Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mama's Comin To Visit


I just got home from Utah and my house is a mess.

Two kittens have filled the litter box to capacity, strewn their kibble across the floor, and shredded every roll of toilet paper they could get their claws on!

The pantry and refrigerator are bare.

My plants are dead in their pots.

Does this happen to you? A special house guest is on the way and suddenly you realize your windows are dirty, the tile grout has taken on a yellow tinge, and your carpets could do with a serious steam clean.

My mom won't care - she knows what my life is like, but you could eat off her floors any given day (and that's impressive considering she has 7 cats), so I'd better get going! I figure a vase of flowers in the guest room might distract her from noticing the mound of laundry in the next room.

What do you try to do to shape up your place for cherished visitors?

15 comments:

Dru said...

I put food in my refrigerator and cupboards.

tonya kappes said...

I clean and put towels in their room. I even put fresh soap in the bathroom for them:)

Bookwoman said...

I buy plenty of wine!

Sheila Connolly said...

Is there a psychological term for the ability to not see mess and dirt? It's like, once you've put something down, you notice it for a day or two, and then it becomes part of the background.

Until visitors loom. Then suddenly the switch flips and you see everything in living color--and panic.

Our solution is to shove everything into bags, boxes, broken laundry baskets, whatever, and hide them. If after a year or so we haven't looked for the missing items, then I guess we don't need them.

Who ever wanted to eat off a floor anyway?

mary kennedy said...

A big glass of chilled white wine is good. Dark chocolate is also good! (for the guest and good for the host )

Linda C said...

clean what I can, flowers from the yard if they are blooming, chocolate, wine

Rural View said...

Complete panic! :D

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

Our house is perpetually messy. I mean really, really messy. I love Mr. Wendy, but he leaves his socks everywhere (middle of the kitchen floor? really?).

I generally focus on making the house smell clean. A cinnamon stick and a few cloves in some simmering water in the kitchen. A cup of bleach in each of the toilets. A dryer sheet tucked inside the pillow cases.

All this creates the olfactory illusion of clean ...

Lover of Books said...

I clean and clean. I need to start today cause I have friends coming over on Sunday after church for lunch. I always try to bake something for dessert. :)
Krista

Heather Webber said...

I clean and clean, too. Can't help myself. LOL.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Clean if there's time. Gather and hide if there isn't. Scented candles in every room help. Except bathrooms - they have to get a fresh scrubbing or at least a touch up cleaning. And food - got to have lots of food.

Lindy said...

I make sure the bathroom and kitchen are spotless, and then do what I can with the rest. It's the warm and loving welcome and the time you give them while they are there that guests appreciate most.

Linda McDonald said...

I clean, light some scented candles, have some food/drinks available. And I once everyone arrives I don't worry about the things I didn't get done.

Vickie said...

Nothing like company coming over to put me in cleaning mode. Not a deeeeep clean, but at least dust under the tschochkes not just around them, clean the bathrooms, and swab the decks. Make sure the sheets on the guest bed are clean. Get the favorite foods and beers in the fridge...books out....

hatfieldtiffany75 said...

Isn't it funny, people never come to your house the day after you just cleaned your hiney off and worked so hard cleaning baseboards and walls.

Don't get me wrong I love to have company but it never fails. I get a phone call, "You home, we're coming over". I hang up the phone and put myself into overdrive cleaning. LOL

I am knew to this site but felt compelled to post on this. I am sure you had a nice visit. I look forward to reading your blogs and reading your mysteries.

Tiffany H