The Key to an Always-Tidy House: An Open Door Policy

The Key to an Always-Tidy House: An Open Door Policy

Regina Yunghans
Dec 12, 2013
(Image credit: Nicole Crowder)

You may have seen a version of a cartoon that states with exasperation, "I get most of my housecleaning done in the ten minutes before visitors arrive". Wah wah waaahhh. But is this true?

It is for me. Whether it's party-hosting or awaiting an electrician's appointment, I am invariably rushing to sweep, wash, or dust right up until visitors arrive.

I don't think I'll ever get over this habit, but do you know the best way I've found to stay on top of keeping the house clean? Having visitors often. Keep an open door policy. This isn't going to automatically clean your house, but it changes your frame of mind. No longer do you say, "I couldn't possibly have anyone over with this mess" but simply, "Give me a few minutes to tidy up". The general state of things is acceptably clean if someone were to stop by unannounced, and just a little prep time is needed for planned get-togethers.

What do you think? Does keeping an open door policy in your home help you keep things tidier on a day-to-day basis? The holidays are a perfect time to practice, with plenty of excuses for having company over.

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