I agree with you - the way you keep your home is a reflection on yourself- did you see the study recently that said creative people are far more likely to live among chaos. It goes as far to say that if you don't, then you are vey unlikely to be creative. I found that funny. I am a creative person - and chaos is my middle name.
HOw do you guys who clean all the time find the time to do anything else?
Last edited by beebs; 30-09-2014 at 12:21.
I'm not creative at all, and I can let my housework slip, but I feel anxious if my house gets really messy. However with three kids, studying, my love for the outdoors and an active lifestyle, plus being social I certainly don't spend all my time cleaning. I would much rather grab my pushbike and ride to the beach with a friend for a few hours, than sit inside and read/sew/cook/play musical instruments/draw/whatever else. Different strokes for different folks.
When I studied full time I had a cleaner. She came on a Monday. So Sunday afternoon the whole family would spend an hour tidying up properly and putting everything away in it's proper spot so that the cleaner could come and clean, and then go home.
My house is not 'display home' clean. It used to be, before kids (with 5 pets all living indoors. I have always vacuumed a lot!)...but as long as it's reasonably clean I'm happy. My kitchen and bathroom cupboards desperately need a clean out and tidy but I can't be bothered. One day it will get to me enough that I'll go mad and clean it all but that day isn't today! haha It's obvious kids live here too...but meh, that's part and parcel of having kids. I do my best to be on top of it though (IKEA storage to make clean up easier for the kids...so they have a box for smiggle, a box for the train set, a box for Sylvanian Families etc.) but my girl's room drives me nuts. They love little trinkets and ornaments so they have trinkets and ornaments everywhere...it's cluttered and bugs me, but I also appreciate that they need to be able to have their room how they like as well so I just deal with it, as long as everything is in its 'spot' when I need to dust the room, and they put their toys away at the end of the day I'm okay.
Last edited by Full House; 30-09-2014 at 12:46.
My house has a sign saying please remove your shoes. But not everyone does it.
I didn't read the 'stepford wife' comment as aimed particularly at you. You are certainly not alone in placing a high priority on keeping your home cleaner than average. Each to their own I say!
I honestly don't know how you manage to "do it all" as they say. But I am up for learning more - which is why I read threads like this in the first place. I quite liked your idea of breaking things up into manageable pieces of 5 minutes here and there - and was thinking I was going to have to give it a try.
I just mentioned the study because it made so much sense, regarding my chaotic nature and that of my friends and family....it wasn't supposed to be insulting to others at all.
I'm sorry if it came across that way - I will delete it.
Last edited by beebs; 30-09-2014 at 12:59.
I've changed it - hope it is better. But I would like to say that I am similar to you in that I have kids, who have friends, we are a social bunch. We often have kids and their parents over etc. I wasn't trying to say that being creative trumps that in any way at all.
I also don't mean to say that any of that stuff, being social or creative, or reading trumps housework..if that is what someone enjoys doing then more power. I just personally don't understand, and it's because I literally despise housework. I have a cleaner once and week and I still hate it - and am still no good at it. It drives me insane.
So sorry again - I wasn't trying to be mean.
The reality is my house may be messy from 4 kids but it is clean. I don't believe requiring someone to take their shoes off though is necessary. I want my guests to be comfortable and what had been said here again and again is that it makes some people very uncomfortable to have to remove their shoes. I would hate my guests to be made to feel that way.
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