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RealSimple.com: How to Fake a Clean House

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The Living Room

When you’re short on time, here's how to give your living spaces the illusion of cleanliness. - By Kathleen Squires

Reserve one side of sofa cushions to be shown to guests. Before company arrives, flip over the cushions to reveal good-as-new fabric. When guests are gone, flip them back.

Rid the sofa of pet hair by wetting the fingertips of rubber gloves and gliding your hand over the sofa. The hair will stick to the rubber. Stack books, catalogs, and magazines in neat piles on the floor or arrange them in a deep decorative basket.

To disguise windows in need of washing, pull curtain panels closed.

Fold a clean blanket neatly and drape it over a stained sofa. Strategically placed throw pillows can also camouflage soiled upholstery.

(Photo: Tim Evan Cook)
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