Here are a few tips regarding house cleaning that I've found useful over the years and thought I'd share them with you:
Layers of dirty film on windows and screens provide a helpful
filter against harmful and aging rays from the sun. Call it an SPF factor of 15 and leave it alone.
Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades reduce the
glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If someone points out that the light fixtures need dusting, simply look confused and exclaim "What? And spoil the mood?"
Explain the mound of pet hair brushed up against the
doorways by claiming you are collecting it there to use for stuffing hand sewn play animals for underprivileged children.
If unexpected company is coming, pile everything unsightly
into one room and close the door. As you show your guests through your tidy home, rattle the door knob vigorously, fake a growl and say "I'd love you to see our Den, but Fluffy hates to be disturbed and the shots are SO expensive."
If dusting is REALLY out of control, simply place a showy
urn on the coffee table and insist that "This is where Grandma wanted us to scatter her ashes."
Don't bother repainting. Simply scribble lightly over a dirty
wall with an assortment of crayons and try to muster a glint of tears as you say "Jr did this the week before that unspeakable accident and I haven't had the heart to clean it."
Mix one-quarter cup pine-scented household cleaner
with four cups of water in a spray bottle. Mist the air lightly. Leave dampened rags in conspicuous locations. Develop an exhausted look, throw yourself on the couch and sigh "I clean and I clean and I still don't get anywhere."
Stack of laundry: become a constitutionalist! Everyone
knows how hard we fought for the "freedom of the press".
Remember, belief, all by itself, is a very powerful force.
-Gator McNeal in French Quarter Vendetta
Live Long and Prosper...