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How much moving around of things....

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OverItAndTired · 06/09/2020 11:49

Do you have to do to accommodate guests?

Probably in a rut from being at home all this time. What I have realised is that one of the reasons I get stressed / grumpy at home is the amount of stuff we have and am trying to thin things out where I can.

My question is, if people were dropping around in an hour- would you have to shift much stuff out of the way so that the place was comfortable/ welcoming? And what about for overnight guests??

Just Sunday musings and wondering about how other MNetters organise their homes and spaces.

I have a messy DH (I just don't see the mess you see!) 4 kids 2 dogs and 3 cats. (Cats mainly outdoor) and one main downstairs living area (open plan)

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JoJoSM2 · 06/09/2020 14:32

We have no pets and a 2yo. There’s a formal sitting room that’s always tidy so that’s where I’d direct unexpected guests. Other than that, we try to make sure everything lives somewhere so it doesn’t get too messy. Currently, there are a few toys on the floor and a stack of paperwork to sort out in the kitchen but it’s decent otherwise.

OverItAndTired · 07/09/2020 14:19

I think my place was tidier when the kids were younger- big boxes of toys emptied causing chaos but at least when they went to bed it was cleared back up out of the way. Now nobody really goes to bed before 10..moving their stuff all over the place!

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Chasingsquirrels · 07/09/2020 14:31

6 people and 5 animals in 1 open plan space - and you are wondering why it seems messy?? 🤣

I like things tidy and generally keep it that way, we were doing some diy the other weekend and things mounted up in the utility, kitchen and hallway and by the end of the weekend I HAD to sort it out before I could relax.
But also fewer people, fewer animals and separate rooms in my house.
So lounge is almost always tidy.
Kitchen depends but things are tidied away after every meal, everyone just puts their stuff in the dishwasher as they go along etc.
Dining room currently being used by both teens as a study/pc gaming space. I nag, and shut the door!
Study/playroom being used by my WFH, kept pretty tidy.
Upstairs is okay, my bedroom is v tidy, spare room has just been declutered and needs a few things taking to the garage or tip.
Ds2's room is okay but ds1's room is an utter pit - I've been nagging all summer and cracking down this week before he starts back at college next week. But when he goes to uni I'm gutting it!

Darkestseasonofall · 07/09/2020 14:33

Unless the Pope was coming my house is always fit for guests. Sure there's a few toys about but it wouldn't be uncomfortable for them.
Overnight guests would be grand, I'd scoot the dc into other rooms and change the bed and I'd be ready.
If you're constantly just moving things from place to place you'll always be miserable, get some black bags and have a clear out Grin

OverItAndTired · 07/09/2020 18:43

I do need to be ruthless I think - I would love it if people actually moved their own stuff rather than discarding it wherever !!

I think if I had people dropping over id need an hour but I wouldn't really feel comfortable- id have missed something or forgotten to wipe the loo over!

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mosscarpet · 07/09/2020 19:49

currently 4 dc, 3 dogs and 2 cats here.
I have spent a good few weeks sorting and tidying my house to get it back to its pre lockdown state. Mostly now sorted, and now that dc are back at school and dh is back at work I stand a fighting chance of keeping it that way!! I can't stand having clutter aoutnd, cant sit down or relax until it is tidy. Lots of storage (I have many kallax units!) and aplce for everything helps.
When dd1 comes back form uni though it degenerates in about 20 seconds - that girl is like a whirlwind and leaves stuff EVERYWHERE!!

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