Dash and Stash

Okay, all you Martha-wanna-be’s out there, tell me the truth. There are times when your house is quite simply a mess, especially if you have children. For me, Sunday mornings are one of the worst. We invariably sleep too late and then have to rush around trying to get ready for church. Add to that the fact that one or both of my girls almost always have company over and you wind up with a sink full of dishes, towels laying on the bathroom floor and unmade beds. That’s on a good day.

My always sensitive to my plight husband loves to pick these moments to invite someone back to our home, thinking that everything looks “fine”. Embarrassment! I hate people seeing my house like that. It makes me feel like a horrid housekeeper, which let’s face it — I am. But, I don’t want people to know this because they’ve seen my house a mess. This means that I wind up having to run around like a crazy person stashing items here, there and everywhere, which means even more closet decluttering later.

It is truly amazing how much “stuff” you can get rid of in fifteen short minutes if you throw all the kids’ stuff into their bedrooms and slam the door. In fact, this typically gets most of my house clean. Of course, their bedrooms are then messes, but I can always close the door to their bedrooms. Right?

So, my house might not be Martha-ready (or ready for company either), but it can quickly look Martha-ready. And just think. The company never even knew that I had two bedrooms with the kids belongings thrown here there and everywhere.

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Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.