Get your house clean in five min­utes. And, dis­guise your dirty hair

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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?

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