For years I worked in temporary darkrooms It usually took 12 minutes to set up. I always had a vertical print washer with a quick connect to connect to the kitchen or bathroom sink and kept the print washer on a rolling cart so it would store in the closet or murphy bed storage area or porch I was using for a darkroom and roll out into the kitchen for hookup while I was printing. I would roll out the washer and carry in one large (stainless steel commercial kitchen) bucket of water into the darkroom and mix the chemistry into the trays with the last tray a water holding bath - occasionally moving them out to the print washer.
For the windows and doors- weather stripping can do a lot and I had velcro edged light proof cloth panels in some darkrooms and wood panels with felt light trap edges on others. I've seen some neat simple roll down shades ( you can buy some that are "black out" shades ) that travel down between light traps and sometimes simply rolling up a towel for the bottom of the door can help a lot. Printing only at night also makes things easier. I worked on a porch for a year or two that could only be used at night- one time it got cold enough the developer stopped working so I ended up with the tray sitting on an oil-filled space heater to keep it going.
With a dedicated darkroom it's it more like 5-7 minutes to get started and that's mostly spent picking out the right music and waiting for the safelight to warm up. I might add that if it takes me more than 15 minutes to get the darkroom ready then by I lose all my inspiration and inertia takes over and I get almost no work done. With a quick start up I can work for four hours steady, take a break to change the chemistry, and do another four hour session, it seems I keep my enthusiasm up more readily when the darkroom is quick at hand.
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