Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Start your Engines"

I really shouldn't be blogging, but I am sort of reving up for a really busy day. You know how you want a clean house when you have family coming over? What about Family, Family Friends, and In-laws?

That's right, my mother-in-law called and said she had this Saturday off, could they come visit? Sure, why not, the more the merrier. (note- this makes about 24 people coming for lunch on Saturday) They don't have to rush back, so they will be spending the night. AAAHHHH! I wasn't going to stress, but that many people, I need to have a clean house. This isn't for Oren's birthday party. This is my parents coming to bring Rheanna and Samuel to the party and bringing the other kids and having lunch. Then family friends heard they were coming down, who haven't seen my folks for 2 years, and I invited them over for lunch. So they won't be there all afternoon, just a couple hours of socalizing. And then my mother-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law have the day off and want to jet over and see the kids. Oren's "party", invited people, are only a couple kids.

But, that's still a lot of people over the course of a day.

Now, for some reason, if I look at the whole house, and think, "It needs cleaned", I stress out really bad. I freak, it's too much to look at. Some people break it down by room, and that works. That can even be too much for me. I need lists. I break the house down by room, and then detail a list of chores for each room. That way I can say "I have 20 minutes, not enough to clean the dining room, but enough to tackle the fish tank." Then I can check something off the list. With a list, I breathe easier. Odd, but it works.

So, I 'm off to clean. Wish me luck!


Calista said...

Wow. Good luck on the house cleaning! I do the same thing. If we have company coming over then I am hyper-critical of the way the house looks and I flog everyone to help me get it clean until it meets standard :)

Stephanie said...

Good luck! And please know that I will not be at all critical of any uncleanness in your house. Because mine (except for the kitchen) is pretty bad! We're coming to see you guys, and not the house! But yeah, I totally understand the stress of wanting it to look nice for the in-laws - yikes!