AT Survey: What's Best to Say?

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Pet Peeve. When we visit friends'we often hear them apologize right off the bat as we enter, saying things like, "Please excuse the mess, etc, etc....". This always makes us feel awkward and we usually note one or both of the following:

1. If they hadn't said anything, we might not have noticed it as much and
2. It usually isn't as messy as they say.

So then we though the best thing to do is NEVER to introduce your home with an apology. Either keep quiet or just clean it up. BUT it's hard to say nothing, and you don't always get to pick up your place before people come over, so NOW we're wondering what's the best thing to do?

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.