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11 Must-Have Items to Fake a Clean House

by Erin Dower

We've all been there: A friend just called to say she's swinging by, and you only have 15 minutes to transform your "lived-in house" (read: disaster zone) into something presentable. You scramble to get things in order, but it's all too overwhelming, and you end up frazzled and stressed, and with a messy house to boot. Never fear. These handy items will bring your home to order in minutes, so you're ready for any surprise visitor.

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Baskets


They're a pretty way to store everything from mail and magazines to toys and tools. Labeling baskets with hanging tags — with either family members' names or the types of items they contain — can help you stay organized.

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