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Guest ready in how long??

Poll Results: How long to get your house "important guest" ready

 
  • 25% (35)
    1 hour or less
  • 32% (46)
    1-3 hours
  • 10% (14)
    3-6 hours
  • 7% (10)
    6-12 hours
  • 3% (5)
    24 hours
  • 21% (30)
    more than a day
140 Total Votes  
post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 
How long would it take you to have your house "important guest" ready? As in you or your dp's boss, your childs school teacher, a pastor, whoever would stress you out the most.
post #2 of 53
Since discovering Flylady, I'd say 15 minutes. Even on the worst day, it's still less than an hour.

Pre-flylady, my answer would have been closer to 2 hours.
post #3 of 53
Okay. My answer is 1-3 hours. So who's flylady?
post #4 of 53
Um, more than a day.
post #5 of 53
Dinner guest ready or overnight guest ready?

For a dinner guest maybe 2-4 hours, depends on how big a mess the house is. I'd only have to have the main floor presentable and I could close the computer room door.

For an overnight guest I'd need at least 24 hours. They're going to be upstairs and possibly in the basement too so there's a lot more area to be cleaned.
post #6 of 53
Less than an hour for someone "important" and always ready for a friend. My place is pretty tidy.
post #7 of 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post
whoever would stress you out the most.
Umm, this would be my parents.
I voted 3-6 hours
and not because my house is a disaster at the moment, but because it's my *parents*!
I'd probably start cleaning under the refridgerator and stove :
post #8 of 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by MomToKandE View Post
Dinner guest ready or overnight guest ready?

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I was wondering the same thing? Would guest go upstairs? Sleep here? B/c really it's a matter of cleaning and tidying the downstairs (main floor) which is pretty clean for the most part vs. cleaning that AND the upstairs which isn't filthy but tends to get really cluttery. Plus getting DH's bedroom/guest room in order would add time.

1-3 hours for dinner guest and 6-12 for overnight.
post #9 of 53
Quote:
Dinner guest ready or overnight guest ready?

For a dinner guest maybe 2-4 hours.

For an overnight guest I'd need at least 24 hours.
Me, too.
post #10 of 53
I say more than a day. That's mostly due to the construction we are (slowly) working on. It puts the rest of our house into a state of flux.
post #11 of 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by KBinSATX View Post
Okay. My answer is 1-3 hours. So who's flylady?
Flylady

The site can be a little cheezy, and the emails a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but it has seriously saved my sanity as a naturally-messy SAHM.
post #12 of 53
I have to say 6-12 hours because I would run around in circles the first 6 hours and then really begin my cleaning.
post #13 of 53
Always less then one hour.
post #14 of 53
It takes me about 2 hours to give the house the once-over. It's never really ready for important guests though, because there are some things I'm just not willing to clean/redecorate. I like it the way it is.
post #15 of 53
If it's somebody I want in my home, then we can tidy up and be ready in half an hour or less. If it's somebody who's going to really comment on or care about neatness, I doubt they'd get an invitation in the first place!

An overnight guest would actually require less prep time, as the only overnight guests we have space for are adolescent girls and they typically don't care how clean the house is!

We have a tiny apt and it looks very "lived in" even when things are cleaned up and put away properly. It's also impossible for us to have several hours worth of cleaning up to do- if the house got that messy it would be unlivable for ME. If it's clean enough for my comfort, then I feel fine about having guests over.
post #16 of 53
I said 3-6 cause I'm very slow right now

This is for a dinner guest. Overnight it would probably be 6-12, if it were me by myself, but 3-6 if I could put my dh on the dirty work!
post #17 of 53
I do flylady and it would still be more than a day :. Actually, that would mostly be my perfection settling in making me feel like everything has to be perfect. It's mostly the upstairs that would take the longest. It's seriously bad up there and that is where guests would have to sleep. Actually, we've never had guests in our entire lives so I wouldn't even know what to expect. To give you an idea, I've already started cleaning for DS's birthday party next week and seldom used rooms will be off limits :
post #18 of 53
It took me a week to get ready for my mother to come - two full weekends + some during the week. Is that bad?
We did paint and stuff, too, plus rearrange two rooms and child-proof the house.
post #19 of 53
It depends. If it's someone important that will only see my first floor (living room/dining room) and the bathroom. I'd say three hours. (I work slow. We also have a lot of clutter.) If it was someone really important who needed to sleep over or see other parts of the house I would probably keel over before I finished. It's been pretty bad lately.
post #20 of 53
We're in the process of moving right now, but usually it'd be less than an hour; especially in the new house because we'll have a guest room (thank goodness).
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