I’ll Always Clean Before Inviting You Over


“Your house is so clean!” visitors often tell me.

They’re not wrong. When company is on the calendar, the cleaning gloves come ON. I’ll corral the random crap. I’ll vacuum and dust. I’ll scour the downstairs bathroom and clean the kitchen. I won’t do these things because I have to; I’ll do them because I want to out of respect for our guest and our home.

I want visitors to be able to walk inside our front door without having to watch their step. I want them to feel free to relax on a toy-free couch or use the bathroom without getting grossed out. Our guests won’t ask for these simple accommodations. They’d never demand or even expect them, but I’ll always take the time to clean for company.

I hope you didn’t clean for me!” guests will sometimes say, but the truth is, my house needed the scrubbing. [read more…]


  1. I’m the same way, Lori. I clean like crazy before company. Just before they enter it looks like my house could go on the market and it doesn’t always look like that. Like you, if I didn’t it would also distract me from focusing on that family member or friend.

    I have so many emails and posts to catch up on but glad I signed in today and glad to read a post of yours. Hope you are well.

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