Kids. Housework. Errands. Now company?

Amy - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Does anyone ever feel over- whelmed when relatives/friends/husband's co-workers announce they are stopping by for a visit in a day or two, when the house is at it's usual state (in need of a dusting/vacuuming) and your nails are a mess and you have nothing clean to wear (that fits) and the kids are hungry, there is nothing adequate to serve guests (who wants to cook extra?) and the dog is a pain when people are over, etc.... Meanwhile, your husband is working and you don't have a moment to spare to prepare for company.

Can anyone relate? Any advice? Am I the only one who has to have the house scrubbed down when company arrives? Who else feels comfortable cooking for husband's co-workers? Anyone? Bueller?!

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Amy - posted on 05/19/2009

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Well, I would just leave out the paint brushes and supplies and act like you are still remodeling in July. There would be a reason for the mess ;-)
Seriously, no, I would not want to trade places with you. I would be way stressed out if they were making a rare visit from Europe. THose people really know how to host/entertain and I couldn't even hope to find a place to start! I would be talking the hubby into renting a couple of cabins next to a beach somewhere and catering in! ($$$ yikes to that idea too!)

Barbara - posted on 05/17/2009

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Oh no you are definately not alone! There are days when I don't even want to come into my house its such a mess but as Karen posted take this one step at a time and don't sweat the small stuff (especially the dust on the baseboards)



Here's my dilema- we have relatives from Italy coming mid July and Hubby wants to re-do the bathroom, update the kitchen,paint the LR, DR and playroom and guess- just guess who will be doing all of this????? That's right- little 'ol me with 2 kids ages 2 1/2 and 4. Anyone want to trade places????



Barbara

Amy - posted on 05/12/2009

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Too, too funny Susan! I am posting the CHAOS disease on my fridge! Yeah!!! I am not the only one! Maybe my husband will believe that it isn't just me! Thank you!!

Susan - posted on 05/12/2009

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Oh no, you are NOT alone. I suffer from that dread disease "CHAOS (Can't have anyone over Syndrome)" so named by Flylady. I try and try,, but my house seems to create more and more stuff to have to deal with. Of course, our boy isn't into helping at 12...he doesn't seem to think cleanliness is important unless he is going with friends!

Amy - posted on 05/11/2009

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Thanks much :-) I probably need to relax more and worry less about the dust on the baseboards!

Karen - posted on 05/11/2009

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Things can get pretty overwhelming sometimes when you're the one doing literally everything. Take a breath and step back. Focus on what really is important. You'll see that all the rest is just small stuff. If you need to, put your kids in a mothers day out program in order to get things done. The first time I was left alone with my babies I was scared to death, but quickly figured out that I could handle it and that it's just part of life. Like I said, take a step back and focus on what's truly important. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish! Good luck!

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