"How to Fake a Clean House"
Kathleen Squires, RealSimple.com
"When you’re short on time, here's how to give your living spaces the illusion of cleanliness.
"The 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...."
There's more about getting a guest-ready living room without developing OCD tendencies. Other rooms discussed are the kitchen, bathroom, home office, and the kid's and laundry room (not the same room).
It's one of those one-page-per-subtopic websites, so you'll get a fresh batch of advertisements with each room. Since the content wasn't at all hard to find on each page, the Lemming didn't mind. Your experience may vary.
The 'faking a clean house' advice seems to be mostly common sense. And, in the case of the home office, pretty good advice for any time. Seriously: shelving books so you can easily read titles on their spines? When the home office is in use - who needs books that can't be found without a book-by-book shelf search?
It's Mother's Day, and at one time it was customary to write some gushingly sentimental claptrap on the subject of Motherhood.
That's not gonna happen. Not in this blog.
However, the Lemming has a word for mothers who take on the challenge of raising kids: Kudos!
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