Loc: England UK
|Posted: 1/30/2013 9:52:39 AM|It's a family home and I'm not paranoid about dust etc so yes I'd be pretty ready, although I would go and check the bathrooms are decent since I last looked!! Friends can take us as they find us - or not, their option. If a a bit of mess offends them then they don't know me very well anyway
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|Posted: 1/30/2013 9:55:45 AM|I need twenty minutes to pick up whatever toys might be in the living room and clean the toilet in the first-floor bathroom, where my twins have been potty training .
Loc: Beautiful Canada
|Posted: 1/30/2013 10:05:35 AM|Thanks everyone that asked about me feeling better and thankfully my throat doesn't feel like razor blades are slicing with every breath and swallow...my head is still plugged up and it's affecting my ears so I can't really hear well but I FEEL better!!
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|Posted: 1/30/2013 10:09:42 AM|15-20 minutes and we're friend-and-family-ready. Now, guests I want to impress? I might need 40 minutes.
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|Posted: 1/30/2013 10:10:51 AM|
When I was raising 3 kids, my house was rarely company ready. But, I was fine with that. I seriously would concentrate on my children. After dinner, instead of dishes, (put into sink) I would help with homework, etc. A decision I consciously made at the time.
As they got older, the house got less messy. When all 3 had left... I looked around at my messy house... and thought - um... they are all gone except me... seems like I may have been the problem !! Now, years later... always company ready.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 10:11:49 AM|
Gimme 15 minutes to toss everything in a closet and run the vacuum and come on over!
|~~Melani....once upon a time I was Sailorslady, now I'm just the fish|
Loc: chicago, il
|Posted: 1/30/2013 10:21:27 AM|
Unless you are immediate family,you can't just stop by!
|Posted: 1/30/2013 11:43:51 AM|
The majority of my house is fine, not perfect but acceptable. Depending on time of day, my kitchen may or may not messy but otherwise we keep clutter to a minimum. The one thing I like to do before company comes is take the blankets off our family room couch (my kids live on this couch so we normally cover it with blankets to keep the cushions free of the food/ sweat/ mess the kids leave behind) and maybe move things off our stairs (the staging area for items that need to be brought up.)
I feel like everyone I know lives in a House Beautiful masterpiece, which is so intimidating. I don't mind going to a house that is actually a bit lived in. I have a good friend with 4 young kids (3 are boys who do every sport under the sun) and almost no furniture and I love her house! She keeps it REAL!
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Loc: NC but wishing I was somewhere else
|Posted: 1/30/2013 12:29:06 PM|
My house could be show ready in 15 minutes...but that's because it's currently on the market. If our house wasn't for sale, it would take me a good hour to get it company ready.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 12:50:17 PM|
This happened to me last Sat morning... my good friend wanted to come by and see the kitten that my kids got me for my b'day...
I think I was more glad that I looked presentable having gotten up, showered, dressed and even make-up on.. because normally Saturday mornings I don't bother. the house was in good shape.. I had just finished putting a beef stew together for supper.
I would prefer a phone call usually,, since I have to scrap in the kitchen area,, sometimes the mess looks a lot worse that it is...
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:39:44 PM|
I just turned down a request to watch one of DD's classmates after school. We had a major, unexpected home repair last week and haven't finished putting everything back together yet. I also still have my Christmas ornaments on card tables in my living room, waiting to be put away. And to be honest, this is a child who hasn't been AT ALL kind to my DD (actually, she's repeatedly been extremely rude, almost to the point of bullying). Since her mother keeps a pristine home, I'm not opening myself -- or my child -- up to the criticism. Happy to help in other ways, but just can't do this right now.
Loc: Northeast Pennsylvania
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:40:26 PM|
My house is rarely ever company ready. It is amazing that we are rarely home, but piles of stuff seem to gather everywhere. We are a family of 6, although oldest ds is off at college. I would be horribly embarrassed if anyone showed up unexpectedly. For everyone with company ready homes, do you follow a cleaning routine each week? I seem to do things randomly, when it is needed. I'm only home usually Tuesdays and wednesdays during the day. Never home on weekends, and rarely any nights. We are always going in many different directions. I'm usually lucky to get dinner ready. I should say that I do one load of laundry a day and hang it to dry on my drying rack. It woul take me a few hours to get company ready. I really have to work more on this.
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Manic Mom of 2
|Posted: 1/30/2013 2:52:28 PM|
It depends! With 30 min notice I could whip it into shape. (As long as they stay downstairs!). With 0 notice I would be embarrassed!!!
Loc: Tulsa, OK
|Posted: 1/30/2013 3:15:10 PM|Ack! We are renovating our kitchen and I can't seem to get the other rooms downstairs back to normal. The dining room is in full-blown disarray (is that a thing?) and the living room and office seem to be catching the overflow. Now, I'm the first to admit that if I would just get to it, I might be able to make it somewhat presentable, but there would still be stacks of supplies and power tools strewn about, so I'm really not feeling the urgency . Maybe this weekend.
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Loc: Husker Nation
|Posted: 1/30/2013 6:36:28 PM|
I could do the common area in 15 minutes. Close bedroom doors and don't go in the basement. It would be fine.
peaing from my beach room
Loc: Northern Indiana...Fighting Irish Country
|Posted: 1/30/2013 6:39:39 PM|
Give me 5 minutes and I'm good to go! I can't stand to have people just drop by.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 6:42:03 PM|Given 10 mins I will be ready area where visitors come are always clean & ready. My kitchen might need that 10 min tlc as I cook a lot on daily basis so little tiding up
Loc: Okmulgee, OK
|Posted: 1/30/2013 7:47:35 PM|
My motto is If you are coming to see me, come on. If you are coming to see the house, make an appointment!
I used to have a friend named Shela (not misspelled) that would drop by at the odd time. She always seemed to hit it JUST right. She never overstayed (Not that she could have, she could have lived here and it would have been great), she never batted an eye at the condition of the house, MY condition or anything. The last time she came was 7 October 2009. I was going to be unable to attend church because my dad was not well and she was making supper for the church. Something she liked to call half-bake. She brought over a small pan of the half-bake and a glass loaf pan of fresh baked bread and we hugged and she headed to church.
Her birthday was the next day. She turned 33. Earlier in the week she had "dropped by" again and that she time she had made me a quilled picture (flowers) and in the middle it said, "I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked God for a friend, he gave me you."
Like I said, she would ALWAYS drop by and brighten my day, and not only with her gifts of food or otherwise. The gift of her trust and her friendship was priceless.
As I am sure you can guess, she passed away suddenly. I was the second phone call her husband made between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, 11 October 2009. It took over 6 months to get the death certificate back. It was her heart.
And for that reason and many others I cherish people stopping by unexpectedly. And those that do not? Well, chances are there is reason.
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|Posted: 1/30/2013 9:11:36 PM|I wanted to say that I actually like going to someone's house and seeing it "real". It makes me feel better about my own house. .
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Loc: SW Chicago suburbs
|Posted: 1/30/2013 9:28:33 PM|Kristen- me too! I feel flattered when someone is comfortable enough with me to let me see the real deal.
|Posted: 1/31/2013 2:06:43 AM|
Another me too, Kristen. I like real life.
I would love to say my house is always spotless. I'd love to be that person. And I really try, but it's patchy. I go through periods where my house could be on the market it's so clean and tidy. Then things get busy, and the guest room gets called the "ironing room", because it's just mountains of unfolded laundry. And the family room actually looks like people live and eat and watch TV and read in it, and we won't talk about rooms like the laundry or garage.
I used to freak out. More than once I pretended we were about to go out to put off drop ins. Then I came to my senses and realised they weren't the Queen, they were used to seeing stuff like this, so come on over. Do I still wish it was always perfect? Of course. But I'd rather have friends. And I try hard to put things away - my nemesis. I don't mind cleaning, I just hate having to spend ages putting things away before I can think about cleaning. I do feel better when it's cleaner, and I am better at it than I used to be, but I'm not going to get crazy about it.
PS One memory that's helped me get better is having a get-together many years ago, and a couple unexpectedly asked if they could stay over rather than drive home. I raced into the ironing room (which was worse because making the house party-ready meant it all ended up there) to quickly fix it up and flop out the sofa bed. I thought all was fine, until he came out at breakfast with one of my bras on (luckily he wasn't able to do it up or my ego would be completely shot), saying it was a nice surprise to find in the bed. Thankfully his wife gave him a very hard time on my behalf.