Company

6:00 AM

Over the next 3 weeks, I have an aunt staying the night,
in-laws coming into town,
Sarah and her two boys staying over,
and my parents coming for graduation.

Let it be clear that I cannot WAIT to see all these people.

However, I do have insecurities when it comes to my hostessing skills. As a wife with not much hospitality experience and an old scary apartment (click here to see all the thrilling features of our apartment), company gives me some anxiety.
Why?

1. Only one bathroom. Which is conveniently located in the guest room.
2. I have to be fully dressed at all times.
3. I feel weird eating late at night when there are people over. I don't know why.
4. I feel like I have to wake up earlier than everyone else.
5. It's not a secret that our futon isn't the most comfortable.
6. I get self conscious about my cleaning abilities.
7. I don't feel in complete control of my schedule.

Don't get me wrong, I'm SO excited for all these people to come. And none of them are high maintenance company at all. They aren't all staying with us, either. 

But does anyone else get anxiety over people staying at their house?
All you experienced wives: what do you do/remind yourself of so it doesn't feel like such a big deal?
What are the things to remember to take care of so I don't feel completely scrutinized?
TEACH ME so I don't get too stressed.
Honestly, I think my biggest issue is not knowing everyone's plan, making it so that I can't make my own for the next day. I'm not used to my plans revolving around other peoples'. Except for Trevor's, but that's different and super easy. Am I ridiculous?
1..2..3.. GO!
Yes, I am aware that my house (which is split into 3 apartments) looks haunted.

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10 comments

  1. I too will be playing hostess a bunch. Within a week I'll have had 7 people spend the night and play with us. It is pretty overwhelming, but I'm learning to not worry as much as I used to about hostessing. I'm banking on the fact that they are family, so they won't judge the cleanliness of my house too much. And eating out a fair bit, so I don't have to worry about cooking.
    And you know me...I do like plans. So I let them know what things i have going on, and ask them for what things they have planned or are looking to do with us. they don't have to be cemented, but just a general feel.

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  2. I am SO nervous when we have company. In fact, I pretty much DON'T have company because I'm afraid someone will think my house isn't clean enough, or that I'm a terrible wife because my husband cooks more than I do, or that I sleep WAY to much. Yep. Definitely not good with company.

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  3. I get stressed out when I have people over for dinner, let alone staying overnight! Just try to enjoy the time with your family and not worry about the little stuff!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  4. I think it's completely natural to be a little uncomfortable with company. It throws of your routine and regular comforts. Like you said, there's nothing wrong with that, it just is. Hope you are able to relax and enjoy your visitors :)

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  5. Company tends to throw me into a flurry of cleaning and organizing. My older sister married a minister and their home has become a hub of company. Her advise to me, which has helped me, is simply open your doors. The more company you have the more relaxed you become. Practice makes perfect? Have fun!

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  6. When my best friend Lorraine comes over for dinner, I freak out for two days. You can eat off her floors and I have a 7 year old who eats from the floor, so I can't win. But she never says a word. I just make sure the toilet is clean and the clutter is shoved somewhere else. That surely detours her from thinking we are slobs.lol

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  7. I always have hostess anxiety, but I'm sure that translates into being a fantastic hostess.

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  8. I totally get this! None of our family live nearby so we often have this dilemma. We don't have a guest room so guests sleep on a sofa bed downstairs - always tricky when someone wants to go to bed early. And I can't relax on the sofa and watch bad TV... But we always have a great time. Hope your visit goes well. (And your house does not look haunted, it looks charming!) Gillian x

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  9. Great post! (I came home and thought I must look at your blog more - I love discovering a lovely new blog!)

    I must say, I totally understand this! I use to madly clean the house top to toe to ensure it's (cough, cough) perfect. I've always felt like I should be the first one up (definitely when there's only one bathroom in our house too!) and am much more aware of my quirky ways when others are around.

    But I think that our guests aren't as critical as we are of ourselves, and it's taken me a while to get this. So, I relax more. Make lots of food, and then chillax with all those lovely people who are there to see you.

    Not your house and your housekeeping skills ;)

    Have a great week!

    xx

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  10. I'm not the bestest either at being a hostess and we have a small home too so I try and avoid it. I hope that everything works out and you enjoy having your visitors over, I'm sure you'll have a great time catching up. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. x

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