That being said, one of the biggest stresses can be the preparations–especially the cleaning. It’s not that cleaning in itself is stressful; it’s that I tend to leave too much to be done the day of/night before the event.
Probably the best thing I ever did to relieve this stress was decide that clean enough is good enough.
Here’s what “clean enough” looks like for me, in order of importance.
Quick and Easy Cleaning for Company
1.) Target only the areas where people will be hanging out.
Maybe this is a no-brainer, but sometimes when I get going, I start a cleaning frenzy where I’m tidying bedrooms and scrubbing toilets that no one will see.
Which is great if there’s time for that. Hubs would be ecstatic if our bathroom counters weren’t almost permanently covered in gunk.
But if peeps are coming over in a couple hours, it’s probably better for me to reign it in and focus my energies on only what’s going to be visible.
2.) Focus on the Floors
I’ve always felt that if my floors are clean, the rest of the house looks cleaner.
Even if it’s not. Anyone else?
3.) General Tidying Up
My mom always said “a neat mess is a good mess.” Oxymoron aside, the of restraining the mess in containers/baskets/cabinets/closets is a practice I regularly adopt.
Stuff doesn’t have to be perfectly organized or even all put away, just contained enough that it doesn’t impede walking, sitting, or eating.
4.) De-clutter Counters
Basically, find a home for the homeless stuff covering the counters.
5.) Clean the Glass & Mirrors
Cleaning glass has become almost enjoyable since I started cleaning with Norwex cloths.
Beyond a fun time, though, clean glass just makes a room look more sparkly. And you can’t go wrong with sparkly.
6.) Candles Cover a Multitude of Sins
Don’t they? They’re basically magical.
7.) Don’t Stress Over Getting it Perfect
Pre-kids, my house was consistently in pretty great shape. My current season of life is a bit different.
Now, I have two little ones, two volatile cats, a husband doing grad school after work, meals to prepare, and a household to keep functioning.
Call me grungy, but I often don’t get to #5. And I haven’t heard anyone complaining about my less-than-sparkly glass. Yet.
If I waited for my house to be in perfect shape to host anything, I’d be waiting a good while. Better to invite people into the imperfection and have a good time doing it.
How much cleaning do you do in preparation for guests?
Photo by: Jesse Gardner