In the last two weeks I have had a rash of unnanounced guests, some family, some friends. My house is currently really messy, as I am sorting and tossing everything we don't need/want/use. The staging area for this is the livingroom/diningroom. From there I can keep an eye on all three kids. Hubby works between 50 and 60 hours a week, and helps out when he can, but is bone tired when he gets home. I am at my wits end dealing with uninvited visitors commenting on the state of my house. It is not a health hazard, it is not uninhabitable, it is just messy, and getting better. How am I supposed to clean when you show up and park yourself on my couch for an hour?
Has this happened to you? How do you deal with it without pulling your hair out, or being rude?
Here are some suggestions:
Don't answer the door
or grab your purse as you go to the door and say, "Sorry, I was just leaving!"
I know it's kind of hard to do the purse thing when you have kids, so how about, "Oh, I thought you were the babysitter. I have an appointment and she's a little late. You don't mind watching the kids for me, do you! Thank you so much! Bye!" (Only do that babysitter thing if you know and trust the person to watch your kids, of course). I"m sure they'll be gone in a second.
Turn on the shower, throw on your bathrobe and shower cap and head for the door..."Sorry, you caught me at a bad time!"
Grab a handful of tissue and go to the door looking like the last rose of summer, sniffling and blowing and talking like you're all stuffed up...that might get rid of them in a hurry.
But seriously, maybe just, "Gosh, I'd love to ask you in but I just can't visit right now. I'll give you call and we can arrange another time to get together.