(Closed) Is your home always ready for unexpected guests?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 17
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not ready for surprise guests, but I can have everything guest-ready in about 10-15 minutes (sweeping, vacuuming, wiping down the bathroom).  Thankfully all of our family is from out-of-town, so the likelihood of having surprise guests is minimal.

Post # 18
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

@riley23:  this is us too! The downstairs is pretty much always guest ready, maybe stuck a few magazines, fold the blanket on the couch and put away the dog toys on the floor. Upstairs? Not so much, I’d need a half hour notice for someone to come into our bedroom or master bath. The guest room remains untouched though so that’s ready to go. 

Post # 19
7813 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I never have unexpected guests. Well, to be fair I don’t consider my family to be “guests.” My sister often just shows up and let’s herself in, even when we aren’t home. I’m not cleaning up for that ๐Ÿ˜› For me, “guests” are a planned party or dinner I’m hosting, not my siblings or very close friends. Only a few people have “drop in” privileges anyway. 

Also, I have a cleaning lady or else my house would never be ready for anything even if it was planned ๐Ÿ˜› I’m a terrible homemaker. 

Post # 20
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Pretty much.  My house is never dirty or disorganized. 

Post # 21
3997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ours is pretty much always guest ready, but I’m sure that’ll change when I’m done school and both of us are working full-time ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like keeping things tidy. Sometimes there will be a few dishes in the sink, but I try to keep on top of them so that it seems like a ‘normal’ daily amount and if someone drops by they aren’t like omgggg why do you hoard dirty dishes aha.


Post # 22
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Retry much, or it can be in 10 minutes, like pitting some dishes in the dishwasher and stuff. We live in a big two story house so there isn’t clutter or anything in the “guest” areas. 

Post # 23
7380 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Nope, I tend to deal with the laundry while watching tv.  Sometimes I have a pile of clothes to go into the washing maching that I don’t get to, sometimes there’s underwear drying, clothes that I left after getting halfway through folding etc.  It doesn’t take long to move, but I want some notice!  DH also knows to move certain things before people who up.

Post # 24
2683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Brooke1226:  +1 This! Our apartment right now is REALLY small (it’s a small one bedroom) and I’m just now trying to figure out how to live here with DH. (I moved in while he was working LD this fall. He got back less than a month ago). It is a lot of work to keep it clean, and we’re just not that great on staying on top of it. 

And unexpected guests? Hell to the no. If you’re dropping by, you better be one of my BFFs and not care. 

Generally, we don’t have a lot of people over though. We don’t have a couch or anything to really sit on right now. (long story)

Post # 25
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

No.  We have a downstairs TV room that we havent let guests in for a while because my DH is taking way too long on the construction he has going on down there.  The upstairs isnt bad, but I always like to clean the bathroom before guests come (seeing its the only room that guest would be in by themselves).  Dishes usually have to be done and I like to vaccuum since we have 2 cats.

Post # 26
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

Definitely not, I’d say we could be in 15 minutes to the point where I’m not worried about certain stuff making me feel gross/embarrassed for having company. 

We just moved into our house so it’s been more guest ready lately because lots of people have been just stopping by to see the house. The other day rather unexpectedly I was giving a tour to my SO’s bosses wife and her sister (we’re all friends). They’re both nurses and our bedroom had laundry everywhere and our bed wasn’t made (if I had 15 minutes it’d be putting loose dishes in the sink, tidying the bathroom and making the bed). On my nightstand I have my pink BB thermometer and I saw the sister doing a double take. 

I am using it for natural birth control… but as a nurse she probably thinks we’re trying to have a baby now. I told him about it and we both had a good laugh about it. 

These are the things I hide when I have 15 minutes. 

Post # 27
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

No, not really, but it’s not disgusting. At least, not the parts a guest would see. ha ha!

I absolutely DREAM of having a cleaning person every other week, but this is soooooo not a financial priority at the moment. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 28
1922 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@hspw714:  I agree with most posters and you, it’s not ready for unexpected visitors, but is in about 15 min notice. It’s usually not dirty, just “lived in”. So we need to clean up a little clutter and put up some personal items. Fortunately, my husband is on the same page as me and he will help me tidy up. 

Post # 29
3949 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

No it’s not and I refuse to live like that.  I grew up in that house and never once did anyone “just stop by” to stay over night.  People knew better, you always call first.  I swear if I heard one more time growing up “what would your Aunt ______ think if we’re in a car accident and rushed to the hospital and she has to come go thru our drawers to bring us clothes” (insert eye roll here) 

We have too much stuff and not enough storage so as each season goes by I spend time pulling stuff out and wedding crap out.  

Post # 30
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes, our house is almost always guest-ready. If I know someone is coming over I will still tidy up a bit more, but I wouldn’t be ashamed if someone stopped by as-is.

We have a housekeeper come clean every 2 weeks. I pick up fresh flowers at the grocery store and have out a basket of blankets and slippers for guests. We have people over almost every weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 31
533 posts
Busy bee

Mine is. I’ll close the bedroom door if it’s not presentable, but the bathroom, living room, and kitchen are always guest-ready. I am the type of person who feels crazy axiety if my home isn’t clean and tidy, so it really has nothing to do with what anyone else would think.

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