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What are you embarrassed by?

Poll Results: What embarrasses you when you have a visitor?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% (3)
    More than one or two toys out of place
  • 6% (109)
    Toys everywhere
  • 0% (14)
    A few papers or books on surfaces
  • 8% (148)
    Piles of paper or books on surfaces
  • 2% (49)
    More than one dirty coffee cup
  • 9% (155)
    More than one meal of dirty dishes
  • 9% (159)
    More than one day of dirty dishes
  • 2% (44)
    Clean, cluttered benches
  • 5% (92)
    Unwiped benches
  • 10% (170)
    Benches with dried on old food
  • 11% (195)
    Dirty clothes scattered
  • 3% (56)
    Clean clothes (in baskets or wherever)
  • 8% (138)
    Messy bathroom
  • 9% (154)
    Slightly dirty bathroom
  • 10% (174)
    Really dirty bathroom
1660 Total Votes  
post #1 of 56
Thread Starter 
What sort of mess are you embarrassed to have others see? Others include friends, family, emergency services.

In answering the poll, if you are bothered by a single coffee cup, or a single toy select that and the worse options as well.

ETA cool question inspired by Limabean - you have one minute warning, what do you do?
post #2 of 56
Dirty bathroom. That's the first thing I'll rush to clean if I have an unexpected visitor (as in, "Excuse me, I'll be right back", go to the bathroom as if I need to pee, then do a super fast wipedown of the toilet/sink/counter).
post #3 of 56
Thread Starter 
My one minute warning task would be dishes in the dishwasher and the rest in a sink of water as if I had been washing them.
post #4 of 56
Your poll wasn't up when I posted. I've voted now - since I could choose multiple, I chose both dirty bathroom options, more-than-day-old dishes (that happens alot around here!), and dried-on food on benches (here that's chairs and table).
post #5 of 56
it seems I am embarrassed by most of this and it can take less than a day for my house to end up pretty messy/dirty. So if it's on the messy side my one minute scramble is to hide any clothes, stacks of papers and dirty dishes, clear and wipe the counters, sweep the kitchen floor (no guarantee it makes it into the garbage) and wipe bathroom surfaces. Whew!
post #6 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nmbutts View Post
it seems I am embarrassed by most of this and it can take less than a day for my house to end up pretty messy/dirty. So if it's on the messy side my one minute scramble is to hide any clothes, stacks of papers and dirty dishes, clear and wipe the counters, sweep the kitchen floor (no guarantee it makes it into the garbage) and wipe bathroom surfaces. Whew!


cheater! that's so much more than a minute's worth of work!
post #7 of 56
Dirty bathroom. If I had one minute warning, that's what I'd run to clean.
post #8 of 56
Dirty bathroom and unwashed dishes are the worst. I don't worry about having everything *perfect*, since people understand that's not realistic with two small kids.
post #9 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delicateflower View Post
ETA cool question inspired by Limabean - you have one minute warning, what do you do?
Can I pretend I'm not home??

post #10 of 56
My bathroom and kitchen must be clean for someone to come visit. It's a long drive for anyone to visit us, so I always know if they are coming at least an hour in advance Plenty of time to clean the whole house, if I choose.

I don't care about (clean) kids clutter around the house. Most of my friends have young children also, so I doubt they would judge me based on toys and children's artwork laying around.
post #11 of 56
If I have a short short time before someone arrives, I clean the downstairs bathroom, make sure the guest has space on the couch to sit and also clear off the kitchen table.
post #12 of 56
My 1 minute rescue would be the kitchen, b/c I stay on top of the b'rooms so they're never really messy. The kitchen, now...1 minute would just be time to maybe clear/wipe a surface. I would prolly focus on the highchair, which is disgusting 90% of the time. But I do clean it before putting Bubs in it!

Huh, luckily I don't often have visitors.
post #13 of 56
First off, if someone gave me a one minute warning they were coming over, well, they could get over how dirty my house is
But for sake of the question, i would clean up dirty dishes around the house as best i could and dh would wipe the counters in the kitchen.

If i had ten minutes, i would vacuum and throw toys upstairs and clear off the paper (studying) mess that is all over my living room.
post #14 of 56
I'm more embarrassed by dirt than mess, so dirty dishes, crumbs on the floor, yucky bathroom, dirty dishes would be my main issues. I'd be kind of mortified if people saw those types of messes.

The "clean" mess (like toys, papers, clean laundry, unmade beds) bothers me much less. I'd probably apologize but not agonize over these.
post #15 of 56
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post #16 of 56
Having lots of dirty dishes. My kitchen is small with almost no counterspace, so if it's covered over in dishes . . . ugh. With a 1 minute warning I would condense them as best I could, put big items in the oven and make sure at least one half of the sink was clear because it looks better that way.

I'm also really bad about wiping down the table, counter, sink, etc. and forgetting the stove, OR the stove is still too hot but I never get back to it later. My kitchen can be clean but the stovetop is still messy, so I would wipe that down if my mom was coming over.
post #17 of 56
Most mess doesn´t embarrass me, but a filthy bathroom is yuck!
post #18 of 56
Spray pledge (furniture polish) in the air, put the hoover in the middle of the floor, the plug in the sink, add some washing up liquid and start the tap running. Then boil the kettle and greet them with the apology that you're in the middle of cleaning up from the weekend but it's lovely to see them anyway. Tea?
If possible, try and get the bathroom done quickly, and if not, take a quick toilet break.
post #19 of 56
Dirty bathroom, living room looking like a hurricane hit it (ie: more than 10 toys everywhere). The girls' room being messy (doesn't take much. three girls in a small room it looks a lot worse than it is usually)
post #20 of 56
This thread is making me nervous. I know nothing of this one-minute warning but I can only guess it means you have one minute to clean something before people show up at your home wanting to come in! The problem is I picked several off of your list ... I don't like dirty clothes thrown about, dirty bathrooms or kitchens full of dirty dishes or toys scattered everywhere. I guess I would see how dirty the bathroom and kitchen was and pick one of those two to clean.
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