Get your house clean in five minutes. And, disguise your dirty hair
some of us are too busy to tidy our living spaces or even be bothered by those dust balls. Fair enough! But sometimes you just need to fake being a clean and organised person – like when people come over unexpectedly – and fast.
Luckily, Dana K White, author of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind (Thomas Nelson; R336), gave us her easiest strategies for making your place look fit for humans.
Focus on what’s in plain sight As Dana explains it, “Go to your front door, look around and think, ‘OK, what are my guests actually going to see?’” The answer: random surfaces – think countertops and shelves. So declutter (Dana suggests stashing things like toasters and blenders that won’t be used while your guests are over) and do a quick wipe-down. “If your surfaces are clear, people will assume just everything is under control.”
Next, fluff “Walk through your house the way your guests would, straightening and fluffing as you go,” says Dana. Hit any room they might visit to catch last-minute messes, and bring along a trash bag to throw away garbage and things you don’t need. Stick to the path of least resistance: “If your ceiling fan is dirty, just turn it on so no one can tell.”
And if all else fails… “Move all your stuff into the master bedroom,” says Dana. “Nobody goes into a locked master bedroom. It can stay filthy.” Now, who can’t manage that?