Guest Room: Clean or Catch-All?

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Not our guest room. Flickr photo by IG8
The guest room just got a major overhaul in our house.

It's still got three walls in different colors, and the headboard is still missing. But at least it's clean.

The problem is our method of cleaning.


We generally use our guest room as the catch-all for anything and everything that we don't know what to do with.

Whether it's toys taken away from our daughter (her punishment for not cleaning them up), big boxes for new things that we don't want to throw away lest said purchase break, or items removed from another room when we know visitors are coming and we need to clean up, the guest room fast becomes an absolute disaster.

Until my in-laws come to town. Which is what happened last weekend.

Driving 14 hours to attend our daughter's birthday party, we can't exactly expect them to crash on the couch. So it was time to tackle the guest room mess.

My daughter appreciated the return of a ton of toys, the recycling containers were filled with a host of newspapers, and I swept up half a cat from the time one snuck into the room and hid out under the bed for a day.

It took me an hour to get the room that no one uses back into working order. And I still haven't tackled those walls (a holdover from finding out I was pregnant almost six years ago in the middle of the paint job).

Why I torture myself like this, I don't know. But I can't be the only one -- right?

Is your guest room clean or a catch-all?

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