Party Cleaning and a Dinner Party Story

Windex dinner party story

What’s the best way to clean windows, and counters, bathrooms and appliances? I say host a dinner party and get some early party cleaning done, because there’s nothing like knowing guests are coming!

My sister was recently in the kitchen helping me prepare for a dinner party, and I was running around like a crazy woman with a bottle of Windex in my hand. Mission accomplished, I quickly touched up the places I felt needed a “sparkle,” like the counters and kitchen window that gets easily spattered.

At 6 pm sharp, the guests were arriving, and I looked over by the kitchen sink to see the bottle of Windex sitting there, along with a soiled rag.

I laughed to myself, and then pointed it out to my sister, saying … I always leave the Windex on the counter. Sigh …

Secret revealed: Windex is my best friend when entertaining. It’s the best quick and easy cleaner for windows, appliances, and bathroom sinks.

I’ve cleaned up after big parties only to look over and find the bottle still sitting there, tucked off to the side. It had been sitting there all along. It’s hard, when entertaining to not miss something.

Windex on counter

I usually scan the kitchen before guests come, but it’s never perfect. Never.

Flawless entertaining is not what my home, parties, or even blog is about. Rather, it’s about a celebration of life and an invitation to spend time with the people we love – toasting, tasting, telling stories, listening, loving, and enjoying the wonderful flavors that nature (our garden) and others (we always delegate portions of the meal) have to offer.

So a few weekends ago, this party happened.

And the Windex sat on the counter. :)

No one said a word about the Windex, and to be honest, probably didn’t even notice.

What would your reaction be if you left cleaning supplies out on the counter at your dinner party?

Do you struggle with perfectionism? Read my post: When did Perfectionism become so trendy?

   

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17 Responses to “Party Cleaning and a Dinner Party Story”

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — August 5, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    At least everyone knew you cleaned before they arrived!! I love the imperfection-isms that make up wonderful real life moments. Thanks for sharing, Sandy! :)

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    Becky — August 5, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    I would laugh if I left cleaning supplies out…don’t sweat the small stuff!

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    Marie at the Lazy W — August 5, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Another great post, Sandy. We just had a bonfire party last night, NOT at all formal, but the farm was full of people. You know what I left out for all to see? My very honest and revealing diet and exercise plan taped up on the fridge. Embarrassing, but noone said anything, and we had a great time as always. Three cheers for windex!
    xoxo

    • Sandy Coughlin replied: — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

      That is funny and cute, Marie! I bet no one noticed, or they got great tips! :)

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    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com — August 5, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    i sometimes like to leave cleaning supplies out! It helps me “clean as I go”. Nothing major-but maintaining the mess is so much easier than having to do a deep-clean when everyone leaves

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    Jamie G — August 5, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    I entertain often. I am sure this has happened to me. If it was during the party I would laugh and tuck it under the kitchen sink. If the party was over when I discovered it I would shrug my shoulders and revel in the memory of a wonderful party.

    • Sandy Coughlin replied: — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

      Great attitude, Jamie!

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    Shannon — August 5, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    I have a new RE rule: No looking at your blog during working hours! I will sit here and go through your posts until half the day is gone if I do not discipline myself! This is a beautiful post- but I do not DARE look into your archived autumn posts… or Christmas… oh no, not yet. Not while I am here at work. I will have to wait until I am home and then can pour through it as long as I want! Great work. This is a really lovely blog and you inspire me to do better.

    • Sandy Coughlin replied: — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

      ha ha … Shannon … welcome to RE! :)

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    jamie @ green beans & grapefruit — August 5, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    This made me laugh because I immediately thought of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I also strongly consider windex to be all purpose cleaner that should be accessible at all times…so no, it would actually comfort me if it’s in eyeshot.

    • Sandy Coughlin replied: — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

      I know, Jamie … I always think of that movie, too!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 5, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Never ever sweat the small stuff, I’ve learned. And, you’re right…no one probably noticed the bottle of Windex or the used rag on your kitchen countertop. If anyone did, they would probably think it’s totally normal because they have probably done the same! Thanks for sharing and making us all feel human when we entertain! xo

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 5, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Yes, I’m sure I do stuff like that all the time, lol! I just heard that Windex is the best thing for cleaning stainless steel appliances, so I’m gonna check that out.

    • Sandy Coughlin replied: — August 5th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

      I use it for mine, Lori. :)

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    After Party Cleaning — November 29, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    Nice post!
    We provide a range of services to both domestic as well as commercial clients.

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