I know Jenny can sing along with that wonderful clean up song, but if you can't, you should learn it. It's great for singing with children, and it even gives your husband a clue that he's expected to help too!
My parents will be here in just a few days! We can't wait for them to get here so we can show them around the city, and mostly so they can enjoy being Nana and Grandpy to Renae. Our only regret is that they aren't bringing the rest of my family with. (Although it would be tight quarters with 12 adults, and 4 kids here!)
So in preparation for their visit, I've been attempting to make this place neat as a pin. I do this for 2 reasons:
1. I have to DO something as I wait for them to get here! I can only do so much of my regular activities before my mind wanders again to our very first visitors coming to visit. When I'm excited about something, I like to do something that makes me feel like I'm helping the event come about. Even if there is nothing tangible that I can truly do yet, I usually find a way to DO something involving the upcoming event.
2. There is something about your MOTHER coming to visit that makes cleaning different than any other visit. It's not a chore to clean my house (although Jesse thinks it is) when my Mom is coming. I think it's a Mother/Daughter thing. Every daughter wants to show her mom what a great job she did at teaching the daughter to cook, clean and keep house. I am the youngest in my family, with three older brothers, so my chores growing up were the usual girl tasks. I was the one who helped my mom with cleaning when guests came over, and I helped with the hospitality aspect of visits too. My Mom is a GREAT hostess, and loves to have people in her home. She demonstrated to me what a house should look like when guests were on their way. (Which honestly, wasn't much different than what the house looked liked every day!)
So posts may be lacking a bit this week as I enjoy getting our piso ready for the parental units to arrive. Like most people, I feel relaxed when I know my house is REALLY clean when guests are over. And this upcoming visit gives me a good excuse to do a DEEP clean. I better get back to my list. But before I do, I have to leave you with the list of people that I think have really, really, really clean houses. ALL the time. Seriously.
1. Jenny K.
2. Julie (not me, my sister-in-law)
And my messiest friends:
1. Steph (she'll admit it)
2. Jess Starmer (I only lived with you for 5 weeks . . .)
3. Mandi . . . I'm debating whether to put you on this list. :) I don't think you're quite messy enough though. Sorry. You'll have to be added to the in between list like the rest of us.
Now I'd like to know, on a scale of 1-10, how clean of a house do you USUALLY have?
10-If you were to lift up my couch you would not find dust bunnies.
1-If you were to lift up my couch, you'd find crumpled up wrapping paper from last year's Christmas.
(Jenny and Julie-if you rate yourselves below a 7, I'm going to give you a verbal beat down.)