You just got a call that an agent wants to show your house in 20 minutes. The kids are off school today and you have been slacking on the housework. You are in no way, shape, or form ready to have someone see your house in its current state. And you can hear Susan Nealey's voice in your head screaming "NEVER REFUSE A SHOWING!!!!"
Soooooo....this is what you do!
Every kid runs up to his/her own room. Pulls the bedding up and fluffs the pillows. Buyers actually like to see that the kids tried to keep their rooms looking nice even if it's not perfect. Kick the toys, jammies and dirty underwear under the bed so no one trips when they come into the room. Remember what I said about no one ever looking under the bed.
Somebody runs to the bathroom! No, not to use it. Clean it--hang the towels nicely, use a piece of toilet paper to wipe the hair off the sink, shut the shower curtain, and shove eveything else in the clothes hamper.
Meantime, Mom can shove the video games in the TV cabinet, fluff pillows, and cram the newspapers under the couch cushions!
Everyone meet in the kitchen and toss all dishes that are on the counter in the dishwasher--dirty or clean!! It's faster than trying to put them away. Stick the pots and pans in the oven!
Kids (or anyone!) grab all extra clothing that is laying around and take it with you in the car. Go get in the car and wait for Mom!
Mom--just before you leave, calmly grab the 409 and run to the front door and spray it in the air. Just a few quick bursts. Trust me , it works every time and your feedback will be "Her house smelled so clean!"
Now leave! 20 minutes! BAM!!