While people are at my house I DO attempt to maintain, but I don’t major clean. The vacuum may get pulled out of there is a spill, but the daily mess can wait for another day. Because of the amount of sand brought in each day, we do sweep the kitchen and entry way every morning to start with a clean slate. Each time I visit the rest room I do a little spiffing up and that seems to keep things “clean enough”.
When overnight guests leave I try to tidy up as soon as possible, even though the motivation is gone I make myself “just do it”, so we can all adjust to “normal” life again. I’ve never regretted being prompt in tidying up but I have been caught wishing I hadn’t procrastinated.
Want a few more tips for overnight guests? I purpose to have their beds made and waiting when they arrive so they feel anticipated. We will also make a welcome sign to raise the excitement, and have on special occasions we’ve laid mints or a gift on the bed.
Our play room doubles as our guest room. It provides some privacy with a door and its own bathroom. Under the sink I have a basket full of all the necessities that our guests may have forgotten: toothpaste, deodorant, comb, mouthwash, toothbrush, hairdryer,…you get the idea. Clean towels, wash clothes, extra shampoo and soap are left out so there is no feeling uncomfortable wondering what is available. Along the lines of privacy we try to keep our children upstairs until everyone is up I the morning. We also announce our entrance if we have to walk through the basement when company is down there.
Conclusion of hospitality article tomorrow.