Post # 1
My fiance has a friend who occasionally stays with us on his way to or from work. He works in the middle of nowhere (which we are pretty close to!) and sometimes needs a place to stay for a day or two during transit. He’s a great guy and pretty polite so normally I have no problem with this.
This last visit has really got me thinking though! I HATE having house guests. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am a creature of habit and hate having my routine messed up, but I’m feeling seriously frazzled after this last stay of his. My fiance is out of town and his friend stayed in our guest room for 4 days this time. Every…single…morning…he was up before 5am. This wouldn’t bother me, but for the fact that once someone is awake in our house the dog is up too. Once the dog is wake this means I am also awake 🙁 There were also a ton of tiny things that were just getting on my nerves and being stressed about the wedding I just kept making myself feel worse and worse. I’m the type who wants to make sure my guests have clean towels and the bathroom stays shiny etc, so it was tough feeling like I had to run around for a guest when I’m just too busy. I would much rather have the house to myself. Of course it is a different story if we’ve booked time off for a visit or someone who we haven’t seen in forever is coming to stay.
Am I alone? Is there anyone who actually ENJOYS having a house guest?
Post # 3
I really enjoy it actually. It’s fun to have people come see our place and spend a few days with them. It can get stressful what with the cleaning before and after they come, but for the most part I enjoy it.
Post # 4
I like it but only when it’s not often. When you have a friend come once a year its awesome. I love creating a pampered experience for them. Plus I love cooking others dinner, so that’s probably part of it.
Post # 5
I really enjoy it! As long as I don’t have to host people every weekend or something, I love getting the special time to spend with people!
Darling Husband and I both are always offering up our apartment for people to come visit and stay with us!
Post # 6
I love having people over for events/dinner/ daytime. But I hate overnight guests because I need my quiet time in the morning.
Post # 7
I love hosting guests! But I do like having advance notice so I can clean up and buy some extra goodies (bagels and stuff we wouldn’t normally keep in the house, you know?) for them!
ETA: Our place is a one bedroom one bath English basement, so if friends come to stay, they sleep on the pull out couch; if family comes, we’ll probably put them in our bed and sleep on the couch ourselves.
Post # 8
I have a one bedroom apartment. We just aren’t set up for it! Plus, our doors swell in the summer heat, so neither the bathroom or our bedroom door fully closes. Can you say *awkward* Father-In-Law visit?!
Post # 9
I love hosting but only for a few day and maybe a few times a year.
Post # 10
Maybe my problem is that this particular friend comes to stay once a month and then we probably have 1-2 other people staying with us every 3-4 months. It gets tiring and I really like my personal space 🙁 I would probably enjoy it a lot more if we had a couple of people only visiting us once a year. Oh well!
Post # 11
I like having guests, but not often and I like planned visits. I don’t like the stress of cleaning, etc. I am also a creature of habit and sometimes, I’m just tired at 9pm. I don’t want to push someone out the door, but if I can’t keep my eyes open, I feel bad.
Love my friends, but I’m kind of a homebody.
Post # 12
I hate it, because the house we are in has no space. To me tidy is everything put away in cupboards, and I just dont have the cupboard space. So everything is out and it feels messy, others say its homey but i dislike. So i feel when guests come I have to super clean for it to be in order.
I have my SIL coming this weekend, and she just picks on everything and anything in the house. Maybe thats why it puts me off having guests in our home… I dont mind people crashing for the night but when it feels like 2 – 3 days its exhausting.
Post # 13
I love having people come stay with us (we only have 3-4 visitors per year), though I’m dreading May. My in-laws are coming over for a week. I haven’t spent more than a few hours around them at one time (over a six year period) so having them around us constantly for days causes a bit of anxiety.
Post # 14
I don’t like having houseguests at all. Also, I don’t enjoy being a houseguest. I’d much rather stay in a hotel if possible.
Post # 15
I like it but planned in advance with the end date decided. 🙂
Post # 16
I like it but planned in advance and only for a short period. I love seeing family and friends but sometimes you are just so relieved when they are gone!