Ring… ring!!!! That was a call from your Aunt Laura and her friend who pop by in about 20 minutes for a little visit! Don’t panic. Fake clean your home! Company should be welcome even on your home’s worst days! Sometimes we just don’t have time for a full deep home cleaning when we really need our home to be spic and span. Today, I’m going to show you how to fake a clean house when time is not on your side.
We all get visitors that come on the worst day possible. We all have “those” days. And our homes do too! So if you are having visitors on one of those days, get busy so you can welcome them in with open arms and a fake cleaned home!
Most of the visitors come to our front door and I welcome them into the front part of StoneGable! The foyer, living room and dining plus the powder room get the fake clean business!
I’m sharing my foyer, ready for company today!
Put on your fastest music and enlist any helpers if you have them and get busy!
LIGHT A SCENTED CANDLE OR DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS
First thing, get those fabulous home aromas going!
You can fake out your guest’s noses and have them thinking you have a clean home by lighting a clean smelling candle or diffusing some great essential oils. For me, essential oils are the way to go! I love the combination of peppermint and tangerine. Set a clean and tidy “mood” with a clean smell.
You don’t need to fake a clean home to have a great smelling one!
ONLY FAKE CLEAN THE ROOMS YOU WILL BE USING
Because time is of the essence, only fake clean the rooms you will be in or can be seen. No need to clean the master bedroom if you are not entertaining in it! Got it… I knew you did!
A LARGE LAUNDRY BASKET IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Grab a large basket or laundry tote and toss anything into the basket that doesn’t belong in the room in question. Tuck the basket away in a room that won’t be used and vow to deliver the items to their rightful place when you have some time.
Remember if you don’t make time to put things away you have just created a new messy spot!
USE A FEATHER DUSTER
My feather duster is a workhorse in my home. As quickly as you can swipe it over your larger horizontal surfaces. Easy peasy!
THE SWISH AND SWIPE
Take a couple of minutes to do the bathroom swish and swipe! Wipe down countertops and sinks. Wipe down the toilet seat and quickly go over the bowl with a brush. This makes your bathroom look fully cleaned and your guests will never know!
I put a couple drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and hide it in the toilet paper roll.
Change out your hand towels.
Clean the mirror only if it is bad!
ONLY if you cannot keep your company out of the kitchen will this be necessary…
Throw all dirty dishes into the dishwasher unless there are clean dishes in it. And in that case, put all dishes in dishpans (my lifesavers) and stow them in the laundry room or garage or a closet until company is gone.
Anything else on the counters goes into the laundry basket spoken of above.
Wipe down countertops. Don’t worry about the stove, people usually give grace to a stove!
Add a couple drops of essential right down your sink. It will help your kitchen smell amazing!
Place a clean dish towel by the sink and you are good to go!
BEFORE YOU OPEN THE DOOR
Put on a little lipstick. Breathe and as you open the door give your visitors your best and most genuine I’m-so-happy-to-see-you smile! And whatever you do don’t say a word about a messy house! LOL!
IF ALL ELSE FAILS…
Restrict your guest to a couple rooms! Smile and make them feel very welcome. A visitor will remember how welcomed they felt longer than how clean your home was!
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