They choose forgiving decor
Some might call it deceiving, but we call it practical. When it comes to design elements and furniture, choose styles that are low maintenance. For example, kitchen tiles (or an entryway doormat) in a medium-toned pattern will conceal footprints and dirt better than tiles in a bright white marble. The same goes for glass coffee tables and mirrors, which will show fingerprints and cup rims as soon as you touch them. As for low-maintenance wood stains, look for colors on the middle of the spectrum; light stains will show dirt and dark stains will reflect dust. Here are more decorating mistakes that make your home look messy.
The keep pet hair in check
Start by regularly brushing and grooming your pet to keep his and her hair from getting out of control. If your pet is adaptable, look into buying a special throw blanket to place over her preferred resting spot. And while it might seem like overkill, consider matching your upholstery to your pet: white cat hair is much more obvious on a charcoal couch than on a lighter colored one.