For all those who are cleaning madly in preparation for holiday festivities, allow me to share with you my wisdom:
1. Do not clean for a party. Sweep, don't mop,and only vacuum lightly if you need to. Only one person will be able to appreciate the clean house, then when the first group of people arrive they'll start trashing the place anyway. I go to parties and I never notice if it's clean, and you KNOW how critical and judgmental I am.
2. I just found this out - do not clean before you go on vacation. Sure, it's nice to come back to a clean house, but it's even nicer to have a good sleep before you leave.
3. I can't wait to get sick this winter, because if there is ever a time I have an urge to clean is if I am sick. I just can't be sick in a messy house. And now that I'm relaxing my standards, I might want to try it.