Trust me these home cleaning tips work. They are tried and true!
I was chosen to be the subject of a market research for a baby product company. Three of their employees came to my house to ask questions relating to which products I use for R and baby J. By visiting our house, they were looking to find what real moms do and the types of products moms spend their hard earned money on.
The old me would have cleaned the house from top to bottom but the mommy me honestly put the dishes in the dishwasher and nothing else.
Why the drastic change you ask? I have realized that my good enough house is spotless compared to most other houses. It is not worth the energy or time away from R & J to stress about it. On top of that, most people still comment on how clean my house is. Of course, I laugh in my head as I see a cobweb as I let them in the door.
Here are a few home cleaning tips that will help you to pretend to have a clean house:
- Start with a neutral palette: My house is very neutrally decorated with some accent pieces. I truly believe this is the most helpful tip. It tends to be less noticeable if something is out of place or needs cleaning. The brightness in the rooms and most items help hide the dust and grime that darker surfaces tend to draw your eye to.
- Designate a home for everything: Even if you keep some items out they will seem less like clutter if they appear to go there. For example, I have a drying mat on my counter most days of the week filled with dishes. Since there is a mat for drying underneath it is obvious they are there for a reason and not just a mess.
- Shut doors: If you have a playroom, laundry room, bedroom, pantry (the list could go on) that tend to get a little crazy at times, SHUT THE DOOR! It’s that simple. No one will know it is a mess if they cannot see it. Plus, it will not stress you out as much every time you walk past that room.
- Open the curtains: Simply giving your guests something else to look at helps to distract them from the interior of the house.
- Have a paper spot: Papers pile up as you work through them. I am notorious for my piles and they drive hubby crazy. If they are out of sight they are out of mind for me. However, I do have a place to keep them during the visit that is not front and center to where they enter/exit or where they will be while visiting. They may see them in passing but are not a focal point.
And if all else fails…
Pour cleaner in the toilet for a few minutes then flush. This along with some Febreezing will give the illusion you were in the middle of cleaning. Hopefully, excusing any messes still lingering.
Oh yeah… and let them know you live there… with a child(ren).