In Response to Re:????RESOLVE TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEANER IN THE NEW YEAR?: HOW TO "FAKE" A CLEAN HOUSE:
This should help you to, at least, appear to be succeeding in your resolution to keep your home cleaner, this year: HOW TO FAKE A CLEAN HOUSE : The Living Room Reserve one side of sofa cushions to be shown to guests. Before company arrives, flip over the cushions to reveal good-as-new fabric. When guests are gone, flip them back. Rid the sofa of pet hair by wetting the fingertips of rubber gloves and gliding your hand over the sofa. The hair will stick to the rubber. Stack books, catalogs, and magazines in neat piles on the floor or arrange them in a deep decorative basket. To disguise windows in need of washing, pull curtain panels closed. Fold a clean blanket neatly and drape it over a stained sofa. Strategically placed throw pillows can also camouflage soiled upholstery. THE KITCHEN : When the dishwasher is f ull & sink is overflowing, stow dirty dishes and silverware in a stockpot and pull them out later to be cleaned. Cover up the lingering aroma of last night’s supper by boiling nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon and orange peels in a sauce-pan on the stove. Declutter the refrigerator by taking down notes, drawings, and magnets and throwing them in a plastic bag. Sort through it later. Fold hand towels to hide stains. Two tips: Hang the clean side over the oven handle (with the stains in the back), or roll towels in neat spirals and stack them pyramid-style next to the sink The Laundry Room Fold clean towels neatly on the drying rack. Rope lingerie items on hangers, then place them in the bedroom closet, away from prying eyes. Drape a scorched ironing board with a clean white sheet, tuck in the edges to fashion a make-shift cover, and place the board in the far corner of the room or behind the door. Pile any laundry that needs to be folded in baskets or storage containers and lay them on the washing machine to be sorted through later. As for dirty clothes awaiting washing, simply toss them in the washer. If you don't need these hints; I hope you at least enjoy the laugh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Ann N
Hi Ann this is funny but I do have to say that I've done a few if not more of the things you listed.I wish people would call before they come over,it would make life so much easier.But that never happens.I do try to keep my dishes done,the fridge cleaned and wiped out every week.I wipe the counter down every time I do dishes and wipe the microwave out every night.I found something at Target,it is a plastic cover to cover your plate in the microwave and nothing ever goes all over and all you have to do is wash the plastic cover when you do dishes.An other tip go stand by your trash can when you bring in your mail and toss all the trash mail right away,any bills I dispose of the mailing envelope and put the bill and the return envelope together with the bill and put those in my file right away so I don't have to hunt for them.I also have a basket for the news papers new always on top.I also use the papers for Romeo since he is paper trained.I do have baskets for everything,I collect vintage picnic baskets and pie baskets they are decorative but also are great hiding places.There are so many tricks you can do to give the illusion that you have it all together. LOL