You may notice that I never refer to myself as a "housewife". There is a reason for that, I'm honest. I am a terrible housekeeper (just ask anyone who has ever been to my house). It goes beyond messy. I like to watch "Hoarders" because it makes me feel better about my housekeeping skills, or lack there of. I have a list of excuses the length of my arm for reasons that I "can't" clean. Some of them are really good, and the odd one is actually believable!
I hate that panicked feeling when someone calls to say that they are dropping over. It is at that point that I see the house the way it truly looks. Ordinarily I will look around and see it as "messy", I become immune to the actuality of it. The waves of dirty panic come over me when I "have" to clean. Cold sweat, dripping down my back, my eyes huge and crazed, oh it's not good. I begin frantically grabbing items and throwing them into my bedroom. God help the kids if they get in my way. By the time I am done my bedroom is more like a hazardous waste site, and opening the door comes at a risk. I begin pacing like a wild animal, trying to see the house the way others might see it. I then realize that I am playing a loosing game. As I am cleaning (well cleaning is not really the word I would use, it's more like re-distributing) I am coming up with my lists of reasons why the house looks like it does. I can get pretty creative.
I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent person (some might argue with me about this one). If every time you opened your front door you got hit in the face with a mallet, might you not start using your back door? Not me, every time I would be surprised that I got hit in face with the mallet. I make myself a promise that I will never be so humiliated again, I will be proactive and keep the house clean. I concoct elaborate plans as to how I will achieve that. I put more time into my elaborate plans than I do into the cleaning, and ...humiliation!
Do you think that a club exists for dirty pigs? If not, maybe I could put one together, I could plan meetings and make fancy badges, come up with a cool hand shake... all the while putting off doing my housework, yes this could work.