Company's Coming and the House is a Mess...What to Do?


Now that we have a baby, housekeeping has gone the way of the dinosaurs. I'm sitting in a pile of laundry that badly needs ironing and I just noticed the couch has drool on it. From the baby or dog I do not know. Never fear, though...there are always ways to cheat the system! This is from the lovely Real Simple magazine (one of my favs).

Living Room:

  • 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.
Check out here for tips on other rooms.

{Photo from
Real Simple}


Cynthia said...

These are fabulous ideas, thanks Lex!

Jessica said...

Oh I'm sure your home is still as stylish as ever! Although anyone and everyone would understand, in either case! :)

Kat said...

first off, i agree with jessica above- anyone that comes to the house with a baby under 3 months (shoot, one year really!) should NEVER expect a clean house. thats just ricockulous. seconod- those tips are awesome, and a few i already use. but my tip is that i only have company over after my cleaning lady leaves, cause thats the only time my house is ever clean.... ;)

Alexa said...

Thanks Jess, and Kat have you met Matt? The man is a crazy cleaner. Me...not so much, so I generally have to fake it. If he's around though, you can bet the house will be clean, even with a baby! Ha.