Entertain Regularly To Keep Your House Tidy

It might seem counterintuitive that frequently entertaining would keep your house tidy—after all guests do tend to make a mess. The secret is in the pre-entertaining motivation for a presentable home.

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Reader Jesuswhammy shared the following tip which closely echoes a conversation my wife and I had but a few weeks ago:

I decided recently that it's nice to invite people over to the house every couple of weeks. My wife (and somewhat me, too) has to have the house picture perfect anytime we have special guests over. By inviting someone over for dinner or another couple over for a movie forces us to go into cleaning mode.

Whenever we don't have anyone over for a while, we let the house go. This helps keep us accountable. Obviously, not everyone cares about how their living conditions are perceived by their guests, but for people who are, this is a great way to force yourself to do some "spring cleaning" on a pretty regular basis.

It's all too easy to get comfortable with your own mess—big or small!—and begin to ignore it. Most people don't want to be known as "Those nice people with the post-apocalyptic nightmare of a house..." so the pressure of having a presentable home for entertaining helps to keep things orderly. Looking for tips on entertaining cheaply to keep the good times rolling and the house guest-ready? Make sure to check out articles in our entertaining and #cleaning sections, especially gems like how to fake a clean house—for those times you get too excited and invite people over before you do the cleaning!

Have a tip or trick to share for keeping a tidy house? Let's hear about it in the comments.

Entertain Regularly to Keep Your House Tidy [via #tips]


    Nice idea...although after a few visits from the guests they will no longer be special and your attitude will change to a more relaxed one. If you have enough people like I do (every 2nd night at least) you end up just giving up and keeping it as tidy as possible.

    How shallow have we become as a society?

    When you go to visit someone, it's usually to go spend time with them, and to enjoy their company - or share of each others lives: Not to inspect and grade the others house.

    A clean house can be nicer to come home to and to facilitate order - but the end goal should not be to impress friends and/or family.

    I did the 'get house clean by entertaining' whilst hosting a committee. Intense(and Clean)experience. Now I just stop by the local drug store and rearrange their greeting cards or magazines. Extremely gratifying and I don't even notice the trash in the palace when I return home. Works4me. Also, when spontaneous entertainment looms, keep the doors closed & lights out in unused rooms. One can always claim 'we're remodeling'. What methods do the experts use?

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