I had a friend who lasted about a year. She was the opposite of me. She was up before dawn praying and writing good thoughts (she hoped to publish these , perhaps she still has her hopes up)... then she'd settle down to thoroughly cleaning her house every day. She startled me when she said she used those little lemon scented paper wipes for going over the floors! She worked like stink until about 8am when she'd treat herself to something to drink, I'm guessing here, and then she'd walk into town for a coffee. I'd often stumble down the street at 10am and find her sitting have coffee all dressed to the nines and making me feel ashamed. After a couple of years she gave up on living in my town, she said english people kept dirty houses (mine!) and she left, without saying goodbye, to live in Thailand, Ko Samui, I think. She was a South African. (Gobs note)! And although I send her a Christmas card every year I hear nothing back. Really I feel sorry for her. She was VERY strange. But I seem to only meet strange people. Perhaps I'm strange myself. End of.
I have always noticed how some mothers try to keep the house spotless and antiseptic for their children's sake. Don't they know that the kids are out in the garden eating dirt while they are scouring the kitchen? Or are they in denial?
HSOs have more chance of colonizing in the gut and enhancing one's digestive health, rather than taking the usual bio-acidophilus and bifidus which are swept through the intestines and excreted which is a waste of money.
I generally clean before having guests(depends on who it is),I also clean on rainy days when I can't work out of doors. But, there are some areas of the house I keep clean most all the time as in the kitchen and my bathroom (Bix don't laugh!).
My only consolation about my arriving Swiss friends is that they do not keep their homes spotlessly clean! And the 3rd person who is an impoverished Italian countess (doesn't that sound intriguing?) will be staying in a nearby hotel because I don't have room for her (well, actually I have the room but not enough hot water!).