Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?
It truly depends on how I feel physically and emotionally. I am not really a messy person. If I lived alone, the mess would be so very minimal, it wouldn't be worth writing home about; however, when you add other living things into the mix, then the story becomes a different one.
One bonus part of having company over is that it does boost me into going the extra mile and really giving the house that serious scrub down, the seriousness of the scrub down depends on the company itself. I have to confess that my mother generates the highest order of cleanliness, the type where I am on my hands and knees for days, cleaning things that no one would ever notice, all for my mother.
My sister and her family get the a lesser notch of cleanliness, just a notch downward because for them I focus on baking fun goodies; I do have a niece and a nephew after all and I love baking them little French treats.
Everyone else gets the white glove treatment but really it is more superficial, I don't go taking apart the stove or taking things out of cabinets and bookshelves, I make sure that everything is dusted, vacuumed, folded, put away and clean and neat. This house is very large so it does take quite a while.
When it is just the four of us, it comes down to the usual; picking up, putting away, laundry, dishes, beds, dusting, there is a lot to keeping a home clean and tidy.
I'm exhausted just writing about it.