How do I fake a clean home when unexpected guests say they are coming over?
Although you might want to panic since your home might looked trashed at the moment.
There is no need to panic at all, you got this.
I have 10 tips to make your house look clean in 20 minutes or less.
The goal is not to think perfection, after all you have kids and maybe pets that live here.
People do not expect your home to look perfect all the time. There are going to be messes.
You home does not need to be perfect just look semi clean and mostly uncluttered.
Cluttered spaces scream messy space. The less “stuff” or less clutter the better, especially when it comes to how to fake a clean home.
So let’s dive in..
I have 10 tips to fake a clean home in 20 minutes or less you can use when you get that call that someone is stopping by.
1 – Catch The Clutter
Grab your catch all bin aka empty laundry basket and get to it.
Pick up all the toys, papers and little odds and ends laying around and toss it into your basket.
Only focus on the main areas of your home that your guests would see.
2 – Straighten The Furniture
As you are picking up all the clutter straighten out your furniture.
Fix the couch cushions and rearrange your throw pillows neatly.
If you have books pile them into a neat stack. That way it looks put together.
Check your kitchen and dining room for chairs. Make sure to push them in against the table nicely.
Fix any table runners or decorative pieces you may have on any surface.
3 – Empty The Kitchen Sink
A very quick way to make your house look clean is to make sure there are no dirty dishes piled up in your kitchen sink.
A clean sink screams clean home to anyone that walks in to it.
If you have a dishwasher load your dishes from the sink into it.
Even if there are items you hand wash just place them into your dishwasher for now. You can take care of it later.
If you do not have a dishwasher, quickly rinse anything and lay them out on your drying rack.
No one will ever know they are not actually cleaned.
4 – Clear The Crumbs
If you have children there are bound to be crumbs on the counters or table.
To a quick check of the areas you know collect crumbs and clear those away into a towel.
5 – Wipe Down The Main Bathroom
Take a few minutes to tidy and clean up the main bathroom.
Swish the toilet with a brush and wipe it down.
Wipe out the sink and counter top. Also change the hand towel for a freshened up look.
Spot clean the mirror if it is bad as well.
This makes your bathroom look clean even though you faked it.
6 – Straighten The Entry Way
Since this is the first area anyone will see take a few seconds to tend to it.
Straighten up the shoes, your purse or jackets you may have laying around.
If you have an indoor mat give that a shake outside your door to quickly clean up the space.
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7 – Close Bedroom or Office Doors
How to fake a clean home within seconds, close all the doors.
Since guests that are just coming over for a quick
You can fake a clean home to guests by simply closing these doors.
My last house was one level and all the bedrooms were open to the living room.
Any time I had guests over I just closed all the doors and no one knew what a hot mess the bedroom might have looked like.
8 – Vacuum High Traffic Areas
If you have time grab your vacuum and hit the high traffic areas of your home.
Make sure you get the front hallway and any area rugs you have in your space.
9 – Light A Candle
Another key to fake a clean home is to make sure it smells nice.
Light a candle, use a scented oil diffuser or my favorite wax melts.
Wax melts have become my new favorite way to make sure my house smells amazing.
I have one in my kitchen that makes my whole downstairs smell good.
When I had little kids I was so afraid to keep candles burning, even though I loved them. So I turned to an electric wax melt. They are a little safer and I can keep them out of arms reach without the fear of an open flame.
10- Fix Yourself
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Lastly, to fake a clean home is to fix yourself.
I know it sounds silly since we are focusing on cleaning our home but your guests are here to see you.
When you look more put together not only will you feel great it will show to your guests.
Throw on a new shirt or outfit. Fix your mom bun hair and or make up for a quick freshened up look.