This is what our house would look like if no one lived in it. Chairs pushed in, nothing but a nice smelling candle on the table, a cleared off desk with just a notepad and pens, tape and a stapler ready for you to take notes, wing-back chairs sitting all tidy and inviting you to come rest a bit ...
And this is reality. Yes, those are toys on the mantle. And in front of the fireplace. Yes we live in Florida so no, we don't light the fireplace often! And there's dishes in the sink, mostly sippy cups and bottles from last night and this morning. Then the 'playroom' complete with slide and swings and the toys the kids dumped in the last 20 minutes... and two of the culprits minus their shirts because it's not as cool out as I was expecting and I'd pulled out long sleeves. No worries, they're not cold!
It's not that I don't like a clean house (though, admit it, the first photos look like a museum and there NEEDS to be SOMETHING out, how boring!!). It simply isn't "real" to expect that the kitchen, family room, and playroom are going to be pristine when there are four little monkeys running around the house being little destroyers... Maybe clean is the wrong word here. Because everything IS clean. Just not always picked up. For long. If the kids are home. :)
So tell me, what parts of your house MUST stay picked up and tidy, and which ones do you let your kids go wild in? Does your company expect to find an empty sink and sparkling windows? Mine have spit on the bottom 6" of them. Emma LIKES windows... Do you feel like you have to apologize for the way your house looks or are you proud of it? I like to think I'm over the pride of a pristine home and I just invite people in. If they wait for it to be 'ready' then we might not ever get there. I'm curious what other people think :)