have u been so far behind on the house work that you don't want anyone to visit?

@vegegirl (828)
Australia
August 23, 2008 1:42am CST
Have u ever been so overwhelmed with your housework that it has got out of hand and you keep trying to think of creative excuses to stop people visiting without hurting their feelings? If so what are some good excuses?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
23 Aug 08
Oh yes, when I get onto Mylot I can't be bothered with housework and when I used to be involved in my craft work and some of them were very messy I hated when people came, i like to have my place perfect when i have visitors...
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
23 Aug 08
Thanks lilaclady Yes I do get onto myLot and suddenly it is time for bed and the housework is still pile up!
@kyellis (105)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes, Yes, Yes. Good excuses: I'm catching a cold so not feeling well and don't want to spread the germs. I'm in the middle of painting and the fumes are terrible and I'm full of paint. I have to get it finished, can't stop half way through. I'm just on my way out, I have a million errands to run today. Personally, I don't really love doing housework. Nor do I feel you have to be a spotless housekeeper to be a good person. I have to play games with myself to get it done. Things I do: 1. I make a list every morning, so I can cross things off as I get them done. This seems to make me at least feel as though I am accomplishing something each day. 2. I do one thing in each room so the house is never completely a mess. Like I'll make the bed in the bedroom, then clean the tub in the bathroom, then put a load of laundry in, then dust the living room, then do the kitchen dishes and so on. I may only make it around once, but it makes a big difference if you can do it every day. 3. When I can't make myself do the work even with the first two tricks, I bribe myself. If I accomplish a task, I give myself a reward of letting myself do anything I want for a half hour and then I have to do another chore. Is this too sad. Well maybe, but it's better than never getting anything done, I suppose.
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
26 Aug 08
Yes lol, I just told them that my house was messy and I didn't want them to visit. I guess it works on friends :). Not if you have someone important coming over! Then give it a super quick clean :D
@i12read (57)
• United States
25 Aug 08
All the time, lol! We have 5 kids in our house (Only 4 are ours.), all of them old enough to help (7yo to 22yo), but none of them do it willingly. When I had surgery, I was unable to do any housework for several weeks, and it became quite obvious that they weren't doing it. I now have limited mobility and strength in my arms and can't do as much, so we had to get tough with them and make them help. A year later, our house is almost back in shape. I never expect it to look like a magazine cover, at least not while the kids still live at home, but I do expect it to be livable. I tell people that our house is a mess right now, and leave it at that. You could say that the housework grows in warmer temperatures (It does seem to, lol!), that you are conducting an experiment to test the correlation between messiness and stress levels, or you could do the old stand-by and keep some get well soon cards on display.
• United States
25 Aug 08
We will get into renovation projects and they seem to drag on forever sometimes. Even if we are only working in one room, the mess spills over into others, so it can be tought to have guests. Our good friends understand though, so they aren't offended if we say the house is too messy; sometimes they still come over!
@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
24 Aug 08
Yes l have done everything to get the place in order .. but l don't succeed .l know what it is like ...the housework is always there... crazydaisy