How clean is my house?
December 29, 2006 2:59 PM Subscribe
Do you worry about how clean your home is when people visit? Do you notice imperfect cleaning at others' homes?
posted by TochterAusElysium to human relations (54 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
It's the time of year for parties and visiting friends; I love to have people come over, but I feel rather obsessive about the cleanliness of my house, and I wonder how many people actually look closely at that kind of thing. When you visit people, do you notice whether they've dusted? If there are lingering cat-box smells? If the white carpet isn't quite white? Or do you just enjoy being there and visiting?
Because I was raised by a borderline-OCD neatfreak mother, I don't always know to what degree I have the same issues - am I normal to worry about these things or should I just relax and enjoy the company of my friends? Before people visit, I always make sure to vacuum, do dishes, and pick up; I clean fairly thoroughly, but because it stresses me out wondering whether it's enough, I don't invite people as often as I'd like. My husband's mother is much less interested in cleaning (and her house can be pretty messy when we visit), so he sometimes says I worry too much.
I hope this won't be called out as chatfilter; I am hoping for some honest input and am phrasing this the best I can.