I had to laugh.....a friend dropped by and commented on how clean my house always is.
It's a ruse. I haven't run a vacuum cleaner or dusted in weeks and I can point out the cobwebs to prove it.
However, I do practice two "rules" that Grandma Priscilla taught me to make it seem as if I spend my days chasing dust bunnies and buffing the kitchen floor.
The first rule is that everything has a place and stays in its place. When I'm done with the scissors, I put them back; thankfully, I have a fully trained husband who follows this rule, too. We both would rather spend our time cuddling rather than searching for the scissors, so this practice works for both of us. It just makes life so much easier.
And the second rule is that I always make my bed in the morning and I do dishes at least once a day. With the bed made and dishes in the dish rack (even if more are waiting in the sink to be washed), it APPEARS as if I have my act together. Less than half an hour a day for the illusion of a clean house......can't beat that.