How clean ARE you?

  • OptimusMatt

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    Jun 13, 2007 10:52 AM GMT
    Hey all

    Ok, so I just spent the week watching my great-aunt's house while she went away on vacation. My aunt is like, a child of the 40's, she grew up getting Christmas gifts from the Salv Army, yadayada - my great-grandparents were shit-poor. My aunt, like almost all of their children, made a life for herself and owns her own business, and it's pretty damn profitable - she's living REALLY comfortably now.

    The problem is, the woman is a complete packrat - I mean, it's SO BAD we're at the point now where if I'm over there doing something, she'll just hand me her debit card and say "Go buy what we need, it's faster to buy a new one than to search for the current one"

    o.O

    So after spending a week limiting myself to two rooms (her kitchen and her living room...I just slept on the couch...it's a REALLY comfortable couch!) I came back home...and like, compulsively cleaned my bedroom. I am by far NOT a clean freak - I mean, I like a clean space, but I'm not neurotic about it..unlike my father, who I've nick-named the cleaning nazi. But after spending a week in utter chaos, it's caused me to wonder exactly what standards are like 'the norm'?

    I mean, clutter is one thing, like, too many knickknacks is irritating but not annoying - every square inch of every flat surface in your house covered in something...that's kinda 'iffy'. So - how clean ARE you guys?

    I mean, really, I only have one bedroom to worry about (I live with my parents now) and just generally picking up after myself - but I remember when I was living on my own it was a little more difficult to maintain. I tended to clean once a week or so, but dishes tended to pile up...I however attribute that to my lack of a dishwasher - growing up with one certainly leaves you hurting for it when you no longer have one.
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    Jun 13, 2007 11:46 AM GMT
    I was raised by neat freaks, so that may have something to do with why I'm such a slob. The two areas I do keep clean are the kitchen and my bathroom. Dirty kitchens and bathrooms gross me out.
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    Jun 13, 2007 2:17 PM GMT
    We just moved from a 1000 ft2 condo in SoCal to an almost 2000 ft2 house in AZ with a huge yard, garage, and detached workshop. We have A LOT of stuff and there is nothing like a move to streamline your life! The only problem with our move this time was professional packers: they packed absolutely everything, so I have had to go back through and throw away again all those items we don't need or use. It is going to be tough keeping everything clean clean clean and tidy as there are now several rooms we won't really use and so the tide of flotsam will inevitably leave a "ring" in those seldom-used rooms...
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    Jun 13, 2007 2:46 PM GMT
    A good rule of them that my partner and I have adopted is if we have not worn (clothing) in 6 months off to good-will. Kitchen gadgets (I cannot stand to have appliances on my counter tops) if we do not use it frequently then it must be in the pantry. More frequently used appliances have homes in the cupboard.

    With 3 large dogs in the house, if we do not vaccuum or have the cleaning lady in with some frequency the hair would pile up. clearly, this is not something that I will allow. I am a self-professed clean freak; my parents were the same way, however I had relatives and grand parents that I dreaded to visit because of the stench that eminated from their homes - the thought of it still makes me gag to this day.

    I would be mortified if I had friends come over and have something out of order (aside from maybe a glass or two in the sink). It doesn't take that much effort to keep things tidy. Simply buying a duplicate item just because things are in such disarray makes no sense to me - not that I am passing any judgement - just not how I would choose to live. It would make me crazy if I could only use a limited part of my home due to clutter...

    Peace -
    t.
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    Jun 13, 2007 2:48 PM GMT
    first sentence:
    A good rule of THUMB, not "them"....lord.
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    Jun 13, 2007 2:59 PM GMT
    Helga, I'm not mad at you. I'm mad at the dirt. Remember Joan Crawford/Faye Dunaway in Mommmie Dearest. I can also remember the bathroom scene and also the wire hanger.

    Bio Matty you have a way to make me laugh my ass off. You are great....really cute.

    zak
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    Jun 13, 2007 3:05 PM GMT
    I like to have a clean space to live in. My house is not "spotless" or dust free, but it's not messy. I vacuum, sweep and mop once a week, clean the bathroom every couple days and hate to let too many dishes pile up. It got to the point that we had to wash dishes to use them, so I threw everything out and bought a set of 8 of everything. I don't keep anything but the coffee pot and toaster on the counter, though the toaster doesn't get used.
    I even tend to pick up thing at my best friends house; drives her totally nuts.
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    Jun 13, 2007 3:13 PM GMT
    The are basically two varieties of OCD. One variety features the ultra-clean-freak. The other has the so-called hoarding variety. I live with the latter.

    I open a drawer in the kitchen and there are 178 envelopes of Chinese mustard. No butter pat can be left on a restaurant table. Mail is not meant to be thrown away. It makes lovely knee-high sculpture. Clothing makes great furniture throws. Meanwhile, the cat food is alphabetized and the washing machine and dishwasher are constantly run. But the dishwasher is not trustworthy. You must take everything out and air-dry it all over the kitchen. Flowers are planted helter-skelter in the front yard. You can't mow the grass while they're in bloom. Soultion? Simple. Get on your hands and knees with a pair of scissors. I could go on.

    We live in a 4,000-sq-ft house and rooms are designated sloth or sloth-free. I am not "neat" but I live with someone who has utterly no sense of order. Perhaps you can tell I have feelings about it.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jun 13, 2007 4:25 PM GMT
    OW

    Awesome

    truly a LOL moment.
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    Jun 13, 2007 7:28 PM GMT
    Give me a square room I could just hose down once and a while - that would be ideal, but I am affraid I fall into the OCD category. I get it from my dad. The last time I visited him I was having a conversation w/ him , and at one point I noticed he was not listening. I followed his point of focus - a picture hanging on the wall - slightly off balance. I said :
    " Dad, just go fix it." He did, and then we resumed our conversation.
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    Jun 13, 2007 8:47 PM GMT
    I color-code my closet, and my partner spends a half-hour every other week repositioning items that the cleaning boys didn't put back into place "just right" after dusting.
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    Jun 13, 2007 9:12 PM GMT
    Yeah, I've frequently told friends about my idea for a "hose-down house." Tile the walls and make all the furniture from marine upholstery. Put a big drain in the middle of the floor. Crank up the fire hose every morning after breakfast.
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    Jun 13, 2007 10:10 PM GMT
    well you can get a honda element if you want a hose down car. you cam hose down the insides of those so i hear.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 13, 2007 10:58 PM GMT
    What can I say...I'm gay and a Capricorn
    ...I break into a sweat if there's dish left in the dishwasher that hasn't been put away...
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    Jun 13, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    Fall and spring cleaning every year from top to bottom. (No pun intended) Whatever I have not used in the last year gets given away.

    Kitchen and Baths have to be super clean at all times. My bedding must get changed each week.

    I go through my little paper piles every 6 months or so. Depending on what is happening in my life, things may be a bit out of place but being clean in close to Godliness.

    No excuss to keep up a clean home, it takes minutes to clean up after on self.

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    Jun 14, 2007 12:26 AM GMT
    I like things to be in their place but by no means overdo it (according to me! lol, many of my friends would disagree!). That said, I have a thing for coming home to a bed that's made up and having a presentable living room. The closet is color coded, as well.
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    Jun 14, 2007 12:59 AM GMT
    Don't think I've color coded anything since the crayola box in grade school and even that probably didn't last the day. Not an out and out slob here, but admit that the routine of household cleaning doesn't hold my attention for long. The best thing I did was get a house cleaner. Not only does she come and clean, but the night before I'm running around frantically straightening everything up before she comes.
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    Jun 14, 2007 1:17 AM GMT
    I topped off the day in my front yard on my hands and knees scrubbing my shower curtain down w/ eco-clean solvent. Def not a picture I'd post on my profile... then again ... hmmm ?
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    Jun 14, 2007 2:45 AM GMT
    Quentin Crisp said that dust stops accumulating after five years.

    I haven't tested this theory myself, but after seeing that show "Clean Sweep" on TLC, I'm pretty sure he was wrong.
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    Jun 14, 2007 3:03 AM GMT
    It is a goal of mine to someday live with a neat freak.

    I live with someone who must be adult-ADD. There is no sense of order. No system I adopt is followed. No boundaries I set are adherred to. No mess disappears without my hand forcing the matter.

    For me, laundry isn't DONE until its put away in drawers or closets organized by clothing type. Dirty laundry belongs in one place - a hamper. Meals are not DONE until the table is cleared, dishes cleaned and loaded into the dishwasher. Do not touch the mail unless you are going to handle it - sorting out the trash (which goes in a trash can) and placing bills in the correct location in the office.

    I'm not 100% OCD, just about 90%. Because about 10% of the time, I don't follow my own standards - I get worn out and complacent from the spouse, kids, dog, cat, rabbit, snake, rental properties and 2500 sq ft, with about 1000ft basement being too, too much.

    So, living with a neat freak is definitely a fantasy of mine. Honestly, I'd rather live with someone who gets upset if I put the toothpaste down on the right side of the sink instead of the left ( as long as they were consistent).
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    Jun 14, 2007 8:34 PM GMT
    I wish I had the gay gene to be clean. I can step over a pile of clothing or mail for weeks. My picture frame shop & dark room are one spare bedroom and haven't been cleaned well in a year. I tidy every week but not major.

    My parents were antique dealers so I was brought up with tons of items stacked all over. I'd come home from school and my mattress and clothing on the floor where they sold my bedroom set. In a few days I'd have 1820's Empire furniture in my bedroom for a few weeks, then come home and it was sold. They'd sell the pictures off the wall. It was a wild way to grow up, I liked it, but never learned to be orderly and neet as my gay friends are
  • allamericantx

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    Jun 16, 2007 1:38 AM GMT

    Geez, I was looking forward to commenting on the topic!.....until I fully read the OP and realized when you asked "How Clean Are You?", you were talking about houses and cars and stuff.

    Guess I can't go down the road I was about to go down....darn. ;>
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    Jun 20, 2007 10:50 PM GMT
    What's sad is I used to be more of a neat freak. I couldn't stand having common living spaces messy. I'm not sure WHY this changed but I know I only keep the bathroom and kitchen clean now. I live in a two-bedroom condo and will remove all of the accumulated clutter when I have visitors but my bedroom is off-limits at ALL times!! Sad, I know! :)
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    Jun 20, 2007 11:41 PM GMT
    My old roomate considered herself a 'neat' person, but she could handle clutter in the house, that wasn't a priority. Of course by clutter she means her clothes all over the place...ALL OVER THE PLACE. Her room was covered in her stuff and don't touch anything of course because certain piles are clean and certain ones are dirty anyone with sense can tell looking at them. Accening these mounds of garments are cardboard boxes filled with trash and important paperwork all crammed together, the occasional dish used weeks ago and never put back in the kitchen.

    It was disgusting, I'm not obsessive about cleanliness but come on, dirty plates have their own places, not scattered all throughout the house.
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    Jun 22, 2007 5:17 AM GMT
    Obscenewish> Mail is not meant to be thrown away

    Damn you. I know it can be thrown out. It just arrives faster than it can be processed. I'm too busy on RealJock. It's not my fault. Blame the mailman.

    Just remember that nature abhors a vacuum. A clean desk is a sign of a person who doesn't have what to do and should be cut.

    I am not a slob. Dust is bad. I won't even use a dirty bathroom or kitchen. However, I have my piles and I know where everything is and if anyone touches it. I don't know why no one believes I'm organized....

    Or why Matt and I got into a fight today. Really, I was going to put my cup in the dishwasher but he was standing in front of it and I didn't have access (and it's not like he moved when he saw me coming).

    He's a "Jecke" (pronounced Yecke, Yiddish for a square, Germanic, OCD person). Fits the joke about a jecke who bought a train ticket and asked at the ticket counter for a seat on the opposite side of the sun. The clerk screwed up and the jecke suffers in the sun the whole way. When he returns, he bitterly complains at the counter. So the clerk points out that if it bothered him so much he could have asked someone on the other side of the train to switch seats. No, explains the jecke, there was no one sitting on that side [to ask, so he was stuck in his seat]!

    Sometimes I take out a glass and pour myself some juice. Then the phone rings or the dogs bark and I leave the kitchen for 2 minutes, when I come back the drink is poured out and the cup already in the dishwasher. That's probably a good thing, because it's less likely that there will only be 3 items in the dishwasher when he runs it....

    Then again, I can't stand people who don't screw shut containers (I like to shake my orange juice, not bathe in it) or close toothpaste tubes. I'm also pretty minimalist (if I wasn't a Wolverine I'd say spartan). Dishes used for cooking are usually cleaned while the food is cooking rather than piled up into a nightmare in the sink (unlike someone else who'll stand in the kitchen and read a book and throw something as clean as a bread board into the sink... into some big greasy pot).

    I can microwave scrambled eggs in the bowl from which I'll eat and with 1 fork (rinsed after scrambling). Yet when HE makes scrambled eggs, good grief, you'd think someone made dinner for an entire army. A special bowl and automated tool for scrambling. Then poured into another and spiced. Then cooked in a pan, from which it goes to a serving plate. Two spatulas later it makes it to a plate. Leftovers into a tupperware dish. Opps, it the dish is too big. Put it in another dish. There's just no end to the madness.

    But I'm the messy one. (: