|View Poll Results: How long to get your house "important guest" ready|
|1 hour or less||35||25.00%|
|more than a day||30||21.43%|
|Voters: 140. You may not vote on this poll|
OK now that is of interest. Is the time 0 because the house is always neat and clean or because you simply would say to heck with it I'm not cleaning this place? LOL. If its the first would you please care to show pics to the rest of us for inspiration?
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
Even at the height of cleanliness, no one would be allowed in the spare room/office, tho'.
gottaknit... I *love* flylady!!!
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
Katie, mama to Katherine 21, Christian 19, Johannah 17, Nicholas 12, Genevieve 10, Matthew 7, Andrew 11/16/09 10#6oz home waterbirth and madly in love with my husband, Scott
P.S. We have a pretty small apartment, that makes it all much quicker to whip into shape.
♥ blogger astrologer mom to three cool kiddos, and trying to figure out this divorce thing-- Blossom and Glow ♥
"Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été."
For a very important guest to come by I would have to pick up the toys, make sure the dishes and laundry were washed and put away, vacuum the floor and furniture, wash the tables, and mop the floors. Even if I had already done those things I would redo them.
I put this to the test today. My sister called me 20 minutes before she got here and by the time she arrived my house was clean and I was sitting down drinking a glass of water.
Woo Hoo! Way to go!
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa
and now today is the happiest I've ever felt, so far, and also, better is a funny jumble of werds to me now. hee.
Here's another funny word: Hug.
"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion."-Thich Nhat Hanh
But don't you all think we deserve to live in homes that are Good Enough? I mean, what makes these people so special that we should spend half a day or longer preparing for their visit? If my house were really that messy, how could I (or DH, or the kids) enjoy being at home? And if it's not that messy, and I'm spending all that time preparing for them to visit, then maybe I'm just being insecure.
Just food for thought.
Sheesh, I sound like freakin' flylady... :
It's more about personal items for me than it is about actual dirty or messiness, because I do think we deserve to live in a guest-level clean house. However, when it's just us, it's more practical to have the things we'll use that day out: stroller in the hallway, the sewing box I'm using out on the counter, dds paints out on the art table, a basket of laundry on the bed so I can fold it while the kids nap, etc. (I have a tiny washer and we cloth diaper, so I run about 2 loads a day, one am, 1 pm.) With guests, I want that stuff picked up, bc we won't use it that day. So I like to have 1 day notice, so dh can be sure to get the laundry put away, more personal items put away, etc. during his evening clean up. (I do cooking, he does pick up; I do laundry wash n fold, he puts away).
Usually it's about that. And I tend to hold a playgroup once a month just so I can clean up.
If I needed to leave the bedroom doors open, well, tbh, all the stuff that's out would be shoved in the closets and those doors shut. To clean it properly, an hour for each room, and an hour for my laundry and dh's office.