I actually avoid having friends over due to the state of my house. I make dates to meet friends outside my home cause I don't want to clean it. I get anxious about it being clean enough if I do actually have people over.
I have some friends who clearly go to a lot of effort and some friends who make no cleaning efforts.
What do you do? Should I relax and say 'friends take me as I am, dirt, clutter and all'
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25-04-2012 20:18 #1
Do you clean before friends come to your house?
25-04-2012 20:22 #2
I do a tidy - sweep the floor, wipe the benches/coffee table down, pack up the toys that aren't currently being played with (which usually makes DS want to get then out again!) and do a toilet check (to make sure DH hasn't disgraced it, and that there's toilet paper). Anything else is a bonus.
I'm talking about what I do if a friend/family member comes around, say, for a cuppa. If it was a big group o mums coming for morning tea I'd probably put a little more effort in, but whatever doesn't get done is too bad.
And I wouldn't/don't judge if I go to a nuns house and it's not spic n span
25-04-2012 20:25 #3-
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Yes, I don't have friends over for this reason am to anxious that my house wont be 'clean enough'
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25-04-2012 20:25 #4-
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Nope, but our house is always tidy so there is no need to.
I very, very rarely have friends over though, because of DFs odd shifts and sleep schedules.
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I used to do it...if I knew a friend was coming over the day before was housework day. Madness. Now I have the attitude of 'my house is generally always clean and tidy so there's no need to do any extra.' Really, their good friends, they come to visit me and for our kids to play together, there's no white glove inspection. I do double check the toilet because DD2 prefers to not flush and sometimes misses the bowl with her toilet paper too.
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25-04-2012 20:29 #6
Yes I try to have a quick tidy, usually it doesn't take long as I try to keep the house relatively tidy throughout the day. If I don't keep on top of tidiness, the house can quickly look like a pigsty!
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25-04-2012 20:30 #7
totally. today i put the unfolded washing heap on my bed out of sight when my uncle visited... unfortunately he asked to see around the new house so he saw the pile anyway lol. and didn't care, of course, but i was embarrassed.
25-04-2012 20:30 #8
My house is always presentable so people can just drop in and I don't feel mortified. It does look lived in though so there might be a few dishes in the sink etc.
Sorry but I do judge messy grotty homes. I can't help it. It's seriously not that hard to keep it tidy and clean. I could not live in chaos.
25-04-2012 20:32 #9
I like to defur the place (ie couch) with those sticky tape roller things. My kitties love laying on the couch at night. I sweep and vacuum often it's just the fur that needs last minute attention.
25-04-2012 20:35 #10
I keep my house presentable 99% of the time but I do like to do a quick sweep and bathroom run over if I know people are coming over.
ETA: presentable to me doesn't mean spotless. It means that, while not always as tidy as I would like, it is clean to a reasonable (subjective) standard. I don't have the time, energy or inclination to do more than a daily tidy and spot clean, plus a weekly clean unless people are coming over or the boys have destroyed any hopes of stretching it out.
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