Don’t let the title fool you! The kind of cleaning I am talking about does not benefit any of the myriad of organizations that help others; the kind of cleaning I am talking about is for me and those entering my home!
While I am not wild about cleaning any more than the average woman, the thought of having people over spurs an onslaught of cleaning frenzy. The regular stuff - toilets and sinks scrubbed, floors swept and mopped, carpets vacuumed and so on and so forth - is just not enough! I put on my “guests eyes” and tackle each room or area from that perspective.
It is not enough to dust the living room; I must now vacuum the couches, wash the throw pillows and balance the art work. Yes, having friends over means more than just everyday cleaning and planning the menu, it means updating the look of a room.
Now I don’t think my friends will think less of me if my house is not spotless. Goodness, if my friends expected that I would always just go to their homes! It’s just that I am inspired to look at things differently, to look at things with “guest eyes.” I don’t look at clutter in my friends homes, nor am I checking the corners for cobwebs; I am there to enjoy my time with them. That said, I want to enjoy my time with friends at my house too and I can be more relaxed if I know I went the extra mile. Just don’t put your white gloves on before you come over!
That new photo frame my daughter got me? Time to choose a picture, get it printed and slap it in! (Thankfully, she was way ahead of me and I came home to find it done! She rocks!)
It is time also to hang the new clock. The mirror that I love (apparently I am the only one that loves it!) comes down and up goes to new clock. Sounds simple, right? Yeah, I thought so too! Nope, the hanger the mirror was on is not right for the clock. I am thinking ‘just pull out the heavy duty nail that makes the clock hang as if it were about to leap off the wall and replace it with a smaller nail, screw, whatever’. Nope again. The heavy duty nail is in a stud and the stud is holding on to that nail for dear life. Dang! Ok, there is more than one way to skin a cat. (Whoever came up with that saying? Just too horrible to let the thought linger in my mind!) A couple of well placed whacks from the hammer and the mirror hanger is now ready for the clock. And a bit of energy has been expelled…phew! Well, the living room is ready and I am happy! Onto the kitchen!
The day after the gathering I am basking in the look of my “new” living room. I like the look! I should have friends over more often!
The Hopeful Romantic