The family is coming
I don’t know about your family, but growing up and when I was married, anytime family was coming over, it was a mad rush to make things picture perfect. If we try to do the little chores as we go, instead of letting them slide, we might find those visit more enjoyable and definitely less stressful in the preparation stage. Putting things away when we are don with them, is usually pretty quick. Wiping down a table or desk at the end of the day takes a moment. Cleaning as we go, not only makes it easier to welcome visitors, but also makes the home healthier, and more comfortable to live in. If we can’t find enough room to put everything away, perhaps we are holding on to, or acquiring more than we need. Also remember that it is your home, if you and your spouse are happy with the way it looks, don’t allow others, even parents or in-laws to set the standards for your home. Yes you want them to be happy, but they also need to know that you have a life, outside of keeping the house clean. Talk to your spouse, and determine what the two of you feel is an acceptable level, then both of you work as a team to maintain the home to that level.