Sometimes I think that one of the most gracious things that house party guests can do is be a bit late ;-) I've had tons of those OMG it's party time and these 6 things aren't finished moments.
I'm also a salt/savory person... At a chocolate convention I homed straight in to the lone chips-n-dips table for samples!
It turned out well, even if it started comparatively late.
OMG, that's got to be hysterical
Except for the salt/savory thing, you and I are kindred spirits; that's what doors are for, indeed!
as i tell mama, i came to see YOU, not worry about the house. i'm sure your friends are the same way. :)
They are, but the motivation keeps my house livable.
They have all been gathered, towed to the office at the end of the hall, unceremoniously dumped there, and the door closed upon them. That's what doors are for, after all.
Exactly. And eventually you'll hate the clutter in that room and deal with it, but in the meantime there is enough to do.
I'm a savory person too. When people offer me jam for my toast I think "ick, no, just simmer down some tomato puree with a bit of basil and make a paste from that like Real People do".
I'm not quite that averse to sweet, I just tend not to remember to buy it.
I'm giving in, and despite being a stay at home mom, I am having someone come over once a week to vacuum and mop. It just never ENDS.
I don't mind the vacuuming, but I wish I could get someone to come and mop. Unfortunately, I tried an agency years ago, and they sent a series of people who were (A) scared of cats or (B) couldn't come anymore because they'd been arrested. We have 18 cats, so (A) was actually worse than (B).
When I could afford that, I did.
Dan's been up to his elbows in OT, and it is rather cheap here. Especially since I want just the floors done, nothing else. It's the same price as taking Ted for an hour, except it would take 4 hours of Tedcare for me to do what she can do in one hour. So it comes out ahead. (I cannot do ANYTHING with him around, of that magnitude.) It's kind of like when I was first offered respite care for him, I hated it, resented it, and felt like a failure. Now, I just do what has to be done.
Respite care is an essential. I'm glad you use it for the excellent tool that it is.
I'm exactly where you are today. Peter and Susan Straub are visiting us for the first time, and I've managed to get the house somewhat clean, but I was sick most of the week and my vacuum broke last night. It's one of those "they'll just have to love us enough to see it this way" situations.
We had a good time, which is what counts.
One of the things that Ferrett and I regularly joke about is that we have friends over because it makes us clean house.
It's part of what I miss about having couchsurfers; very little was better cleaning motivation for me.
Heh - our weekly Rogue Trader game is what keeps our place vaguely tidy, too. :)
Yes, hosting a weekly board games afternoon/night has helped encourage my wife and I to keep the house relatively tidy, even if it starts mostly clean on Sunday, then degenerates through the week.
Sean's is every two weeks, but yeah, that's when things get spiffed up. Funny, too, because I'm not at all sure geek guys notice such things much. I just do it because it makes a dandy excuse.
I'm guessing that you & Ferrett have the same type of friends that we do. Meaning, the house doesn't have to be spotless, you can lounge about in "comfy clothes", and they'd probably either offer to or just bring something over.
Yup. But part of that is not abusing it.
Your party-cleaning skills are great! There is definitely an art to hiding the piles of debris; one of these days I should take a before and after photo of the house when we hold any party...
Your house looked perfectly presentable to me! :-)
Thank you! I am relieved that I camouflaged the mess so well!