Parent Confessions: My House is Not Neat. EVER! But I Fake It By …

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No matter how clean and organized your home is before you have children, once kids enter the picture, everything changes. Parenting is exhausting. During the quiet moments, the last thing you want to do is scrub a toilet or dust the blinds. In fact, I don't even know if we have any cleaning products for dusting in the house right now! Don't get me wrong, I wish my house were clean. I wish I could get it together enough to have walls without spot, windows without fingerprints on them, and floors that aren't strewn with toys. Yet, during this time in my life, it just isn't going to happen.

Three kids into this parenting job, I have finally reached a place where I feel semi-OK about not having a spotless house. My boys are 6, 4, and 2, so they don't care if the sinks have been wiped down after they have brushed their teeth. As long as we read them a story and wait in their rooms for them to fall asleep, nothing else in the world matters. So the dust sits for another day, and the laundry remains piled up in the hallway.

When I am expecting guests, I usually do the mad cleaning dash through the downstairs. It's amazing just how easy you can “fake” a clean house by clearing off your kitchen counters, running the vacuum over carpets, quickly wiping down the bathroom, and lighting a few candles. It turns out, my husband and I are not the only parents that are good at giving the appearance of having a clean house. My friends and family shared with me their secrets to faking a clean house.

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Quick Hiding Spots

“Clothes hidden in closets and random counter stuff hidden in cabinets.” — Shaun Covielle McGahey

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The Stuffed Closet

“Closets that should be locked shut because an avalanche will happen if they are opened.” — Renee Alumbaugh.

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Storage Ottoman

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“Storage ottoman in our living room to dump all the toys in should we have incoming guests.” — Jayne Heinrich

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Hiding In the Shower

“My mom always had a hoard room and shower. Before a guest would come over, she would shove EVERYTHING that didn't have a place or was dirty (clothes, toys, etc.) into one room and in her shower in her bathroom. Once the guest left, she would bring everything out again.” — Caitlyn Michelle Smith

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Make It Your Job

“I sell Norwex cleaning products and totally am housekeeping challenged!” — Lucinda Irvine Avis

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Crap Baskets

“Crap baskets. Lots of baskets throughout the house to just throw stuff (toys, blankets, etc.) in them. Works like a charm.” — Heather Drake Sydorwicz

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Enter At Your Own Risk

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“There's a small closet leading to my attic. No one should open that ever!” — Jamie Davis Smith

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Disappearing Act

“When I was a single dad, I used to hide my dishes in the stove or the cupboard when I had people over. It was pretty gross but the fastest way to make them disappear. If my mom stopped by, I would leave them. I knew she couldn't stand to see dirty dishes and would clean them.” — Jeremy Collision

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Rule To Live By

“My mom always told everyone who visited our house since we were young, ‘If you want to come over and visit, you are always welcome. BUT if you want to come over to see my house, you have to make an appointment.” I live by that rule. But secretly, I usually put my dirty dishes in the oven when I don't have time to do them.” — Melissa Meserve

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Parent Confessions: My House is Not Neat. EVER! But I Fake It By …

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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