If you’re like me, then about half an hour before any house guests arrive you frantically run through the living and dining room, sweep any evidence of actually living in your apartment off of your surfaces, and jam all that crap into the nearest drawer/cabinet/closet to create the appearance of cleanliness. I would literally sweep clutter under a rug, if I could! Unfortunately, it would probably look lumpy under my flat-weave carpets.
While I feel like it’s working — because it does look clean; my guests say so! — the wind was taken out of my sail a little when I recently spoke with organizing and lifestyle expert Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet. It turns out, my method is absolutely the worst way to clean before company comes over. Marrero even has a name for my kind of people: stashers.