The date is set on your calendar, you have already figured out what you're going to serve, your guests have confirmed that they are coming. Now you are faced with this confusing question:
I do my regular "big" cleaning on Friday. I will dust and vacuum the rugs (or my kids will) and sweep and mop the floors. This is my regular Friday routine and I will do this whether we are expecting company that weekend or not. I just like going into the weekend with a clean house.
If it's during the week and I hear that company is coming over I will do a quick clean. Not a huge cleaning, but just "company" cleaning. I will usually run the vacuum really quick to suck up all the dog hair and put clean guest towels in the bathrooms and make sure that the "public" areas are straightened and presentable. If guests wander off into the bedrooms or open a closet they deserve whatever falls on their head.
Even when we have company over, I still clean up the kitchen after dinner. I don't call that "cleaning after company" as I pretty much always clean up my kitchen after a meal.
I once had a guest say to me "You are the only person I know that cleans up their kitchen while people are still here" (she said she always waits until they leave) and I jokingly said to her "But this way, after you leave I'll be glad you came over instead of facing all those messy dishes and wishing you'd never come, lol!"
It certainly doesn't take long to put the food away and load the dishes in the dishwasher and run it, and I can visit with my friends while I do it. Many of my friends prefer to do their dishes immediately as well, although some have been known to stack them in the sink.
After the company leaves, we then go around and throw away any paper plates or paper cups (if we used them) that were left out while they were here, and return the chairs, pillows, etc. to their proper places if they were moved. But I don't dust or vacuum or anything like that. Just straightening things and tossing garbage.
So, I think I can say that I do a house preparation and clean BEFORE company and general quick pickup after they leave.
I was talking to a friend of mine and she does her "big" cleaning on Monday. She wants to recover from the weekend and from its company, she says. She mops the floors, dusts and vacuums and cleans the bathrooms. She tosses the garbage and straightens the pillows and "digs herself out" of the mess of entertaining.
She is doing a house recovery and cleans AFTER company.
So, now I am curious. And my curiosity leads me to ask yet another question.
Are YOU a "before" company prepper or an "after" company recoverer??? Please leave a comment and do tell!
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