How to Make it Look Like Your House is Always Clean When Your In-Laws Drop By For an Unexpected Visit.

It is inevitable.  They will come.  Unexpected. Unannounced.  You are woefully unprepared.  You have one hour. Maybe two if you are lucky.  The in-laws are coming, and you need to spiff up your house quick as lightning.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Closets are your friend. Stuff things in closets you know they won’t look in.
  • Kids are helpful. Use them. Bribe them with cash and candy.
  • Ask your friends to pray for you to keep your sense of humor
  • Swiffer Wet Jet is your friend.
  • Cram the dish washer as full as it will go
  • Hide your dirty laundry in both the washer and the dryer…yes, I have done this.
  • Order take out and put it in the dishes your Mother-in-law bought you for your wedding.
  • Pour bleach down your kitchen sink drain. Makes it smell like you’ve been cleaning everything.
  • Make sure your kitchen towel drawer is perfectly in order. Your Mother-In-Law will check.
  • Breathe. The worst thing that could happen is that they will have a worse opinion of you. You know you. You know you rock the world with your love, not your cleaning.
  • Give yourself a pat on the back.
  • Make the coffee.

…published this for Blissfully Domestic today.  🙂  Thanks, Caryn, for the Divine Inspiration.

6 thoughts on “How to Make it Look Like Your House is Always Clean When Your In-Laws Drop By For an Unexpected Visit.

  • September 16, 2008 at 11:33 pm
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    I knew there was a reason I liked you (lol). I have done a few of those things myself. Never thought about stuffing the washer and the dryer (lol). Honestly though I was very blessed….my mother in law and I got along better then she did with her own kids sometime. I miss her still today, the lady could shop like nobodys business and would probably have appreciated this list herself (lol).

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  • September 17, 2008 at 8:05 am
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    My mom once put her dirty dishes (the ones that wouldn’t fit in the dishwasher) in the stove.
    Then I came home from work & preheated the oven to cook something. I smelled burnt plastic & opened it up to find melted rubbermaid containers.
    It took hours to scrape it all off & then weeks to burn off the plastic smell. hahahaha

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  • September 17, 2008 at 9:50 am
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    thanks for the credit – I mostly use these ideas when the house is on the market – no fun. My mom in law lives next door so I have given up on the whole clean house thing. I, too, have put things in the oven — and then preheated 🙁 — really and more than once!

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  • September 17, 2008 at 1:55 pm
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    Even though I don’t have a mother-in-law, I think the laundry thing is BRILLIANT! I never would have thought of that! I also threw stuff in “tax record”/paperwork boxes and stacked them nicely in the basement. No one knew it was full of random stuff I needed to hide 🙂

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  • September 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm
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    fyi, if you are on a septic tank, don’t dump bleach down the drain. too much may kill the bacteria in the tank that “eats” all the stuff in there and keeps the tank going.

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  • September 18, 2008 at 9:03 pm
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    I prefer to take advantage of hampers. You can cram a lot into those babies! I also saw a “hint” once: if your hand towels are clean, the rest of the bathroom will appear clean. Just a few of my faves! 🙂

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