I did it yesterday as I was cleaning up and preparing for family that was coming over later that evening. This whole week has been a crazy blur, and I haven't had the time or the energy to clean up. So, what do I do when I know I'll have 12 people in my house? I clean the heck out of the downstairs, vacuuming, decluttering, dusting, and sweeping, and then I pile everything else upstairs, where I can get to it on Saturday.
So last night, after visiting the Carl Bloch exhibit, I invited my in laws over for cake and ice cream to celebrate my mother in law's birthday. Andrew's cousin Bexi, who I adore, was coming over as well and mentioned that she couldn't wait to see my house & how I've decorated it (she'd never been over before and seen it in it's clean glory). I told her that she can browse all she'd like downstairs, but upstairs was a disaster and off limits.
Well....apparently, my comment fell on deaf ears, because minutes after everyone came over, I heard footsteps upstairs. All I could think was OMG- someone is upstairs! As I ran up the stairs, I felt like I was in a movie scene, yelling, "Nooooo!" in a low, slow voice (you know how it sounds when it's in slow motion?) as I ran up there to try to divert them from the war zone they were stepping into, but it was too late. They saw what I had tried to hide. My secret mess. Evidence that I hadn't put anything away for weeks was spewed everywhere.
I stopped at the top of the stairs and assessed the situation. My options were few, but I knew what I had to do. Grin and bear it and embrace the situation. So, I gave them a tour of my upstairs, mess and all. Bexi, bless her heart, had followed my brother in law and his girlfriend upstairs when they came over (although I'm not sure why they headed upstairs the minute they arrived), and even though it was a mess, Bexi loved it and gave me the nicest compliments. She is one of those people who gives genuine, sweet comments and means them.
And so, now that I've shared my dirty secret, I'm pushing it a little bit further. I'm showing you exactly how it looked, as they saw it. Not a thing has been moved or shoved in a cupboard. This is my real life baby! And heaven knows, I've seen my share of blogs with houses that are spotless and organized, but let's be honest. Life isn't always spotless and organized!
Here is my living room, clean and lovely, as it should be, right?
Well, put on your hard hats ladies and gents...you're about to step into the danger zone!
Love how my cat is leading the way. He's your guide through the mess!
The hallway- notice the vacuum and mop bucket? See, I do have intentions of cleaning up! ;)
Just don't take too close of a look at the mop bucket. You'd see that most of the water that was in there has evaporated, as it's been there since last week.
Please tell me your counter top looks like this too...or are you one of those people who puts it all away and wipes the counter down after you get ready? If you are, we are now frenemies. j/k...sort of.
This is where the magic happens. Too bad I can't say "Abra Cadabra" and make the mess disappear!You know the song "Pants on the ground?" Well, I wrote one about pants on the wall. I hope it'll make me famous. You can read about the real reason for the pants on my wall here.
Dirty Office/Man Cave
I was going to put a black bar over Andrew's eyes, so you wouldn't recognize him and to protect him from any humiliation, but then again, the mess is his too...and so I left the black bar out.
And this is the messiest of them all! My craft room/upholstery room/sewing/fabric/stash it in there and close the door room.
So there you have it. Now it's time to share your space. Take a picture in your house as it is NOW and post it, then share the link in your comment. Try it- It's freeing! :)
Now if you'll excuse me. I need to clean up a bit. ;)