January 25, 2006

What Was I Thinking?

The Boy's Kindergarten class has a monthly potluck. In the fall we had them at the park, which was lovely. Now it tends to be cold and is definitely dark, so I volunteered my house. Why? Temporary insanity. We have a smallish house, but I don't mind having a lot of people crowding into it. Still we have the potential for 17 kids plus their families and the teacher. Yikes.

To further complicate matters, the potluck is Friday night, which means I don't have a weekend day to clean the house and I won't have any husbandly back-up to help with all the cleaning and stuff. Especially, because my husband is working like mad most of this week. To further complicate matters, there is another party, for an attorney friend that my husband has to go to and I would like to go to on Friday evening.

So can I get the house ready for guests all by myself? Where do you all start when presented with the task of housecleaning for a party? And if I can get it all done in time, would it be madness to leave home for the hour before our potluck to go to another party elsewhere? It would keep the kidlets from messing my house up.


One benefit of a two-story home--only the downstairs need look its best! Plus, with 17 odd kids running around, who will notice dust?

Posted by: Meredith at January 25, 2006 03:48 PM

I think this cleaning before people come is overrated, not to speak of foolish.

After you have 17 kids in the house is the time to clean. :)

Posted by: Janis at January 25, 2006 05:14 PM

I've finally stopped obsessing about having a perfectly organized linen closet when people come over - they shouldn't be looking in there anyway!

Any surface between knees and the top of my head in the "public" rooms is decluttered and dusted. If you can *see* the top of the frig, you're welcome to dust it! Any unsightly stacks of things that can't be dealt with in less than ten minutes are moved to an out-of-sight spot - in my case, the office/sewing room, which people are told they may enter only on pain of death. Coasters are put everywhere. By necessity coats need to be put on my bed: the bedroom is straightened, but I only put on the (dim - ish) bedside lamp for light, making the dust difficult to see. The kitchen and bathroom get a more thorough going over - counters cleared as much as possible, personal items put away. The bath gets a second, quick brush up ten minutes before people are due to arrive.

If the people from school generally run a little late, feel free to go to the other party. My only fear would be an early arrival being left out in the cold.

Posted by: Diane at January 26, 2006 07:31 AM

You are a very brave soul! Maybe it's because I haven't guests over in so long due to things being torn up here, but just the thought of people coming over is enough to put me into a fetal position. Hubs does have his Friday night gang over, but it's just a bunch of guys. One of our friends asked me last week if he could bring his wife and baby and I told him, sure, but I worried that the place wasn't clean enough for a little one. Lol, he told me, "That's ok, we don't protect her from dirt."

Anyway, just do the best you can and enjoy the evening. Maybe you and your hubby can have a one hour cleaning frenzy tonight and clean the bathroom and deal with any possible clutter. Then hopefully tomorrow, you'll just have some basic cleaning and sweeping to do.

Posted by: Twilightmama at January 26, 2006 11:46 AM

Practically speaking, the more people you have in the house, the better chance you have that they will think that someone other than you and yours made whatever mess they stumble over. It even happens that sometimes they think they might have made the mess.


Like they say, age and experience beats youth and a bad haircut (though I think you already have plenty of experience and your hair is fine *grin*)

Posted by: Patricia at January 26, 2006 09:17 PM

The answers to my question are most helpful and humorous. Of course, what some of you fail to realize is that I invite guests over so that I will force myself to really clean the house. While I love a clean house, I'm not a good housekeeper, in general, and house guests are the thing most likely to motivate me.

Posted by: Jordana at January 26, 2006 09:53 PM

Probably it's incipient middle age, but I wonder if motivation might be over-rated ;-)

Posted by: Patricia at January 28, 2006 12:29 AM

So... how'd it go?

Posted by: Frazier at January 30, 2006 10:58 AM