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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Having Company over and Cleaning up

No I'm not talking about having your company over to help you clean up like a cleaning party, how one might have a painting party.  I'm talking about cleaning before company comes over.  The getting ready, tidying up, last minute vacuuming and dusting.
There's nothing more motivating for me to really give my house a good cleaning than having a houseful of people on their way over.  And that's usually the way it works... company is coming the next day, or the same day, and I look around and notice papers on the counter, crumbs on the floor, toys all over the living room, laundry in the bathroom.... the usual chaos.
My home is lived in... by 2 adults and 3 young kids ages 5 and under, it is no way a model home.  It's comfortable and laid back... and sometimes messy, cluttered, and disorderly.  Of course I try to keep it neat and clean and organized on a daily basis, but that doesn't stop the mess from piling up.  So I've found myself up late many a night, or rushing around minutes before guests arrive, trying to get my house put back together... only to have my little monsters ahem, lovely children terrorize re-arrange everything again the very next day.

How do you get ready for company... last-minute cleaning or what you see is what you get?


NorCalMom said...

I have often stayed up late picking up clutter, dishes, trash, toys, etc...and cleaning everything while the kids were asleep. However once they woke up it was like a tornado went through the entire house. I think it only took 10 minutes to undo everything I did.

For the most part I grab an empty laundry basket and fill it with the items out of place. I wipe off counters to remove as much sticky stuff as possible and if time allows vacuum.

My house is lived in and comfortable. It will never be a model home and I am okay with that. The kids (now teens) are comfortable bringing their friends over and I do not stress out, too muh, when the doorbell rings.

Anonymous said...

I hate having a messy house when company comes over. It drives me crazy when guests drop by unexpected too. Then I'm looking around trying to make sure there's nothing too embarrassing for them to see.

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