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#31 of 47 Old 01-12-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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I tried to answer this within the model of clean vs organize but really couldn't. For me, I prefer DEEP cleaning to regular cleaning.

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).

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i hate both. i like the IDEA of organizing more...i think more about it...think about it constantly, actually...but i'm awful at DOING it.

i never ever think about cleaning, but i'm much better at doing that than i am at organizing.
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I organize things. But, I NEVER clean. Seriously, when I lived alone, everything was meticulously organized, but there was dirt/dust everywhere. Thinking back, it was a little gross, lol. Still, THAT is how much I hate cleaning.

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.

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I suck at organizing. I'm ok with cleaning. And I, too, lump dishes and laundry into organizing (and suck at both those things!)

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Organizing and as a result picking up.

I actually love cleaning.....but don't often get to do it.

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I don't mind organizing things in a clean space, or cleaning in an organized, decluttered space. Given a choice, I'd much rather organize than clean.

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I can't organize. Or at least, I'm no good at it. I'm learning - slowly - what works for our family.

But cleaning is fun! Dishes, laundry, scrubbing floors... I find it fascinating.
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Cleaning is much easier for me than organizing.

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'.
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organizing! if someone would just get all my crap put away so that it was tidy and organized I would sweep and dust and mop all the time. I have very high hopes for the next month - we plan to move march 1st and I want my next home to be extremely organized.

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I organize things. But, I NEVER clean. Seriously, when I lived alone, everything was meticulously organized, but there was dirt/dust everywhere. Thinking back, it was a little gross, lol. Still, THAT is how much I hate cleaning.
HA HA, that was me pre-kids. My closet would be organized by color and sleeve-length (still is) but I wouldn't be able to walk through my room because of the papers, clothes, stuffed animals, knick-knacks, etc. piled 2 feet deep.

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Oh my gosh, if only there was some sort of exchange program where we could pair up ... you organize my closets and I'll mop your floors -- I would totally sign up.

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.

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I hate cleaning, despise it, but i love organizing. Its so fun to me. Its been that way since i was a kid too. I would love to do an exchange program My mom knows how much i love organizing and she is always trying to get me to start a business doing it.

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interesting thread!

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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I actually like to clean but hate organizing and picking up.

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Organizing. But only because I have a husband to consider and not enough money to organize things the way I really want to.

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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i hate doing both. i don't know if i can adequately describe how much i dislike both cleaning and organizing. neither is harder than the other for me, and i'm good at doing both; they each have equal pain-in-the-butt factor, just in different ways. however, i also dislike being grossed out in my own home, and not being able to find things is the mental equivalent of chinese water torture for me. so i do the absolute minimum i can get away with while cursing every minute of it, to get the minimal satisfaction of not having to do it again for a little while.

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I like to clean and to organize. I HATE HATE HATE picking up all the crap that everyone leaves out in order to do so.
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