I really like to have people over to my house for whatever reasons. I try to host something at least once a month, but often more than that. It might be something simple like book club or a small dinner or it might be something big, like a Holiday Party. I know many people who don't like to entertain. They think their house isn't big enough or not decorated nice enough or they can't cook or their house is perfect and they don't want anyone to mess it up. Well, my house is not huge, it certainly has not been decorated by a professional nor is it anywhere near perfect. And anyone who would turn their nose up to any of that is welcome to leave at any time. I can cook, but don't always do it. (Example, last night at book club, everything I had was bought at the store - desserts, dips, etc. I did put them out on pretty plates, though!)
You may be thinking I like to entertain just because I am social. That is part of it. But I will let you in on a little secret. Don't tell anyone. I entertain at my house because it FORCES ME TO CLEAN. There, I said it for the whole world to know. I hate to clean. I love a clean house. But often, as in the last few weeks since this event, I haven't cleaned. I've picked up a little here and there. I've loaded and unloaded the dishwasher. I've done laundry. But things were starting to clutter, crumbs were building up in the carpet and hiding out in the tile grout, not to mention the little splashes and spills lingering on the tile. And the toilet. Well, I won't even go there. There is nothing worse than a dirty bathroom!
I hosted book club last night so I cleaned. I vaccumed, dusted, cleaned the bathroom, mopped, cleaned up the clutter and threw out most of it. (Why do I even let it pile up? Am I really going to need that shit? Apparently not, because after it sits there for a while, it all goes in the trash, where it should have gone to start with!) Now my house is clean. And for the next few days, I will be motivated to keep it that way. I will enjoy every minute of walking into my house, into a room, that is clean, straightened and I can see the vacuum marks in the rug. And then the weekend will come, Spring Break will start, and all hell will break loose. I will be back where I started until I host another get together at my house. I better get that on the calendar right now so I can guarantee my house will get cleaned later this month...
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