Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Are You Ready For Guests?

If you get a text or a call saying that a friend or family member is on the way, are you ready? Is your house clean and tidy?

Ours sometimes isn't. It can easily look like a house well lived in, a house of fun;
I'm not showing what our kitchen looks like if I decide to have a day off cleaning/tidying it. I hate washing and lufflump loves making massive messes, so the house isn't usually spotless.

I'm not saying that we live in filth, we don't, but having a toddler means that if we don't tidy up every night it piles up REALLY quickly. Tidying up can be a quick five minutes tidy or an hour depending on how much lufflump decided to empty. Sometimes it's just one box in the lounge room, sometimes it's all the boxes PLUS his bookcase. Add that to the washing, the kitchen and our own mess it can be a lot of work at the end of the day just when we don't feel like it.

So, in the morning if we get a warning that we are going to have guests it's a big rush to clean and tidy everything. I'd rather it wasn't and hopefully through the current organising and purging journey we are on, it won't be as bad.
Is your house always guest ready? How do you do it!?


  1. Oh my gosh. Thank you for this. Sometimes I get depressed looking at immaculate photo's of other people's houses and wonder how they do it.

    I've got a 24 hour rule. Things can't sit in one place for more than 24 hours- so if I bring in washing and dump it on the couch, it has to be moved. Even if that's moving it to dump on the bedroom floor. Toys don't necessarily have to be put away, but they do have to be swept into a corner.

    Over the last few years, I've also gotten very good at the 'crap, someone is coming over', throw everything into a washing basket, dump it in the bedroom, shut the door, and then sweep. Done.

  2. We are never ready!
    The moment i pick something up Campbell has it out again 2 seconds later.
    I think a house needs to look lived in too.

    I'm quite found of the throw everything into the bedroom and close the door...

  3. I don't even have kids and my house is hardly ever guest ready! I do have 2 enormous dogs though! Usually its just the floors that need a good sweep. If we have people dropping by we usually just tidy the main living area and leave the rest! But yes I agree, I don't know how people have immaculate houses all the time!

  4. Your house looks like my house - and thank God, because i was beginning to feel like the only mama in the world who cant keep her house immaculate every second of every day!


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