"Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect--a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. Everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth." ~ Mary Randolph Carter
I am not one who is known for her clutter. But what is hidden behind a closed door to guests is exactly that...
A nightstand stacked high with books to read (if only I could stay awake through more than one page!), ironing waiting (and waiting) to be... ironed, a pile of clothing needing mending, various knitting and crochet projects that need to be completed, and yes, dishes in my sink.
Dishes in the sink cannot be hidden behind a closed door, although an old friend of mine used to throw a dishtowel over hers if company came by before her dishes were done. I now sometimes do this myself, although a few years ago I wouldn't have been caught with dirty dishes in my sink. There are simply too many more important things to do than the dishes, or sweeping the floor, or ironing, or wiping a counter (again). Yes, my clutter is showing.
Sometimes we put pressure on ourselves to make sure everything looks a certain way, but the strange reality is that we're really the only ones who ever notice when everything is not "perfect." Funny, isn't it?