The first wave of Holiday Hosting begins this weekend. My cousin is arriving on Friday, and my brother and his boyfriend are coming for a visit on Saturday evening. I am looking forward to seeing all of them. Of course, the only downside to this is that I have to clean the house, or at least straighten it up enough so that it won’t be featured in an episode of “Hoarders.”
This year, our cleaning chores are complicated by the fact that our two-family home is undergoing some serious renovations. We are in the process of moving from the upstairs apartment to the larger downstairs apartment, and are renovating a few rooms, in particular the kitchen. In fact, at the moment, our main kitchen is completely gutted while we await the installation of new cabinets and appliances. (That’s where the visit from the cousin comes in – Thank you Billy!) Fingers-crossed, the kitchen will be completely functional by the time Christmas arrives.
While I am as excited as a little girl on Christmas morning (really) at the prospect of a new kitchen, the constant cloud of dust from the ongoing work makes cleaning a challenge. Thankfully, our house guests are family, and won’t be performing any “white-glove” tests while they’re here!