Company’s Coming….

I am, admittedly, a bit of a neat freak. What I’m not very fussed on is the actual cleaning. Particularly mopping and  toilets.

A few days ago, the Hubs asked if it would be ok if we invited one of his co-workers and family over for a barbecue this weekend. I agreed, as we haven’t entertained in a while.

Then I remembered.

The state of the house.

We’ve only been home from our extended holiday since Sunday afternoon. Happily, I’m unpacked, but the copious amounts of laundry combined with the kidlings being home meant that my house was in full post-holiday state – frankly, a mess, since I haven’t done anything BUT laundry. It wasn’t just clutter, it was an “every surface needs to be deep cleaned” mess.

My friend Nadine asked “is it dirty by other people’s reasonable standards, or is it just dirty by yours?”  She claims that I have an overdeveloped sense of what I consider “a mess” – my mess is most people’s clean.


Needless to say, I spent most of this beautiful day scrubbing. Toilets. Showers. Countertops and cabinet surfaces.

Dusting. Vacuuming. Tidying.

I have a headache from the bleach fumes (and take no responsibility for typos right now. )

Normally, the Hubs rolls his eyes at my panicked cleaning. Today there was no comment, and when he decided that it was time to “pull the weeds”, I knew I was screwed.

The sad thing? My kitchen was clean for about 10 minutes. Then I had to prepare dinner. (I KNEW I should have made everyone eat Cheerios. Or eat out.)

I also forbid ANYONE from using the downstairs powder room for anything except a quick wee. That’s not obsessive, it’s just being practical, isn’t it?

Isn’t it?


  1. And if you want to keep in practice when you are home in the states I will gladly lend you my swiffer.

  2. It’s completely reasonable, I would’ve made them pee somewhere else… and eat out… and remove their shoes in the vicinity of the house!

  3. You dust? What do you dust? I have always wondered about that. My feather duster is just for cobwebs!
    Yeah…given the state of my house I would probably have to hire a team to get it ready for company.

    • Hell, woman, you should see this house! I dust DUST! we have fields on three sides of the house, and it can be windy (and no screens). Seriously, I dusted Saturday, and all my flat surfaces are covered in dust.

      As for the cobwebs, I Hoover them up…..what I don’t dust, that is…

  4. Oh. Well that would explain that I guess….The no screens thing drives me CRAZY. I bet we have some dust but I am probably unable to see it for the laundry hanging off of every surface!

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