questionshow clean is your house?

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All my kids are older (25-32) and 3 of the 4 have moved back at one time or another (only one in the house these days).

I'll just give you a hint - some things NEVER change. Luckily his wife is way less messy than he his.

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@mtm2: I'm just so blasted frustrated! I've been traveling a lot lately, and it looks as though every leaf in the yard blew in the back door, but apparently everyone here has just been stepping over them. Argh!

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Clean or clutter-free? My wife seems to buy new clothing often, yet I never see anything go out the other way. There is a path through our bedroom that winds around our bed and her "stuff". YMMV.

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Well, mine is always messy, so I have no good advice to offer, other than this: Your house is probably not NEARLY as bad as you think it is!

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A few years ago I took a few pictures of DD's room. A friend who authored several books on ADHD and who speaks at national conferences on ADHD challenges featured one of this pictures in one of her books AND in her presentations. It's always funny to be sitting in an audience of several thousand people and suddenly see my daughter's bedroom appear on the big screens.

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@belyndag: Looks to me like a tornado would do some great house cleaning for you in that room. Perhaps one of those trucks they use to vacuum the streets with; they have extension hoses you could run right in through the window...spotless in moments!

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@belyndag: We found that we could choose to be upset or just go with it. It's amazing when how much they can do when you stand over them with the car keys - "you want to go you have 10 minutes...if not done, no keys". Of course that doesn't help with younger ones.

My worse mess maker married one just as bad. You realy don't want to know what their place looks like. It would look better if I'd have set a bomb off inside.

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@belyndag: OhMyGod! I don't even want to KNOW what that is hanging on the doorknob!

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@belyndag: Are those 3 of the Christmas flying woot monkeys on the bed???

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@dontwantaname: No, those are three actual handmade sock monkeys, lovingly stiched by my late grandmother. Notice that two of them are dressed in overalls and gingham shirts that she also made. I always thought my grandmother INVENTED sock monkeys!

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My house is generally "company ready." It's not spotless, but it is picked up and clean, most of the time. With the glaring exception of the weeks when my dogs "blow coat" - those times, my house is absolutely covered in fluffy while stuff and the dust that comes with it. No amount of grooming and vacuuming makes this go away.
(Caveat: My husband is generally "neat" - even more than I am. He keeps his small packrat habit to his office. We have no kids, and I stay home... so, it's pretty much my main job - cook/clean/etc.)

FYI - Unless your house is fit for the show Hoarders, no one judges. Most people's homes are not museum quality ever, let alone 24/7.

@belyndag: That's what my room looked like until I had my own apartment.

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it's fairly clean, but usually cluttered. There's a difference between cleanliness and neatness/organization.

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My house gets a cleaning about once every 1-2 weeks, if you catch it on the end of those weeks its a bit messy.. Ferret toys and boxs they use for toys everywhere... bedding from when they climb in and out everywhere!

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Thanks for this post, it has spurred me to clean the house haha :) What better to do this hour of the night! Bathrooms done so far, kitchens next .

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Add an additional cat and you have my house more often than not. Part of our problem stems from people loving to cover any flat surface with something that doesn't belong there and being back in our first starter home (we kept it during all our years in the Navy). I've nicknamed it The Doll House as it's on the very small side.

It was great when the kids were young, but as they grew in size, so did their stuff. Now we have a home wedged full of furniture/books/heirlooms we've amassed over the years to fill much roomier houses. Shifting some of it to eldest daughter's room after she moved out, giving away things, & remodeling the kitchen & breakfast nook hasn't helped us much space-wise.

The dust & pet hair makes me crazy. My woot-purchased Dyson gets a work out every other day. We've 2 miniature Aussies along with the cats & I cannot understand how pets can shed SO MUCH HAIR every day & not be bald. HOW?!

I need a schedule & stick with it faithfully, but life gets in the way.

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I generally keep the downstairs pretty organized, along with my bedroom and the guest. I try to clean them every two weeks or when they need it. But don't think about going in to either my office bedroom or craft bedroom, there's a path in and you use that same path to get out. Come spring they will get cleaned.

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Our first floor is pretty good, the second floor forget it.

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Clean as a baby's bottom! Oh...wait...

Ours is not cluttered, but if you look closely, you'll see dust on surfaces and cat hair on the curtains. As long as our space is functional, we're not really clean freaks.

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@lavikinga: Love miniature Aussies! We have a border collie (aging) who sheds enough that I could knit a blanket from a week's worth of the fluff she leaves around. Add that to the shih tzu fur and the cat far and my Roomba (Rosie) can't keep up. I sweep/vacuum the kitchen and breakfast room daily, just because I can't stand the possibility of pet hair getting into the food. Of course, as soon as I vacuum the dark burgundy rug in the living room, the dogs are inspired to roll over and rub their backs on it. (sigh)

One thing I have bi*ed about for years is that every time I clear out a pile of accumulated "stuff" the family has piled up, someone seems to spot the newly clean area and says "Oh, look! An empty spot! I can put something there!" Urgh!

It's gotten tougher to get anyone to help around here since the kiddos now have their own money and own cars. Can't take away the car keys or threaten to ground them anymore. And grounding DH is nearly impossible.

I think I need a wife.

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As a teenager, my room looked like that picture, too. In the last 5 years or so (I'll be 40 soon), I've finally gotten better at keeping the house cleaner. My Neato vac and robo-mopper have definitely helped. I have a cleaner come in once a month to wipe down the walls/baseboards/windowsills, deep clean the floors and bathroom, and wipe down all of my shelves and cubbies. $65 and totally worth it. My teenage daughter keeps the door to her room closed. :D

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My mother and I live together in a large old house. It's always presentable but definitely not perfect. We clean it once a week(-ish). Most Sundays we have brunch with a couple bottles worth of mimosa and then we get to it. Though sometimes we don't feel like it or aren't around and skip a week. My mother used to be an obsessive clean freak, fully cleaning every single day. But then we were robbed and she realized that it just isn't worth obsessing over. The ephemerality of "stuff" and all. Why try too hard at attempting perfection when there are books to read and things to do? As long as the major living surfaces are kept clean (kitchen/bathroom/beds), the rest can be a little dusty and cat-hairy 'til we get to it.

Though I'll admit the clothing mounds on the trunk and dresser in my room are quite magnificent in height. I put all away nicely but within hours they pile up again. It's magic! And don't even get me started on our closets.They're all damned overstuffed portals to Narnia.

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Except for when I am in Art Mode, my house is neat but never clean. When I am in Art Mode the house has art materials strewn everywhere, but the rest of the time my house is guest-ready. I have a dog and a cat, I love to have my doors and windows open in nice weather, and I live in a very dusty town. The inside of my house is littered with dog and cat hair, leaves that blow in off my trees, and a thin film of dust. I sweep and wipe most Sunday mornings, but I don't fuss over it as I know I will have the doors open all weekend and the dust, leaves and pet hairs will replenish themselves quite quickly. My mom was one of those psycho cleaners. She would scrub the baseboards with a toothbrush once a month and weekends to her were a 12 hour a day cleaning opportunity and all of us kids were press ganged at the end of a paddle into spending our weekends on hands and knees cleaning. No thanks, I'd rather have leaves blowing through the living room.

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@belyndag: You and I were separated at birth! I know EXACTLY what you mean about a freshly vacuumed rug prompting a sudden backscratching urge. My roomba has issues--I think it's the motherboard. My hardwood floors & I miss it.

I am seriously thinking about having one of the aussies de-thatched or something similar. Her coat is so different from the other dog. She has so, so much undercoat. All the grooming in the world can't seem to get rid of it.

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@lavikinga: DD is a groomer. I will ask her for recommendations about the de-thatching.

Funny thing about having a daughter who went to school to be a dog groomer and does it for a living. Our dogs are oh-so-rarely groomed! And, yes, this is the same daughter whose room is pictured above.

The worst thing lately is that I have been traveling for most of the past month on four different short trips. It appears that everyone here must have broken both arms and both legs while I was away. Dishes they put in the sink before I left were still there when I returned 3 or 4 days later. Urgh! I did NOT clean them up, they finally did after I insisted, but I am sick of nagging all the time. Maybe I should run away from home.

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I grew up in a house with a hoarder. Our house was not quite as bad as the ones on the TV show but not far off either. As a result I am a neat freak. I hate when things start to pile up and have even gotten in trouble from the wife for just throwing things away. I am not sentimental at all so if something is just taking up space and not being used, I toss it, no matter who or where it came from.
There is a pair of god-awful ugly throw pillows that my wife got from a favorite aunt for our wedding that she would never display ordinarily but keeps around in case said aunt is going to visit. Otherwise they stay in our linen closet gathering dust. I have tried to toss these numerous times only to find them rescued from the trash and returned to their place. They aren't hurting anything by being there but somehow just that thought of them sitting there, serving no purpose other than taking up room, drives me nuts. I guess I have the opposite compulsion as a hoarder.

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@kirkjolly: Ah, but they do serve a purpose. They allow your wife to show respect to her aunt. Things have two values. One is their commercial/usefulness value. The other value is emotional, and can include a wide variety of concepts such as a remembrance of times past, a connection to people far away or passed, a symbol of something important, etc. Many people share an emotional connection for the colorful scrap of fabric that makes up the American flag or the simple shape that creates a cross. For most people, emotional items are of far greater importance than commercially valuable ones. If you have people make a list of the three things they would carry out of a burning house (after all living creatures have been evacuated), most people will list items of purely personal or sentimental value and leave the objects of commecial value behind. I can replace the TV and the computers, but I could never replace the stuffed animals my grandmother sewed for me when I was a baby.

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@moondrake: I agree with you to a point but those things that have special meaning to people are just things. What makes them special is the memories that go with them. If something happened and you did lose your hand sewn stuffed animals from your grandmother, would that diminish what she meant to you or the memories you have of her? Granted, it would be sad, but it wouldn't make you instantly forget her.

If my wife's throw pillows had been hand sewn by her aunt and she later died and that was the last thing she ever received from her aunt, then maybe I could live with it. But that's not the story. They are just an ugly wedding gift bought from a store that the aunt probably would never even remember giving to us if my wife didn't trot them out everytime she visited which is infrequently (She lives out of state). That's why they bother me. They serve no purpose other than to obey some crazy imposed social obligation. My wife even admits that she does not like them. Go figure.

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@magic cave: LOL! I've tried that before. No one seems to notice the mess but me. I was weak. I caved (no pun intended) when the dishes on the countertops started to get fuzzy.

Re: My daughter's room -- both kids are upstairs. I don't go up there at all unless I just can't avoid it. If I can just keep the downstairs clean I am happy (more or less). I am working on a major declutter and have mostly gotten the bonus room done, but the day to day mess still irks me. I'm sure the downstairs isn's as bad as I might think, but other people's houses always seem so clean and neat. Maybe they just aren't as cluttered with Woot stuff as mine. LOL!

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@belyndag: It seems to me that some things like cleaning turn into a game of "uncle". Whoever breaks and cries "Uncle!" first does the cleaning. In the meantime all the players suffer. Living alone, there's no contest. It's just a matter of when my desire to have a clean house supersedes my desire to do the hundred other things that are calling for my attention and time.

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@moondrake: Yup, and I scream "Uncle!" first every time!

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My place? Clean?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA

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HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH..

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I am lucky in that I live alone in a three bedroom house. I'm not normally a SUPER clean person, but I find that living alone, the only mess you have to clean up is the one that YOU make....and you have to stay on top of it. It's like going to the gym, as long as you get there, you'll finish your workout. Just force yourself to start cleaning and you'll just keep on cruising, and then you'll get the rewarding feeling of clean, nice looking house!

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@johnnys13: That's why my office always stayed clean: no one to clean up after but myself!