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View Poll Results: How long to get your house "important guest" ready
1 hour or less 35 25.00%
1-3 hours 46 32.86%
3-6 hours 14 10.00%
6-12 hours 10 7.14%
24 hours 5 3.57%
more than a day 30 21.43%
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#1 of 53 Old 04-28-2008, 06:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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.
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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.
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Okay. My answer is 1-3 hours. So who's flylady?
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Um, more than a day.

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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.

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Less than an hour for someone "important" and always ready for a friend. My place is pretty tidy.
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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 :

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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.
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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.
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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.

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Okay. My answer is 1-3 hours. So who's flylady?
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I have to say 6-12 hours because I would run around in circles the first 6 hours and then really begin my cleaning.
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Always less then one hour.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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 :
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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.

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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.
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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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About 1-2 hours. It's about 20 minutes away from being "friend" ready.

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I voted 6-12 hrs, thinking it was an overnight guest.

A dinner guest who would not go upstairs? 1-3 hours
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I put 6-12, if i was doing it all myself while the kids were home. Because they'd be following behind me making messes, so it would take twice as long.
If dh was home to keep the kids occupied, probably 3 hours. The only person i clean like that for is MIL, she is super critical.

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I put 1 hour since I've been nesting like crazy

Ordinarily, I if I had to clean every room in the house, not just the main space, it could be 6 hours.
We're just about always "friend" ready in 15 minutes though

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0 - they could drop in anytime. Overnight guests, too.
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15 minutes or less.

Before I got into a good cleaning habit, probably 2-3 days of backbreaking, hardcore cleaning to be guest ready.
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About 15-30 minutes to be important guest ready. It depened on how many toys, craft projests, etc have migrated through the house.

Always friend ready.

I'd need about 24 hours to be overnight guest ready.
I've been doing a lot of deep cleaning around the house this week. My mother and father-in-law, sister-in-law and grandmother-in-law are coming for the weekend. I need time to get the guest room ready and turn the playroom and our recroom into guest bedrooms!

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If someone was able to take care of the kids while I cleaned, I would need less than an hour. With no one to watch the kids,I would need one day.
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velochic 0 - they could drop in anytime. Overnight guests, too
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?
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I answered this earlier today and I guess it didn't take. Hmmm...

Anyway, here's the scoop:

Friends, family, and neighbors can drop by anytime. Our home is fairly neat, or we're working on home improvement projects, and I am just not bothered by anyone seeing our house.

For a dinner party, the house would be ready in less than 30 minutes. I'd just need to do a 5-10 minute sweep of the downstairs from the front door to the backyard. I may pull some weeds if we'll be eating during daylight or sitting outside. (View from table is backyard.) I'd also do a quick cleaning of the powder room and I'd sweep the front walk and doors.

For overnight guests, the biggest challenge would be figuring out where to put them and rearranging our rooms and routines to accommodate this decision. We have several options and utilize them according to what type of guests (kids or adults, family or friends, how many, etc), but we don't have a specific guest room. In addition to the above-mentioned house-specific tasks, I'd do a deep cleaning of DD's bathroom since that doubles as our guest bathroom and I'd dust and vacuum the whole house top to bottom. (I don't typically do this BEFORE a dinner party. I wait until AFTER.) I dust and vacuum regularly anyway, but not every single square inch every single week...the whole house gets done in a given month and is very livable. I typically lay down wherever our guests will be sleeping and add some decorator touches in their line of sight. This whole process could take as little as 30 minutes (kids can sleep in our playroom or one adult can sleep in DD's bed and she'd sleep in a sleeping bag on her floor or ours, depending on who the guest is) or as long as whenever DH had time to move a bed downstairs or help me move furniture in DD's bedroom to accommodate her trundle being out and up across the room from her regular bed. An air mattress could be blown up for a short stay for younger adults (not elderly family members, like we typically have). The cleaning is the least of it for overnight guests! LOL

Under most conditions, the room that would take up the most time is our office. We each have a desk in there and this room sees a lot of family activities. Straightening up this room is always last in my priorities. LOL I don't like closed doors, so I rarely employ that method. I will when young children visit, though, for safety reasons since we no longer have baby gates. (DD is 7.)

In any case, I could be ready for a VIP in less than an hour under most conditions. Overnight would be tricky depending on if DH was around to help with furniture moving, but the rest would be ready.

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