Faking a clean house.  It sounds ridiculous, but when you get word that last minute guests will be dropping by your apartment in mere minutes, you don’t have time to do a thorough clean.  Luckily, Real Simple has your back with tips on making it look like you keep your place neat and tidy.
In the living room, keep one side of the couch cushions designated as
for guests only.  When people are on their way, put that side up to show
perfect fabric.  When they leave, flip it back.  Make stacks of
magazines, books and other ephemera look neat by putting them in neat
piles on the floor or table, or place them in a decorative basket. 
Stain on the couch?  Hide it with a blanket or throw pillows.
Filthy kitchen plus a full dishwasher and sink?  Put your dirty dishes
in a stockpot for the time being.  Take all the notes, drawings and
magnets off the fridge and put them in a plastic bag you can sort
through later.  Also, make sure to fold hand towels to hide stains by
either hanging them clean side out on the oven handle or rolling them
and stack them next to the sink. Now it’s time for the scariest
room in the house:  the bathroom.  Keep your bathroom from making
guests scream by running a lint roller over the bathmat to pick up hair,
placing a bathrobe over the wet towels hanging on the back of the door,
and hanging clean guest towels.  Finally, light a candle and wait for
your guests to arrive!  Real Simple has tips for the other rooms of your
house, but really, why not just close the door?