What kind of a housekeeper are you?

P'Gell P'Gell
Just wondering.

I have a theory about housekeeping and sexual activity. Let's see.....

Your names will not be on the poll.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Immacuate. You CAN eat off the floor, Martha Stewart is jealous
6  (3%)
Very clean. I have no clutter, dust or stuff lying around
25  (13%)
Moderate. I do enough to keep it clean, but there are places that are messy
105  (53%)
Not a great housekeeper. I really have better things to do, and it's just going go get messy again
47  (24%)
You'd be afraid to take your shoes off
3  (2%)
Bad. The show "Hoarders" is coming to interview me next week
2  (1%)
WHY would anyone want to eat off the floor? That's why I have dishes.
7  (4%)
I live in the woods in a tent.
4  (2%)
Total votes: 199
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09/25/2010
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PassionQT PassionQT
I'll spot clean regularly, but I don't typically do thorough, "on-my-knees" cleaning more than once or twice a year.
09/25/2010
Envy Envy
Moderate. I do cleaning every week, but about once or month or so I do the 'deep' cleaning in my room. I.E. taking all my figurines off the shelf and dusting them with a blush brush and all that. Though lately I admit I've been slacking.

At work I do a better job, obviously.
09/25/2010
Alicia Alicia
As with most things I am kind of a split personality when it comes to cleaning. By nature I'm a pretty messy person. I'm kind of scattered and that shows in my house. BUT I have a tendency to have bursts of obsessiveness where I run around cleaning everything and I get a bit twitchy when things are then messed up.

I'm also not comfortable with my messiness. I see it as a fault and I get very embarrassed if people see my messes and will nervously clean when people are here. I often think my house is worse than it really is.

It's cluttered, I have way too much stuff and not nearly enough places to put it. I have three kids, a full time job and spend way too much time online LOL... so I do what I can but it's very rare that my house is spotless!
09/25/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
One of the great things about having booted my ex out is that the place can stay clean. He was an all-out slob - he let gravity take care of everything. And with me working full time at a physically demanding job, I had him take care of housecleaning (since he was always unemployed). Big mistake. Because of his inability to clean (and was half-ass when he did bother), we've got landlords after us.

(It's going to take forever to fix my rental history. I don't even know where to start!)

I'm not a neat freak, but there's a difference between decently clean and indecently filthy!
09/25/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I'm kind of between the first few choices...there are definitely areas with lots of stuff and organized clutter in my apartment... I have over a thousand books, more clothing and make-up than I know what to do with, etc...but although there might be a lot of stuff, everything is obnoxiously clean. No dust, no dirt, I like all surfaces to be sparkly clean. I vaccuum, scrub, clean, swiffer, etc. a few times a week.
09/25/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I really wanted to chose the last option. I would so do that.

We have two kids, three dogs and one cat, cleaning is a daily ritual. Maybe not "eat off the floor", but pretty clean. The wife works so that leaves me to do most of it.

To be honest, I love it! After ten years strait of 50-60 hr days working in a steel fab shop or out at the job site, this is cake work. To bad it doesn't pay as well.
09/25/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
i loathe housework. I do it because I have to. It is hardly spotless between work and child but I do the bare necessities to keep it livable.
09/25/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
People come and go, I aint running a mueseum. My house isnt dirty but its got a few messy spots. Its not spotless but its not discusting. I have dogs, and they contribute by shedding, and licking up crumbs.
09/25/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Well, I'm more than moderate and less than total germophobe. There may be an un-neat pile of books or papers on a desk but my counters and surface areas are definitely clean and disinfected. I hate having dirty clothes on the floor and used dishes stacked in the sink but I don't mind a bit of clutter of my office space. So... clutter is ok as long as it's dust-free and disinfected.

I am curious what your theory is though.
09/25/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
Just wondering.

I have a theory about housekeeping and sexual activity. Let's see.....

Your names will not be on the poll.
I lean towards moderate.
09/26/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I'm a total disaster, but I'm trying really really hard to improve and be more organized!
09/26/2010
Riccio Riccio
We furnished our apartment thinking about storage and cleaning. I do not enjoy cleaning, but I cannot stand a messy environment. I do most of the cleaning, and I am always looking for ways to clean faster and better.

Our tasks are on a "daily - weekly - monthly - semi-annually" list: for example, sweeping is daily, dusting and mopping is weekly, mopping and steaming the floors is monthly, cleaning the wall sconces and overhead fixtures is a dreaded semi-annual event.

I have just bought a steam "pistol" to clean the shutters, and used it yesterday to clean the kitchen counters and cabinets. Best money I have ever spent on a cleaning device!

My theory is that a clean home inspires really "dirty" sex!
09/26/2010
onehotmomma onehotmomma
If you would have asked me 4 months ago before my 2nd kid was born I'd be in the "martha stewart" immaculate category. Yes, even with a 2 1/2 year old running around I managed to mop, dust, vaccuum daily..sometimes more than once. Now with baby number 2 I can't keep up, but it's still extremely clean. I just mop once a week now lol.

By the way- my cleaning is not a good thing. When I get really frustrated or upset I clean, and I mean super clean. Since baby number 2 came I think I'm a lot less stressed than I used to be!
09/26/2010
Kayla Kayla
I'm not horrid, but I'm not great. Not really a concern of mine since that's everything the boyfriend deals with. I'd probably be better if I actually had to worry about it.
09/26/2010
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
Not that great. I have 3 tornadoes that go through and mess it up as soon as it's been cleaned....so my motivation is kinda lacking.
09/26/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot'n'Bothered
Not that great. I have 3 tornadoes that go through and mess it up as soon as it's been cleaned....so my motivation is kinda lacking.
I found a magnet with a wise ditty while working at a thrift store:

"Cleaning the house while children are growing,
is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing."
09/26/2010
Sir Sir
Extremely clean.

Even if I do not clean, if the person that I have ordered to clean has not done a good job, or up to MY standards, they get punished.

Yes...I am quite obsessive compulsive when it comes to cleaning.
09/26/2010
VieuxCarre VieuxCarre
Very clean. I'm not allowed to have anything dirty or unkempt. I'm also expected to clean on the regular basis and not let things pile up over the course of a week.

Tis part of the job description. I love it
09/26/2010
Kim! Kim!
If I kept an immaculate home I wouldn't get homework done. Besides, with a nearly 5 year old in here I think that is nearly impossible. It isn't dirty, I don't believe in mopping floors but in actually scrubbing them, which gets done at least once a week. However, there are usually toys on the floor and often a pile of textbooks near my couch or desk, and laundry does not always get folded immediately.
09/26/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
I have OCD, it's not the "Oh, I'm so OCD about my clothes" or something like that, I actually suffer from the disorder. I've had to let a LOT of baggage and issues go for the health of myself and my family. I FORCE myself to tolerate some things that I might otherwise think are "germy" while other things I have to take care of. My bathroom, our toilets, my sex toys and things in my kitchen like chicken (OMG SALMONELLA) are things I DO NOT leave alone. Those have to be cleaned up, but most of the other stuff.....

I also have issues with living a life spent with fighting entropy. Entropy is always going to win. I don't want to waste my life and also cause distress to My Man and my children.

Both My Man and I are pile people. We both think "Spatially" (which is how a lot of actual full blown Hoarders think) and I know, (for the most part) where things are in my piles. That doesn't mean I don't lose stuff. But, we go through our piles periodically to keep them manageable. But, very often I can locate things in what other people might term disorder. I have a hard time throwing things away, but I MAKE myself, because it only adds to more disorder. I don't mind "cleaning" I just have issues with "stuff." (Like most Americans, we have too freaking much of it.) I also don't want to waste my life cleaning, and organizing when I could be doing more interesting things with my time.

My Mother In Law cannot entertain, because her house must stay "perfect" and My Man was raised in this hermetically sealed environment. She spends hours a day, MOST of the day doing things that don't need to be done. Does a 74 year old women HAVE TO wash walls and then paint them herself, three or four times a year? So, of course, he's pretty messy. When I met him, he was living with his parents and his mother was still doing his laundry and cleaning his room. This blew me away. She told me, "He can't do it right, so I have to do it. To make sure it gets done right." I knew something was wrong with that. (He got his own place not too long after, thank Heaven.) My mother is similar, although she didn't DO things for me, anything I did, organizationally, cleaning wise, decorating etc, was always "wrong" and she would get angry and have to re-do these things. I swore I'd never do that to my kids, and so far I haven't.

I'm of two minds of this stuff. I HATE to do it, My Man has issues because he doesn't know what he wants. He wants my time, he wants me to himself, and yet still finds the strength to complain that the house isn't always "clean enough." But, he chose ME knowing I wasn't going to waste my life the way his mother has. Although he wouldn't admit she wastes it. "She uses her time." NO, she wastes time, and has missed out on a lifetime of interesting experiences, and relationships, in order to stay home.....and clean.

It's always a battle. I hate germs, yet refuse to give in to it too much. I also know if I have an hour in the afternoon, I'm going to play with a toddler, or take my Little One to the library, not think up new ways to move things around and clean behind them. One of the Curses of being American is having Stuff. I don't have a "A place for everything" mentality, for some of our stuff, so it's still a battle. I think the things I really prize and think are worth my time and effort (my books, my clothes, my toys, my kitchen things, my lactation supplies) are organized, but stuff that builds up, papers, everyone else's clothes, shoes, God know what else, are still in limbo.

So, we make piles. I actually have a closet I haven't opened in about 2 years. I have NO idea what is in there, and should probably just let My Man get in there and toss everything, but, I PUT things in there for years with the intention of "keeping this stuff safe" now I can't remember what is in there.

So, I have a choice to spend all day worrying about dog hair, and "dirt" and germs OR live my life in a way that is tolerable to other people and will actually net me the end of LIVING, not just cleaning "stuff." Also, with migraines and fibromyalgia, I have to use my time and energy wisely, or I won't HAVE energy, and have added pain, when there is something really worth doing like making love to My Man. It takes energy. I NEVER want to say to him, "I'm too burned out and exhausted from cleaning this house to have sex tonight." NEVER! Choices have to be made, not just for the moment, but for one's health and even the health of one's relationship. It's difficult.

Who said being an adult was going to be easy?

I know too many people (mostly women) who, by the end of the day, are either "too tired" or too angry about the messes they felt they "had to" clean up to engage in healthy, relationship building activities like sex and love. I'm not seeing a lot of this here (on Edens, which is good) but I sure see a lot of it in real life.

My guess is most people aren't this conflicted about "housework" but it does or can take a substantial amount of one's time and cause great anxiety and exhaustion to some of us. So, I thought I'd ask about it.
09/26/2010
SexyySarah SexyySarah
I'm not picky, if it can wait till tomorrow it does! LOL
09/26/2010
kinky girlfriend kinky girlfriend
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
Just wondering.

I have a theory about housekeeping and sexual activity. Let's see.....

Your names will not be on the poll.
If I wasn't sick to my stomach all the time I would have a very clean room...not spotless but deep clean once a month and probly do cleanup twice a week,like vacume,organize things,take out garbage,once a week probly clean the wooden surfaces,just dust or wipe and probly once a month hot rag and soap

Then I would mop all the house floors once a week and vacumme once a week. I would so some cleaning as I see it needed like oh the bathroom counter needs a little scrub down or garbage changed. I would try to go through all cupboards in the house organize and throw things away every few monthes.
09/26/2010
kinky girlfriend kinky girlfriend
Quote:
Originally posted by Riccio
We furnished our apartment thinking about storage and cleaning. I do not enjoy cleaning, but I cannot stand a messy environment. I do most of the cleaning, and I am always looking for ways to clean faster and better.

Our tasks are on a ... More
I belive in your theory. A very mess unoranized bedroom is very un sexy and even gets in the way. how about something stuck between the wall and mattress making irritating sounds everytime someone moves or something in the bed poking your back? or a few dirty dishes or something spilled on the carpet and it smells.
09/26/2010
Lavender*Moon Lavender*Moon
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot'n'Bothered
Not that great. I have 3 tornadoes that go through and mess it up as soon as it's been cleaned....so my motivation is kinda lacking.
I only have 2...but I feel the same way. I clean the living room and by the time I'm done in the kitchen it looks like I didn't do anything. Heck, I can clean then sit down to watch a t.v. show and they'll both be pulling things back out just to drop them on the floor!
09/26/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I found a magnet with a wise ditty while working at a thrift store:

"Cleaning the house while children are growing,
is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing."
LOL exactly!

I have a frame that has this poem in it:

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rock-a-bye, Lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek-peek-a-boo).
The shopping is not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there is a hullabaloo.
But I'm playing "Kanga" and this is my "Roo."
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rock-a-bye, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
09/27/2010
Madeira Madeira
On my own, I'm incredibly messy, but since moving in with my girlfriend I've become almost obsessively neat in order to make her happy.
09/27/2010
Riccio Riccio
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I have OCD, it's not the "Oh, I'm so OCD about my clothes" or something like that, I actually suffer from the disorder. I've had to let a LOT of baggage and issues go for the health of myself and my family. I FORCE myself to ... More
P'Gell, if you have not opened that closet in two years and cannot remember what is there, the you should get rid of the contents, because you don't need those items as much as you need the space.

I know how difficult this is; I periodically cull books from my shelves and give them to my students or a library; the rest I give to a used-book dealer. It is painful, but liberating.

May I make a suggestion? Set a date and a time limit for the two of you to empty that closet. Make the task a game of speed and skill. Your only goals are to empty it within the time, and make sure that no valuable documents are thrown away.

When the closet space is available, the piles will migrate to their new home! Have fun.
09/27/2010
softkkisses softkkisses
My house is clean not spotless I have kids.
09/27/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Alicia
LOL exactly!

I have a frame that has this poem in it:

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is ... More
I LOVE IT!!!!
09/27/2010
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