Hmm, well I am a combination of the two if that makes any sense. When I lived with a roommate, I kept my bedroom IMMACULATE and organized beyond what most people could fathom (color-coded, labels, everything). Now that I am married, my husband doesn't contribute to the housework much at all - except doing dishes occasionally (and it took well over two years to get him to do that). It makes me angry and frustrated because I also work full-time and I'm a part-time college student.
Anywho, hubby is very messy. This apartment would be immaculate if I lived alone, but I don't. If I clean too much he tells me I need to relax, but nothing ever gets done then because he doesn't help out. If I try to get him to help, he gets irritated and starts telling me I don't clean enough (now) either, but he forgets that he's the one who told me to "relax" my cleaning habits. He thinks I'm OCD, and I pretty much am, but I'm also a pack rat. Also, we live in an 840sq ft apartment, so there's not a ton of room.
I'm really disgusted by germs and even by clutter, but I place sentimental value on a lot of things, and the rest I'm afraid to get rid of because I hold on to the hope that maybe I can sell it on eBay. I have sold quite a few things on eBay, but not recently. I just don't have time to sell *everything* because you have to take photos from different angles, upload them, crop them, write the descriptions, choose a start price, choose where to list them, etc. Not to mention packaging and shipping them afterwards. Maybe I can get back into that once I get rid of the stuff that isn't as valuable.
I did make huge progress last weekend - I got rid of SIX bags full of clothes. Most of them didn't fit or just didn't match my current style. They were nice, fashionable clothes in great condition, but I didn't want to bother trying to sell them all so I gave them away to a friend of mine and her sister. What didn't fit them I took to the thrift store.
Today so far I have swept & Swiffered the kitchen floor. Then I vacuumed the living room. Next I moved all my books (tons) and my bookshelf into the small bedroom to make space in the living room for an extra stuffed chair we have that has been out of use since my mom gave it to us several months ago. I am still putting the books back on the shelf, and also re-organizing my desk. Then I have to sort through all my extra office supplies (in various plastic boxes) and decide what to keep & what to get rid of.
Next, I will finish cleaning the living room and shampoo the carpet. Then I will start some laundry while I vacuum the "office". After that, I have to vacuum and organize the bigger bedroom so we can move our bed back into there. I'll get hubby to help me move the bed tomorrow before he goes to work. Lastly, I have to get him to finish going through all *his* old clothes so I can donate what doesn't fit him and then we can get him some new work clothes. Wait... I forgot I also have to clean the shower.
*sigh* I have sooooooooo much to do!!! How did I ever let it get this way? We have been living here for 3 years, but it seems like I was never able to really unpack everything. It would've been easier if we lived in a house b/c I could have had a yard sale easily, plus probably more space. We only have 2 closets, both of which are walk-in, and our laundry "room" is more like closet-sized with one long rack shelf in it. So there's no place specifically for coats or linens. Ugh.
Okay that was a really long post. *phew* I'm just trying to rest a few minutes before I get back into gear.
Thank goodness I'm getting this done before we have a baby lol!!! We plan on trying to get a house next year, but it will be easier to move with less stuff.
BTW - any way you can change the title to "Frustrated Housekeepers" ?? LOL. It doesn't sound as degrading. :P