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

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 62
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes. I hate clutter. 

Post # 63
2002 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@hspw714:  Our house isn’t even ready when we know people are coming! Lol. We tend to do the last-minute scramble, but we work better under pressure 😉

I definitely want to pick up before anyone comes over, and I hate when I come home to find he has a friend over and there are clothes everywhere and personal effects strewn around the bathroom.

Post # 64
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@julies1949:  Seriously, it sounds like you have a rational and ongoing schedule of light cleaning.  Teach me your ways.

DH probably things our house is “guest ready” but I certainly don’t.  It always seems like our clutter is breeding more stuff.

Post # 65
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

with two dogs, our apartment is never guest-ready!  its not even the tidiness so much as our puppies.  one of them doesn’t like anyone new and has to be either held or put behind a baby gate if someone is visiting.  thankfully, I usually know hours in advance if someone’s coming. 

Post # 66
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our house usually isn’t a gross kind of dirty, usually it’s just clutter on the kitchen table or clutter in the living room…but clutter still embarrasses me. Most of the time we are not prepared to have unexpected guests because we live so far down a dirt road that nobody should ever venture that far without giving us a heads up. We have neighbors that sometimes drop by but I try not to invite them in unless I’m expecting them. Fiance is awful and will invite someone into the house even when it’s a mess!!

Post # 67
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

No.  Not even close. 

But a major bonus is is that none of our family lives in our state so it would be nearly impossible to have to deal with drop-in guests.  

Post # 68
975 posts
Busy bee

I keep my living areas very clean. Everything is wiped, swept and vacuumed. However, thats only because I don’t waste my time keeping my master suite up to the same level of cleanliness. I mostly am referring to my bathroom – I keep my hairdryer and products on the counter, makeup everywhere, etc. I can’t be bothered to clean that up every day, especially when I just take it all back out the next morning!

Post # 69
6304 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

No. But I say that only because we have 2 large dogs that shed, a lot. I don’t consider it guest ready until I’ve run the vacuum right before their arrival. That being said, our guest bedrooms are always ready. I keep them clean, with fresh sheets and towels, and the doors closed.

Post # 70
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

You have to be buzzed in and there’s a long elevator ride since we live way up at the top.  In that amount of time I can chuck any clutter into the bedroom and wipe down the bathroom quickly with clorox wipes. 

Generally the rest of the place is pretty tidy.  FI takes care of the dishes, so they’re always done.  Thank goodness. Because if I was in charge of dish duty we’d eat off paper plates. 

Post # 71
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Yes.  I have serious OCD issues. My house always looks like it isn’t lived in because I can’t be in it if anything is out of place. Fiance has also come to realize that he has to keep up with it when we are together or I honestly lose it. If I have not been to his house for a while, he will spend 2-3 hours cleaning so it’s ready for me when I get there. And he is really good while we are together, it beats the alternative of me being crazy. 

Post # 72
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@hspw714:  No way, my house is never ready for guests even if I know they are coming! We’re not hoarders or pigs or anything like that, but the place looks lived in. I’m definitely not like my parents who, upon expecting guests, rush to clean every cranny of their house like they are staging it for real estate.

Post # 73
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

lol I need like a weeks notice to get the house “guest ready”.  We have two long haired cats and a long/medium haired dog that sheds more than any dog(s) I’ve ever known (and I’ve been to houses with TWO huskies!).  So for me it’s mostly sweeping and vacuuming that needs to be done, but we usually have a pile of laundry in our room to be done, guest towels (because I use them when we don’t have guests) and the guest room laundry (even if they are clean I like to “refresh” the bed linens).  Dishes in the sink are inevitable but vary between being full and just having a couple dishes.

Luckily DH is almost more aware of how the house looks so he gives me as much notice as he can so I can get the house organized. lol

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