When Grandma visits

By , November 17, 2009 5:03 am

Q: How do you prepare for a visit from Grandma?

A: By cleaning like a mad woman, of course!

Come on, it’s not every day you get to:

  • iron your place settings
  • discover shiny surfaces right there in your own home!
  • feel the tactile pleasure of cleaning each and every window blind
  • relive memories as you clean tiny little mementos on your knickknack shelf
  • vacuum every side of every cushion and pillow on the couch – I’ve confirmed – we do indeed, have a gray cat
  • scrub out Data’s litter box by hand – ha, not! gotcha

Truth be told, Steven and I are very neat and tidy (he is more than me, for all of those women who think men can’t be organized*), and we would be doing this type of deep cleaning for any holiday visitor, not just my grandma. It’s just so time consuming!

Do you do a deep clean before each guest arrives? Or do you leave your place “as is”?

We always clean quite a bit for guests, but extra for the holidays.

At least we got to do some fun things, like put up the holiday decorations and listen to music while we were cleaning.

Data loves the fake tree, but we’ve asked him to admire it from a distance. It has valuable Star Wars ornaments on it after all!

Data! I see you there!

You better be a good boy Data, or Santa won’t come!

Side Note: Don’t forget to enter my Homemade Holiday Sweets Giveaway!

I just found out yesterday that I won my first giveaway, EVER! Marcia, from Running Off at the Mouth is sending me a copy of The Runner’s Cookbook, a book I have had my eye on for a year! Thanks Marcia! Check out her blog if you’re looking for a new runner blogging friend!

*Or cook. He’s a wonderful chef. I’m blessed.

18 Responses to “When Grandma visits”

  1. lifestudent says:

    I cant believe you have holiday decorations up yet. But then again, I was listening to 93.9 last night … which has already gone all holiday music 🙂 I just couldnt resist…

  2. Mica says:

    Haha, I love your tree! (Star wars ornaments? Ha..I still haven’t seen those. Should be probably get on that…)
    Data is such a curious Christmas kitty!
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  3. I cant wait to put the tree up! Fiance is making making me wait until after Thanksgiving so the tree doesnt dry out before Christmas!

    I am incredibly neat, finance is NOT. So I do prefer that we clean like crazy before we have visitors! It drives me nuts when he invites people over before telling me, he could care less if the place is clean and free of dog hair!
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  4. Susan says:

    I cleaned my bathroom last time we had visitors come, and they didn’t even go upstairs! But just in case!
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  5. We were just talking about the fact that we are going to put Christmas lights up this year!!! (the first time ever for me since I left home!!) I think you might need to speak to Santa, it kinda looks like him and Data were making a pact.. lol!!!!
    You are very blessed- a wonderful husband and a cat who “listens”!!!
    =^..^=
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  6. sizzle says:

    If guests are staying for more than a night I will likely do a deep clean but for the most part I am pretty tidy so luckily it doesn’t take that much effort. I remember my Mom would go nuts cleaning before my Grandma would come stay with us.
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  7. Erin says:

    I always clean before people come over! I admit I to letting a lot of stuff slide so I use visitor as an excuse to really clean.

    I’m still debating on whether I’ll go to the effort of putting up a tree this year. I think one of my good friends has the same tree as you. She loves how easy it is to set up!
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  8. jamie says:

    I am so messy I have to clean before any guests come! Sometimes my home office doesn’t make the cleaning cut and I just shut the door 🙂

  9. Alice says:

    i have to have people over regularly just to ensure that i DO clean 😉
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  10. Oh man, we are obsessive guest cleaners. We are decent at keeping up with dishes and laundry and that stuff, but not good at weekly vacuuming and dusting…yep, I admitted it.
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  11. I had a friend stay over last weekend, and the hubs and i did a hard-core cleaning before our guest’s arrival. So that said, if you and Steven find yourselves in NY, you will have a clean place to stay : )

  12. Holly says:

    I need to get my tree up….stat!!

    I always deep clean before guests. I get super paranoid! I keep things pretty tidy (clutter-less…clutter drives me NUTS) but I’m bad about dusting and the like. Who wants to spend their time dusting, ya know??

  13. Lindsay says:

    I actually _have_ cleaned my cat’s litter boxes by hand before! Wasn’t fun…

    I can’t have a tree at all. My cats will jump up into it and/or knock all the ornaments down. And this is a fake tree at that! If I ever get a real tree, I can’t imagine what they’ll do then!

  14. caitlin says:

    i am so bad about this. i freak out when people come to visit and tear apart my house like a madwoman. i never had grandparents visit me (thank god) or im sure i wouldve gone OCD.

  15. sophia says:

    lol, when guests arrive…I pretty much throw everything into a closet and shut it. Maybe a quick wipe down the counter.

  16. Vicki says:

    Thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog!

    When guests come stay with us, we deep clean and then we act like a perfectly clean home is the norm for us. I’m pretty sure everyone knows that it’s an act though. 😉

  17. diane says:

    Ha ha, I’m laughing at Sophia and Jamie because I can totally relate. Even when I have company coming, I just hate. cleaning. SO MUCH. I try my best but the place is never very impressive.
    Please keep this in mind when you come to check on the kitty cats and don’t be offended or (more likely) horrified!

  18. Jenn says:

    Unless the house is already clean, for some crazy reason, we sort of deep clean. Nothing insane, but beyond just wiping the counters and vacuuming. I come from a family who can do basic cleaning before a guest, and be ok with people knowing we don’t live in a pristine house all the time, but Scott comes from a family who spends every waking second of the day cleaning their house, and would die before they let a guest see a speck of dust.
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