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January 05, 2008

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Angela

There are always a few closed doors in my house. I wouldn't stress it. Especially if the rest of the house is pristine. Seriously you have to keep it real and sometimes a messy/exploded room or two is how you keep it real.

Llama Momma

In my vast experience with messiness, you are perfectly normal. Those shocked folks? They're faking it and secretly just grateful you didn't open the door to their messy spot.

If you wait until it's all picked up to entertain, you'll never have anyone over. And that's no fun!! Party on, woman!

Ann

I think it comes with motherhood. A few shut off rooms is the way to go. You can't control it! I am hoping my next home has a big basement ala playroom. My living room right now looks like Kindercare. ug. And don't even get me started on the laundry hec-tis-ity that has taken over the upper floor.

Chi Chi

Come on over to my house anytime and you will feel all better. No worries!!! Love ya.

Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama

I wouldn't worry about it...a lot of "organizing tips" type sites will tell you to lock the mess in a room until the party is over. And it being the holidays on top of that...

I think you're good to go.

Chrissy Witt

OK, I am impressed that you were able to have people into your house!! I would have had to shut off the house and taken us all to a restaurant!! Those who were shocked, I am thinking, they were relieved, to see that you are normal!!
PS I have heard of people that hided their laundry or other messies in their tub and close the shower curtains so no one will see!! Now that I know this, I peek in the showers, just to make myself feel better about my messy home!!

The Eastsider

Come to my house. Wait, mine is so bad, I don't allow people over. Take for instance the dining room. Isn't a dining room a place to eat that includes a table and chairs. Mine, you can eat while working out on a treadmil. If you can find the treadmil behind boxes of crap-o-la. Christmas Eve my Mom came and she had to help fold a mountain of clean laundry that was sitting on the guest bed so she could go to bed. That is bad. Your house is in pristine shape. I would not worry. ;)

Lisa P in California

My in-laws are coming to stay for 1 night in February and I'm already attacking the guest room/office with a vengence. If I don't start now, it won't be clean enough for them to walk into/stay. That should make you feel better. Once you have children, people just can't expect the entire house to be clean. That wouldn't be fair. Even if you do get most of the rooms clean, the little munchkins are right behind you waiting to mess it all up. Cut yourself some slack. You got the main rooms clean and that is impressive!

Jocelyn

You need to serve more liquor.

Then you can act as though they hallucinated the whole thing.

"What seven-foot-high pile of laundry, Mom? Did you have one too many mimosas, by any chance?"

three dog lady

It is what it is. The messier the better is what I say! It conveys activity and life!!

TZ

I have one of those houses...actually, I bet worse! I walk by our 'just dump it in there room' and cringe and now, i've promised my oldest his own room by the end of the month so I HAVE TO start going in there, it's scary!

New Diva on the Blog

You are not alone in off limit rooms during parties. Just remember to lock them next time and put the key where only you and the King know where it is. Works like a charm, usually. ;)

Misty Dawn

Heh, those rooms sound much better than my entire house right now! Since we are remodeling, my motto is "Why clean it up, when it's just going to get tore apart and messy again?"

Holly

I say the most important part is that you opened up your home to your friends and family and didn't avoid entertaining because of a couple of messy rooms. Kudos to you!

Christie

I say if they are brave enough to open a closed door, let the sight of the mess be their own punishment. You had the "open" parts of the house clean. That's all that matters. I think having a brunch is impressive enough.

lisa@take90west

You are not alone! My room is always off limits during parties, and usually locked too!
I firmly believe everyone needs at least one dumping zone.

Pearl

You are definitely NOT alone! And here's how I feel about it, sweet pea...

My door is always open. I believe that's the way the Lord would want me to have it... thus I do. But, if folks want to come to my house, they take my house *and* ME as they find us. I bend over backwards to make people feel at home... their comfort is my only concern.

So, I just figure that if they come to my house, they are coming to my house because they want to... because they need to... because me and my house have something to offer them. Whether that be food, fellowship, shelter, a shoulder to cry on, or whatever the case may be.

But...if they don't like the way my house looks... or the way I look... then they can always rethink their decision to come over the next time and opt out, if they so choose.

So, with that said, if your company wishes... after visiting your house this past New Years Day... to go to a different house on New Years Day 2009, then by all means they are able to do that. And I would bid them well.

You were gracious in having an open door to those who wished to visit. If they weren't comfortable, they can always go through a different open door next time. But you did nothing wrong... in fact, I think you were very gracious and kind.

Just my .02

Love and God bless~ Pearl

Pearl

You are definitely NOT alone! And here's how I feel about it, sweet pea...

My door is always open. I believe that's the way the Lord would want me to have it... thus I do. But, if folks want to come to my house, they take my house *and* ME as they find us. I bend over backwards to make people feel at home... their comfort is my only concern.

So, I just figure that if they come to my house, they are coming to my house because they want to... because they need to... because me and my house have something to offer them. Whether that be food, fellowship, shelter, a shoulder to cry on, or whatever the case may be.

But...if they don't like the way my house looks... or the way I look... then they can always rethink their decision to come over the next time and opt out, if they so choose.

So, with that said, if your company wishes... after visiting your house this past New Years Day... to go to a different house on New Years Day 2009, then by all means they are able to do that. And I would bid them well.

You were gracious in having an open door to those who wished to visit. If they weren't comfortable, they can always go through a different open door next time. But you did nothing wrong... in fact, I think you were very gracious and kind.

Just my .02

Love and God bless~ Pearl

invisible neighbor

What do you mean by messy. I thought the house was pristine. You are too hard on yourself. Besides lets talk about the brunch. Now there was a thing of beauty. Martha Stewart herself would have been put to shame. You go girl! Shine where you can.

Just Seeking

Of course it's okay to entertain with a not-totally-perfect house! how ridiculous for us to put that kind of pressure on (I'm saying this emphatically to remind myself of the same thing). It is not your job to be perfect. Who do you want to resemble? a stepford wife? You should feel proud of yourself that the rest of the house was nice, that the food, wine and conversation was flowing. Enjoy, enjoy! life's too short to sweat the small stuff!

Just Seeking

Of course it's okay to entertain with a not-totally-perfect house! how ridiculous for us to put that kind of pressure on (I'm saying this emphatically to remind myself of the same thing). It is not your job to be perfect. Who do you want to resemble? a stepford wife? You should feel proud of yourself that the rest of the house was nice, that the food, wine and conversation was flowing. Enjoy, enjoy! life's too short to sweat the small stuff!

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