What Happens Before the Guests Come


I am running amok around my house, furiously trying to get it clean.

Actually it is already clean. It is better than clean, it is pristine!! But then I open a cabinet and see why. And then I purge. Oh the purging. My mind is on a one track panic fueled mission. Get rid of all the things, because if you have no things, things don’t get dirty. (Yeah, it makes sense) Hoarders is on TV and I need to get this house to better than perfect. “What does it matter?” you ask.

Family is Coming. And I have to get moving!!


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It happens every single time someone comes for an extended stay. I am too embarrassed to show people how we really live (Clean, but lived in) and deep clean everything. Usually I have a method. When my sister came: I cleared the house and the animals of all fur, (that lasted for about 2.3567 seconds.) When my dad came: I deep cleaned the carpets and floors. Now my Mother in Law is coming, this time it’s the closets and the junk that we don’t use. I shouldn’t really worry, she is nice, and to be honest, I doubt she cares what our cabinets look like. Besides I will just put my lover cat in her lap, and all she will have to do is look into his adorable almond shaped eyes and be under his spell for the rest of the time.

We aren’t dirty people. I clean all the time. But my mind isn’t responding to logic, I have to hide my knitter hoarding, I have to purge, I have to CLEAN!!!


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Really, I just want people to feel comfortable in my house. I don’t want them feeling like they can’t squeeze in and make the space theirs for a little while. I don’t want them to feel like they have to crawl over something, or get swallowed in pet hair. (I’m looking at you cat) I want them to be at peace. I want them to enjoy our place.

So, until tomorrow, I will be furiously cleaning, then practicing my zen to find the calm. If no one hears from me, I am probably lost in my basement. Look for me in the Christmas decorations. I may have gotten tangled with the lights.



Published by BrandieKnits

I am a reader of many beautiful things, a fantastic knitter and a lover of wine. I love writing stories. I am a daydreamer and very neurotic, but my husband married me anyway. Bless that man. Really, I am just a girl who finally figured out what she wants in life.

6 thoughts on “What Happens Before the Guests Come

  1. Brandie-

    I laughed so loud at this!! Haha !! You are a really good writer- and you say things that I think of but don’t k ow how to put in words! “I’m looking at you cat”
    Live and Hugs and give Cathy an extra one for me!! Kent

  2. That is a “stitch”! Fifty cents if you get Cathy to relax w/a glass of wine. We’ve tried…………

    Us that have the “lived in look” share your thoughts and love the video insertions!

    I always wanted to make one of those picture frames of used corks. Why waste any part of the wine, eh!

    Hope the visit is going well!

    ~Debi (wish I had time to read more – enjoy your writing – alas, staining of the deck is sucking the life and time right out of me!)

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