There has always been this debate between my husband and I regarding parties. There is usually some preparation before parties, getting food organised etc but one thing that has never been a priority for me is having floors mopped, I like to do that after the party so the house actually stays clean. My husband loves to have floors mopped before so that they are clean before people come in even though it will all just get dirty again during a party. We had 20 kids over yesterday for daughters birthday party, 7 slept over the night before and all made their own breakfast in the morning. The house was trashed and I got a cleaner in a few hours before everyone left - had clients to see late afternoon while kids were all getting picked up. The result was I got home and the house was spotless, party was over, and only some family members still present, my brother and another friend. Party mess is not a good thing to come home to after seeing clients. Everything was tidy but floors were not cleaned and mopped before kids arrived on Friday - why bother is my motto. Do you bother having everything perfect before parties or leave till after?