A wise woman once told me... "All jobs can be divided into two types: those which require that you shower before you go to work, and those which require that you shower as soon as you get home."
House-guests can also be divided into two types: those for whom you clean before they come, and those who necessitate that you clean after they leave. I could have saved myself much angst if I had realized years ago that Early Childhood Birthday Parties fall into the latter category.
And then there is my friend Marie who, when she used to come over, would tidy my kitchen so nicely that when she left it was in much finer order than I ever could have attained before she came, no matter how hard I tried. She moved to Michigan, which is a shame.