Monday, November 02, 2009

Keeping My Trenches Clean is Futile

When you plan on having company over to your house, what's the first thing you feel like you have to do beforehand?

For many of us, I'm sure the answer is CLEAN.

Why the hell do we do this?

Company = more bodies = more foot traffic = more dirt

Company= more food = more stains = more dishes = more garbage

Company = more bathroom utilization = yucko toilets

Company = more children = more chaos = more toys strewn about

Which all leads to an even messier house when everyone leaves!

Do I sound like a totally antisocial wench?

I'm really not.


In fact, I love having people over.  I love getting together with friends.  I love entertaining.  Hubby and I both do.

But I hate that I spend hours and hours cleaning before company arrives, only to have to start all over again (and then some) the next day!

This drives me crazy.  And it's totally frustrating.

Yet God forbid anyone come over and my Trenches are filthy.  I would never be able to live with that. *shudder*

So I continue to clean Before.  And then clean again After.  *sigh*

This weekend's Merry Messmakers


Classy Fab Sarah said...

You summed it up perfectly.

I LOVE having people over, but I hate cleaning up after they leave. Maybe we should just rent a hotel room and all hang out there and then leave? That might be weird.

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

I am sure Doreen had a ton of cleaning to do after we all left too... hope you had a nice night though!

Pollyanna said...

I a paper plate & plastic cup type of hostess myself. And there are various levels of clean in my book. There is clean enough for people who come over fairly regularly. Then, family clean. And the cleanest is for very infrequent visitors, strangers, people stopping by for the first time.

Last year we had a Super Bowl party in which several neighbors were coming over for the first time, and my girlfriend (who gets the lowest level of clean) said, "Wow, it's company clean." Only a best friend can say that and not get booted out.

Anonymous said...

You clean your house so that people won't judge you on how messy your house is. At least, that's why I clean :-)

Petunia Face said...

Thank god someone else wonders about this very strange phenomenon. I cleaned my house on Saturday for a Halloween party for 3 year olds. Yeah.

Ashley said...

Happy Halloween and yes...I do the same exact thing. I did finally stop mopping the floors before company. I gave up that one thing and it's been for the best. Now I just mop when they leave.

Manic Mommy said...

Yep. We had the neighborhood over on Halloween night. Grownups in the kitchen making a mess; kids in the rest of the house making a mess. And of course I spent hours cleaning prior to...

Jen said...

You know, I have realized this fact so I don't clean before. Well, I pick up and stuff but I save to big guns until after.

Kathy B! said...

That is a very merry-looking bunch 'o mess makers! Was it worth it?!

Mags said...

I swear it takes me at least 5 days to re-claim/clean our household after a party. We entertain often...and I always say I'm done! My partying ways are not DONE yet however. :)

Maureen said...

Agreed! For me it's also the putting-away of dishes etc... it's one thing to clean another to get it all back the way it was! Ugh!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

So true! After our company left on Saturday, I caught myself thinking..."how'd did my house get sooo dirty? I just cleaned it!"

Anonymous said...

I go into crazy cleaning mode when people are coming over too. I'm a neat freak by nature and take pride in keeping my house clean. So if someone came over and found something dirty, I think I would just die. *calling therapist now*

Rita Templeton said...

Yep, that's so me! In fact (*looks around in shame*) ... if my doorbell rings and my house is cluttered and chaotic-looking, I'll pretend I'm not home.

Now that's antisocial!


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