I'm AWFUL at day-to-day cleaning. It takes me forever. And the results aren't even that great.
Fortunately DH is great at it. In 20 minutes he can take a room that is a DISASTER (I'm talking stuff all over the floor, boxes piled up, laundry everywhere, toys underfoot, the WORST) and make it look pretty respectable. But he WILL leave clutter on the edges of the room (on dressers, desks, etc.). He'll make it "ok" (straightened up etc.) but that's as far as he goes.
Enter me. I will take that clutter and work through it. I'm not fast but I'm thorough. I'm the one who will move furniture to sweep/vacuum under; DH won't. I will be dusting windowsills; DH won't. I will make a pile of clutter disappear; DH won't. When I'm done with a room, it will look ready for for a visit from GRANDMOTHER (you know, the one who wipes her finger on the door top and goes "tsk tsk").
But if I have to start from the beginning, I just can't do it. Period. It will take me a MONTH to do it from the beginning. I will CRY.
So for me, cleaning and organizing have to be one and the same.
Unfortunately it just hasn't worked out since having DD. Right now we have 1 room in the house that is clean, and the rest are disasters. DH cleans them all about twice a week, but it's only when I do my stuff that things STAY that way (well, for about 3 months or so).
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.
i never ever think about cleaning, but i'm much better at doing that than i am at organizing.
Now, luckily, I'm with someone who hates to organize but doesn't mind cleaning. So, I do the organizing and he does the cleaning. Except dishes and laundry - I see those as part of organizing.
"Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été."
I actually love cleaning.....but don't often get to do it.
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
With cleaning it's like, well I'll just shove everything out of the way, clean it and then ... oh god no! Now I've got to organize it! And figuring out where to put stuff so that it's not in the way, but I can get to it when I want it... well that's tricky.
I always think though, that if I'm going to organize, I have to clean first - problem is when I finish cleaning, I get tired of the whole thing, and then don't feel like doing the organizing and it kind of just sits there. I know it's clean, it just doesn't look very 'neat'.
Gone but not fogotten.
I hate organizing, probably because I am bad at it -- I get overwhelmed and frustrated and just end up sweeping things into a box and shoving it in the back of a closet somewhere, or I start projects and don't finish them.
Cleaning, on the other hand, to me, are simple tasks with easily break-down-able steps that result in noticeable improvements. Maybe I'm just a manual labour gal at heart, but give me cleaning any day over organizing.
interior design is my background so organization is a passion. :
cleaning, on the other hand, i would GLADLY pay someone else to do. while they totally go hand in hand, i do not ENJOY cleaning....at all. i keep a very clean house because i can't stand to live in filth, however, i would happliy hand that job over to someone else......someone that could do it so i could concentrate on the things i actually enjoy going, like organizing, decorating, etc.
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Cleaning is easy, I do it every day : (well okay I'm not that happy about it but at least I do it and it doesn't drive me totally nuts)
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