’t have any fruit, put some baking soda in a bottle with warm water and spray it around the house. It will pull some of the smell out of the air.
- Declutter the bathroom – If your bathroom looks like a mess, close the shower curtain or door to hide the bathtub/shower from those needing to use the restroom. Any random items you can place under the sink until a later time. Use a paper towel or wash cloth (dry) to wipe down the mirror, sink, and toilet. It won’t actually clean them but a dry cloth will scrub away any noticeable spots in a quick second.
- Remove that animal fur – My worst problem is getting animal fur off of everything quickly. Mainly just the couches get on my nerves. If I haven’t gotten time to thoroughly vacuum them, they could potentially have animal fur all over them. Instead of dragging the vacuum out, grab a wet washcloth or your lint roller, and rub it over the couch. It will get up the most noticeable hair quickly.
- A quick dusting – In order to make your home appear less dusty, use a dry washcloth and wipe down the bigger items in the room such as the TV. I sometimes don’t even wipe, I just swing the cloth around to blow away the dust even more quickly.
- All that paper clutter needs to go – If your office space is as cluttered as mine (usually papers) just throw it all inside your shredder. If you don’t have a shredder, put it inside a desk drawer or a box nearby. Don’t take time to sort it, just throw it in there and mess with it later.