When The Family Comes Around

Living in a three bedroom house is like living in a giant Christmas present with a big, red bow — everyone wants to come stay with you! We're always more than happy to accommodate people. We enjoy entertaining, and it gives us a great sense of satisfaction when we can ship that person off the next day knowing we provided them with a fun and comfortable place to stay! When family comes, we start to feel a bit more nervous.My brother is coming to stay for the holiday weekend &mdash he's never been here before. None of my family has been to my home of two years and I'm frankly a little nervous. I feel an enormous amount of pressure to make sure that every single nook and cranny has been scrubbed and cleaned. Last night, I scrubbed the bathroom floor with Soft Scrub and a toothbrush (thanks to 4 Cleaners, 1 Success Story: Getting Tile Grout Clean).

I'm not sure if this is entirely because I really want the house to be spotless, or if it's anxiety about the fact that the first family member of mine is coming to my home that I've spent the last two years creating and making my own &mdash what will they think? Immediately after saying that out loud, I can't help but think I'm just crazy!

I want to view this trip and weekend as an amazingly wonderful opportunity, instead of wanting to rip my hair out because I know ahead of time I'm not going to get the place nearly as clean as I'd want. I'm trying to be more Breaking Bread then The Man Comes Around.

How do you handle the stress of when the family comes around?

(Image: How To: Make Guests Feel Welcome)

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