I’ve never been a clean freak, but having kids has pretty much added fuel to the fire. Our house can look like a war zone even on the best days, and I dread the unexpected call from friends saying they’re in the area and will be there in 10 minutes. Cue a panicked rush to get everything sorted asap so they don’t walk in to a complete pigsty.

Over the years I’ve found a few ways to make it look like I’ve been cleaning, when really a haven’t. A quick routine to make the house appear presentable – even when it’s not.

Fake Cleaning Hacks For A Fresh Home:

Pay Attention To The Toilet

The bathroom is the one area that you really don’t want to be grubby. Using in cistern toilet blocks gives your bathroom a freshen up with every flush. Aside from replacing it periodically, you don’t have to worry about cleaning the loo so much and just give it a surface clean as and when you get a chance.

A bathroom with a shower that has glass doors. The floor is tiled in black
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Utilise Air Fresheners

If your home smells fresh then it’ll immediately appear cleaner than it probably is. I like to open doors and windows as much as possible for fresh air, but in the winter it’s not always practical. Air fresheners can be found with ONLINEcarparts.co.uk. When I can’t open the doors and window because it’s too cold (which, let’s be honest, is pretty often here in Scotland), I put air fresheners in the kitchen, living room, bathrooms and even the car.

Consider The Lightening

During the day light and bright makes all the difference. Open the curtains, pull up the blinds and let the light stream in.

In the evening, use lamps rather than an overhead light as it can be too harsh and highlight all the flaw. Softer lighting hides a multitude of sins.

A white mug with a red and white knitted cover on it, next to a large red bowl full of popcorn with a large fire in the background
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Ditch The Clutter

If your sides are piled high with dishes and the floor strewn with toys then that is all your guests will see. Shove the dishes in the dishwasher and scoop the toys in to a basket – it won’t matter than you haven’t wiped the counter or hoovered so long as there isn’t clutter drawing attention to it.

Pick Your Areas Strategically

It’s unlikely that your guests will go through the whole house, so you don’t need to waste time with rooms that won’t be used. There’s no point stressing about needing to change bedsheets when your visitors won’t be going upstairs. Stick to the main areas – usually bathroom, kitchen and living room – and worry about the rest later.

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