I have always cleaned as I go. I could never imagine eating and then just getting up and walking away from the table leaving behind dishes or food. I could never imagine pouring milk and leaving the milk out. I just cannot possibly fathom opening something and dropping the trash on the floor.
SOOO....how is it that most of my family routinely does this and seems to think I am unreasonable when I get upset. But it seriously seriously bothers me. I have tried everything to get through to them, including stepped away and leaving things and letting them live with the mess (turns out, that does not bother them). I have tried everything I can think of, but it is even my husband. I watched him make some sort of frozen food thing and then the next day, I could still see the wrapping to it on the counter. As well as the dirty dishes to it all.
I am not a neat freak, it is not that at all. But I am so frustrated that I can scrub and clean and then leave the house for 1 hr and come back to food on the floor, snacks on the floor in the living room, cups of drinks spilled in the living room, toys on the steps. My house gets trashed within an hour of my cleaning it, and the rest of the mess makers basically refuse to help. They seriously are not even capable, it seems, of cleaning up the huge messes they quickly make.