Sunday, September 30, 2012

Social Cleaning

Honest to Pete, if it weren't for company, my house would rarely get picked up, or cleaned, or decorated.

My sissy-in-law is visiting us for a couple of days so I ran around like a whirling dervish, cleaning up piles of paper, laundry baskets of clothing, and various other sundries that were scattered about. Why, oh why, don't I just keep it straight all the time?

*Banging my head against the proverbial wall.
I hope I'm not the only one who lives like this.

I always seem to have something better to do than vacuum. Or mop. Or fold laundry. I feel like a failure as a woman saying this, but...I get no satisfaction from cleaning.

Don't get me wrong, I love when my house is clean and neat and orderly. It feels wonderful. I just don't like the process of getting it that way. I have friends who say they clean, clean, clean when they're upset or unhappy about something. It's a stress reliever for them.

Not me. 

I need to photograph something to relieve some stress. Or paint. Or knit.

But definitely not clean.


Thankfully, I like to have friends over. And family. That forces me to clean. I guess you could call me a "social cleaner". Hmmm...I think I just coined a new phrase.

Social cleaner : someone who only cleans their house when company is a-comin'.

Are there any more "social cleaners" out there?

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