Tackle It Tuesday – Getting Ready for House Guests

Tackle It Tuesday

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Last Friday, after a busier-than-usual few days of trying to recover from a long trip to Disney World, I had to turn my attention to getting my house ready for weekend guests. The scene on Friday was less than ideal:

  • the kids had trashed the house while I was gone
  • my suitcase was still packed in my room
  • I didn’t have any plans for meals while they were here
  • I was in the middle of massive amounts of laundry

This is not a picture of my house, but last week, I felt like it was coming pretty close!

I realized as I rushed around trying to get things ready for my house guests that I was going to need to minimize and focus on the most important tasks. I guess that I was lucky – some house guests show up with NO warning. At least I did have some time, even if it was limited, to prepare.

I even had time to ask for opinions from my Better in Bulk Facebook fans and on twitter about what tasks to tackle first when getting ready for guests. With their help, I put these tips together:

How to prepare for house guests with minimal time

  1. If you want to make a good first impression, tidy up the front room (unlike my husband who decided to clear out some empty boxes and stack them in the front room)
  2. Clean the bathrooms (an especially important step if you are the mother of boys)
  3. Get the guest sleeping area ready (we don’t have an extra room, so I need to make sure that the basement floor is clear)
  4. Clean sheets and pillow cases (I always have to steal a few pillows out of the kids’ rooms, so a fresh pillow case is a must)
  5. It’s ok to hide some messes behind closed doors (just remember to close the doors…)
  6. Make a quick trip to the grocery store and stock up on cereals and milk and anything else that the crowd will want to eat. Plan a few meals (even if you end up going out to dinner like we did, it’s still a big help to have some food ready)

And the most important tip of all: remember that your house guests are here to visit YOU and spend time together, not critique your house cleaning skills.

I’m sure most of you are MUCH more organized than I am to begin with, but I was happy that we were able to have a pleasant weekend with our house guests, despite a dishes that remained dirty on the kitchen counter or the boxes that crowded the living room.

How do you get ready for house guests?


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Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

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Tackle it Tuesday is managed by Lolli. You can find Lolli blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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  1. says

    Yeah, that can be a big headache at times. Love the picture by the way. I could not imagine having five kids. My two boys are more than a handful. I have no clue where they get all there energy from. The issues seem to gain exponentially with house guests. Thank you so much for the ideas. I am definitely going to try out and try not to be a complete cleaning nut, lol.

  2. says

    Your list is definitely what I would do. Public areas should be clutter free so the guests are comfortable sitting. The bathroom is always a must, especially with boys around.

    As long as you’re comfortable, your guests will be, too. They’re there to see you, not your house.

  3. says

    I just joined last week so this is my first Tackle It Tuesday and I am so excited! I have five kids also and if you were to walk into the boys’ room right this moment the only reason it wouldn’t look like the one in the picture is because the picture shows their blankets actually ON their beds instead of piled in the floor! (Purging their things is definitely HIGH on my Tackle It list!)

  4. says

    When the house is really messy, there may be no way to get everything done. I really liked your list.

    Those would have been my priorities and put the kids to work in their bedrooms doing what they could to clean their space.

  5. says

    What an amazing tiles, these tiles are looking great. The ceiling as well as walls are looking great with these tiles. Really I like the design of these tiles and I’m sure that I’ll try to fix these kind of tiles in my kitchen and bathroom. Thanks for sharing and keep up blogging.


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