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5 Clever Last-Minute Ways to Hide a Mess

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If you’re in a time constraint and need the house to look spotless ASAP, we have a few tips for you. The art of making the house look like you’ve spent all day cleaning in under five minutes is one I’m still trying to master. Thankfully, a couple clever ideas have come my way that have made a big difference. Check them out…

1. Dirty Pots in the Oven

If you have a sink full of dirty pots and pans, throw them right into the oven. Your kitchen can look instantly cleaner. Wipe down the counters with an all-purpose cleaner to make the house smell fresh and clean.

2. Decorative Storage Bins for Papers

Pick up a couple decorative storage bins to have on hand just for these moments. A small basket can work too for hiding away papers. Clean up the tabletops and toss everything right into the basket. Since the bin or basket is not an eyesore, you can put it on the bookshelf or above the refrigerator.

3. Chargers in a Vase

Our bookshelf always seems to have quite a few cords and chargers on it. I love this idea of storing them in a decorative vase on the shelf because you still have everything right where it was, but it doesn’t look cluttered.

4. Laundry in the Shower

Race through the house picking up dirty laundry and toss it into a basket. Then, you can store that into a closet, or even the shower. Just don’t forget it’s in there!

5. Swiffer in a Sec

A super easy way to dust is by wrapping a Swiffer sheet around your hand and wiping down counters and tabletops. This is a lot easier than having to take the time to do a deep cleaning. You can come back and do that after your guests have left.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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