We had 28 people over Saturday for a pot luck dinner. It was a great evening. We hung out with friends. People brought us food. We cleaned the house beforehand.
I wish that we could maintain a spotless house just for the sake of cleanliness, but we don't. We usually only clean when there is the the threat of public censure or a written warning from the health board. Don't misunderstand. We're not pigs. I do make a point of washing and changing the sheets weekly. I'm ruthless when it comes to purging clutter. But I seldom vacuum or sweep more than once a week and with a dog, a cat, two boys AND homeschooling, it needs doing more often. There is also a direct correlation between the cleanliness of my house and the quality of audiobook I have on the ipod.
When I do clean, I want to make sure that the house not only looks clean, but smells clean. It's all about public relations, as far as I'm concerned. So I buy the most pungent smelling products I can find, ie Pinesol. Lately, however, not even the smell of Pinesol can mask the olfactory proof that an old (but beloved) dog lives here. But you know what does a pretty good job of masking the smell? Those Febreze Luminaires. I've mocked them for years, but it turns out they do a pretty good job. Except for one called Agave Waterfall. Don't buy Agave Waterfall. It smells like a truck stop bathroom -- and that is WAAAAAAAAAY worse than old dog stink. But the Green Tea shade is nice. The pomegranate-mango is so pretty I want to lick it. But I won't.
We won't be having anyone over to the house for the next six to eight weeks. We're doing some renovations. Hmm...I'm not sure if renovations is the right phrase. It sounds far too grand for what we're doing. Basically we're fixing up the basement. We're tearing down half the walls and the ceiling in the basement, putting up new walls in a different configuration to accommodate a shower stall downstairs. Again this sounds more grand than it really is, because half of the walls are just cedar panelling nailed over studs with no drywall underneath. Back in the seventies, some previous owner got a really good deal, on a lot of cedar panelling.
This is step one. Step two will be fixing the leaking bathtub surround in the main bath. This is a job that we said would be our number one DIY priority when we bought the house. In 2002. We're pacing ourselves.