As a kid, I hated hearing "Hurry Up. Company's Coming." We all had to run around and clean up glasses, newspapers, toys and books. We all rushed around trying to make our house look like it was always neat and tidy. As a kid, I swore I wouldn't do this to my kids. I would be able to keep it so clean that we could always have people over at the last minute.
Fast forward to tonight.
I had a sitter coming. A babysitting co-op mommy. For the past two weeks, my house has been out of control due to a laundry room project, pregnancy scare and new love of reading blogs. Every day it is getting better but a sitter coming really helped motivate me.
As we were busy cleaning, my little boy said "Mommy, do we clean so that the sitter thinks we aren't messy?" Ouch. "Yes, we are pretending that our family room always looks like this."
Why do we do this to ourselves? We should all admit that our houses aren't always clean. Dishes aren't always put in the dishwasher. Kids leave toys out. I leave magazines all over the place. Our lives are busy. We are doing the best we can. We aren't perfect.
I can write this but I know I can't stop cleaning for company. Do you always clean up for company? Why? Why not? If your house is always clean, please don't share it with the rest of us. We are feeling bad enough already.
The Open Road
4 years ago