I have a confession. I’ve fallen off my weekly cleaning schedule this summer. We’ve been busy with activities and cleaning just hasn’t been the priority. Instead, I’ve been doing my cleaning weekly instead of daily but no one has noticed a difference!
It’s an illusion and today I’m sharing how I “fake” a clean house. The trick is to make your house look tidier than it actually is.
1. Use Wall Space, not Flat Surfaces
Instead of decorations on my surfaces, I really prefer to keep things minimal, or bare. Not only does it make dusting easier, but my house doesn’t feel completely empty of meaningful art and things. I’m a big fan of gallery walls. The house looks personalized, but “clean” because…
2. Keep Stuff off Flat Surfaces
This is my number one secret. My house can be cleaned and scrubbed, but it just looks messy and awful when there is stuff on the counters, on the tables, on the floors. See the photo above of our fauxdenza? I emptied it of all my projects (no dusting!) and cleared it versus the fauxdenza below is clean and dusted but it’s just chaos:
3. Keep Similar Items in One Space
I generally try to keep the same things all in the same area. Hair accessories in a drawer, library books in a basket, tchotchkes in our china cabinet. If you keep all your things together it makes it less easy for them to travel and make your house look worse than it actually is! (Especially with kids!)
The hardest part is definitely keeping flat surfaces clear. It’s so easy to just drop stuff and even easier to forget about it. But I think even a 10 minute clearing of the stuff makes it look better so that you won’t feel bad that you didn’t get a chance to vacuum today!
I shared a few other steps to a cleaner home here.
How do you “fake” a clean house?