The weekly wine-down with Laura Collins
GREAT weather, feeling healthy and a week off netball were perfect excuses to get out of the house and catch up with some girlfriends over the weekend.
Recently, I organised for two of my friends to come over and get ready with me, before heading out for lunch.
Before they arrived to our lovely little house, though, I thought it would pay to do a bit of housework.
Unfortunately, with a busy week and not arriving home until late on most nights, it wasn’t until the morning of their visit that I finally got around to making my house look immaculate.
I jumped out of bed on Saturday, only hours before my friends were due to arrive, with a panicked/motivated feeling rushing over me.
Matt could sense my stress, offering his help, as we frantically cleaned everything – and when I say everything, I mean everything.
For example, I found myself moving large furniture to clean behind and under it.
Don’t ask me why I had decided to do this massive all-in clean only hours before people were arriving, especially when I keep my house generally tidy.
But, I did – I found myself madly vacuuming and wiping surfaces in rooms that I rarely even go into, let alone rooms that
my friends would be going in.
However, it seems that every single time someone announces they’re coming to visit, this desire to clean every part of the
house from top to bottom comes over me.
By the time my friends arrived, we had dusted, mopped, wiped, done several loads of washing and tidied everything in between.
My friends said how lovely our home looked, and congratulated us for being home-owners.
They were right about the ‘lovely’ part, because we had just spent two hours rushing around like crazy people to make it
look that way.
We, of course, didn’t admit that, though, and just laughed it off and accepted the praise, acting like having a spotless home
is just the norm for us.
I now have massive respect for those people who do regularly clean their homes from top to bottom, meaning they’re not
forced to rush around cleaning silly things – like the top of the curtain rail – before visitors arrive.
Until next week, keep your glasses full.