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The Lazy Girl's Guide To Cleaning Your House

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Your mother-in-law just called--she thought she'd surprise you with an unscheduled visit to catch up. How nice. You accept (as if you could say no), then panic because your house is a mess and you're supremely lazy about cleaning.

But fear not! Just crank up the Beyoncé and try these eight tricks.

Hide the clutter.
Grab a fancy department-store-quality bag and turn it into a makeshift receptacle for junk, catalogs, trinkets, etc. You're not throwing this stuff out--simply clearing surface area and stashing items out of sight to deal with later.

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Dust surfaces with a sock.
Why bother with a Swiffer when you can slip a sock on your hand and hit those dusty bookshelves at warp speed? (The same approach works on your floor with a socked foot.)

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Fluff the pillows.
The world's quickest way to make a living room feel fancier.

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Then stash dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
You'll run it later. But for now: hide those crusty cereal bowls.

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Spiff up your tub (and toilet) with a magic eraser.
Skip the scouring and simply run this miracle sponge over discolored white surfaces. Then wipe the whole thing down with a paper towel.

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Put out fresh towels.
Little known fact: Crisply folded towels do wonders to camouflage a less-than-pristine bathroom. Simply fold them like this and hide any used ones in the tub.

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Last but not least, dim the lights.
Because what your MIL can't see, won't hurt her.

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