Everyone's worst nightmare:
Niecy Nash, flower in hair and pencil skirt snaking down her enviable figure, sashays into your house. She examines the dishes and boxes and Target bags scattered around the room.
She declares you foolish.
But here's a secret. Nash, who hosted Clean House on the Style Network for nine seasons before stepping down this year, has her own cleaning hang-ups.
She's busy. If you don't know Nash from Clean House, you know her as the prosthetic booty-sporting Deputy Raineesha Williams on Comedy Central's Reno 911!. Or as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Or as a panelist with The Insider.
Nash, 40, is also a mom, newly engaged to electrical engineer Jay Tucker and planning a May wedding. And she's working with Samsung Home Appliances to promote a chore quiz on the company's Facebook page. She called from Los Angeles to talk about the project, her style, and when she finds time to clean her own house.
Did you keep your own house clean during Clean House?
Are you kidding me? Listen, only because I was living in fear that one day they would show up and knock on the door and be like, "Surprise!"
So now that you're not on the show, can you finally relax?
Girl, no. Because people who come to your house still have an expectation.
Clean House kind of feels like the precursor to Hoarders, which is so popular now.
Well, having clutter and hoarding are two different things. I always say that clutter is an outward expression of an inward thing. When you become a hoarder, the inward thing is magnified to the 10th degree, and there's another component with the collecting, the piling up around you that's different.
Someone on Facebook called you the new James Brown, the hardest worker in show business. Do you get exhausted?
Yes, I'm sleeping right now while we're having this interview. I'm just kidding. It is quite a lot, but I enjoy what I do.
How is the wedding planning?
Girl, you know I haven't done a thing to get this wedding together. You know what? I don't have a bride gene.
Did you know right away he was the one?
No. I didn't know right away. Here's the thing. I talked to him for five minutes and, you know, we all started moving around the party. It wasn't until I turned around and saw him talking to another girl and said, "Who is talking to my husband?"
Jealousy took over?
Oh, my goodness gracious, did it ever. I said, "I gotta move in on this thing."
Who are you rooting for on Dancing With The Stars?
Out of the people who are left I would probably have to say Brandy, Jennifer Grey. And I'm just so fond of little Kyle (Massey).
We all saw the breakdown online from Audrina Patridge's mom after Audrina was cut. Can getting eliminated make you lose it?
You have to have other things the define you. When you put all your eggs into one basket and say this one experience is going to be the be-all and end-all to my life, you feel like the rug is pulled out from under you. I had other things that defined me, who I am as a mother, who I am as a friend. You have a church that you belong to, you have community outreach and mentoring. There's more to life.
You have a fabulous style.
My style is what I would call comfortable glamour, and I'm kind of old school with the flower in my hair. I love Billie Holiday. I'm a fan of a pencil skirt and a good heel. Comfortable glamour meets maybe a little vintage retro.
How do you keep a flower in place?
The best thing is to go with a silk flower. It will come on a barrette or a clip. If your hair is fine, get one that comes on a rubber band and keep the party going.