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    My mum was just an organised person, she grew up in a 2 bedroom cottage with 7 people in it then did old school nursing training so became a neat, tidy person out of necessity is how she explains it.
    Growing up on a farm we were allowed to make mess and have fun, but it always got cleaned up and packed away after. She would let the house go for a few days if we were busy doing other things, then send us out with dad and go on a cleaning rampage.
    I think I've picked up a lot of her habits and I think it's actually great because I learned how to run a household, I'll happily let the house go if we're having a party etc, but I need my space after to get things back the way I like them.
    I just like my things organised. Otherwise I start worrying about all the jobs that need to be done and it gets overwhelming.

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    We are living with mil ATM as we wait for a few things to change and I am OCD over clutter etc. my mum is a hoarder and I just don't want to end up like her.

    I actually throw things out that we probably need etc even kids toys! I hate mess but since having kids I have learnt I need relax more

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    My mother was always cleaning. And I was always made to clean a lot (even in high school I would never leave the house once to see friends because I was spending all day cleaning from breakfast until dinner, my chore list was huge). But the house was never show room despite this. My mother hoards a bit. Not telly worthy but right now they have 5 bedroom house, 3 car garage and two back sheds, it's just her and my father and the house is chock full. There is even a room that cannot be walked into beyond a couple of feet.
    So I didn't want that for my kids, cleaning all the time. It made me very resentful and as a result when I moved out, I was a slob. I'm coming good now though and my house is mostly clean. But I actually had this discussion with hubby the other day. Sometimes my house isn't pristine and sometimes I end up vacuuming 5 times in a day, but I want my kids to enjoy being able to make a little mess, and then learn how to pack away. And because they are little, their cleaning isn't perfect so I pick up the slack.
    I have neighbours whose houses are immaculate all the time, but I figure they have less kids which helps and also, their kids aren't allowed sandpits or playdough or craft etc because it's "too messy". I just don't want to restrict my kids like that. Like I was. It works for them and there's no issues, it's just not how I want to live.

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    It's ok. On any one day there might be craft stuff etc across the table, toys on the floor, clean laundry in baskets rather than sorted, stuff on the kitchen counters. But it's never more than an hour away from looking pretty much spotless. I stay on top of cleaning, vacuuming, dusting etc just so the house is enjoyable to be in but the clutter of life and living does not bother me. I don't mind doing housework at all. I have no interest in a show home though so not reaching that standard has no negative effect on me.

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    Mine is neither clean nor tidy. The worst bit at the moment is we have heaps of mice so you can clean a cupboard out and it will be dirty the next day. I don't have time to deal with that amount of cleaning.

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    I'm finding it interesting to read the childhood experiences and how they have shaped how clean people are as adults.

    I lived in a very large, old house, which = a LOT of work to keep clean. My mum returned to work when I was late primary school, & tbh she didn't manage really well with the transition back to work. She worked long hours in a hard job though. My siblings and I were required to cook dinner each night and do the dishes/ clean the kitchen, we had to do the washing a few times a week in the old twin-tub machine & hang it on the line, fold, sort, and put it away, we had to vacuum, sweep/mop, dust, and tidy the house a few times a week, and we had to clean out the fireplace and light the fire each night. We had to clean the bathrooms, etc. This was all after school - which we had to walk 45 mins each way to get to, and was an expensive private school with 2- 3 hours homework per night. We would do between 1-2 hours of housework per night. I ended up getting a part time job at age 15 because I hated the endless housework and needed to escape it!

    Now as an adult, I am tidy, and clutter really stresses me out. I expect the kids to pick up their toys and put their clutter away, and I clean up the kitchen and household mess regularly throughout the day. I hate crumbs etc on the benches, so they get wiped regularly. I NEVER dust, or clean the oven or windows. I'll mop the house and clean the bathroom maybe once a month. Toilets are usually daily. I vacuum once a week. I sweep up food crumbs after each meal. I wash regularly but use the dryer way too often! I change the sheets maybe fortnightly. So I am 'tidy' but rarely dedicate time to housework apart from the regular day to day stuff.

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    Mine is a pigsty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Zeddie View Post
    Our house is quite small and cluttered so becomes messy so easily! I know I should clean wayyyy more then I do. The one thing I do everyday is vacuum. We have 3 cats so the fur would be unbearable if I didn't. I have always felt that if I had more storage space then the house would be a lot tidier.
    Yes same here (though no cats or other pets here).

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    I've gradually de-cluttered over the last few years. Each house I've moved to I've gotten rid of more and more stuff. As a consequence, our house isn't too bad. It's a little bit untidy right now, but I could get it looking very clean and tidy within 20 minutes, easily, because we don't actually have very much stuff. The kids hardly have any toys and I tend to clean fairly regularly. I try to put things away straight after using them.
    I like to have the place pretty tidy most of the time; I feel stressed if it's messy.

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    I don't honestly know whether I'm naturally a tidy freak or a messy person... I think probably I'm naturally messy really.. Bcos I'm a bit of a hoarder with shoes & clothes.. But bcos I'm aware of it I try to be tough on myself & do a clear our fairly frequently...I mean my house is completely socially acceptable.. But I definitely have too many clothes & shoes!
    But having said that.. I can only handle mess for a limited period of time & then I go crazy tidying & cleaning almost obsessively! Activity with a purpose (like cleaning/tidying) is great for my soul & mental health.. I can struggle with anxiety & tidying is a great antidote!
    We've just moved in to my in laws house.. Which is huge.. And we basically have everything we need downstairs.. But man o man.. It's being tough making everything fit! I've filled FIVE bags for st vinnies!!

    It's very easy for me to become messy... But I can only handle it for so long & then it freaks me out TOO much & I have to sort it out!


 

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