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Me: Cleaning. I could organize all day. I love it. Cleaning is harder, I mean how fun can sweeping the floor for the millionth time be? Any tips on how to make cleaning fun?

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Organizing. I have no issues with cleaning, but I can not seem to get things organized. I have no tips on making it fun, because I don't think that is possible I feel like I can not relax in a messy home so I keep it clean to bring my stress levels down.

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I don't like cleaning, but I love organizing.

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Love to organize, hate to clean. I don't see how it's even remotely possible to make mopping, dusting, and wiping down the toilet enjoyable in the least.

The only solution I have is to stay on top of the cleaning as much as possible. Cleaning the toilet isn't as gross if you do it every day. I just need to follow my own advice more often and not wait until the floor is filthy before I mop it.
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I hate organizing (and incidentally, am not good at it) but don't mind the actual cleaning such as vacuuming, mopping, even bathrooms...

none of it's any fun, of course, I just get overwhelmed with clutter and trying to figure out where to put everything in order to be able to clean.

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Organizing!

I am better at actually cleaning. I know I am not great at organizing so I try not to have too much stuff.

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Those are 2 of my favorite things in the entire world (decorating too).

Cleaning and organizing should go hand-in-hand (as you organize, you're cleaning). Do you mean cleaning as in dishes, toilets, windows? stuff like that?

If so, clean before you organize. Kind of like eating your broccoli before you have dessert

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I adore sweeping and vacuuming because they mean my floors are clear.
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Hate to clean. Love to organize. I just wish things would stay organized when I walk away. DP absolutely can not see when something has been organized and sometimes even after it is explained he still doesn't get it. I don't know if it is an ADD thing or a simple lack of appreciation of my efforts, but it drives me crazy. I would have a wonderfully organized home, with dust bunnies of course, if I lived alone.

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Love organizing.....hate cleaning. Although cleaning IS easier if my house is organized
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Reading and listening to music!









This reality is quite strongly reflected in the state of my house.

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I prefer organizing because at least there's the slight possibility that I won't have to do it all again in the near future. Also, I get to use my brain more.
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Hate to clean. Love to organize. I just wish things would stay organized when I walk away. DP absolutely can not see when something has been organized and sometimes even after it is explained he still doesn't get it. I don't know if it is an ADD thing or a simple lack of appreciation of my efforts, but it drives me crazy. I would have a wonderfully organized home, with dust bunnies of course, if I lived alone.
Remember that systems work best when everyone involved in using them helps create the system.

For instance, our system was: I ask dh for feedback on organizing ideas, he says "whatever" and then I got to mock him without guilt when he can't find anything.

But somehow, I think because I pointed out that he can never find things, he's started being involved and by being involved he comes up with good solutions to stuff.
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Reading and listening to music!









This reality is quite strongly reflected in the state of my house.
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I am no good at organizing and that makes cleaning hard for me. I don't mind vacuuming. Cleaning really goes much better for me when I can listen to "This American Life", "Wait wait..don't tell me" or some good music on my ipod while I do it. This means cleaning after the boys are in bed and reading always seems like such a nice thing to do after they go to sleep...

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Cleaning. Im not good at organizing, which might be why I have to clean so much.

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I'm one of the few that actually enjoys cleaning - it's almost like an 'escape' for me like gardening or painting. I do enjoy organizing, too, but can never really keep it the way I would like to for more than 2 weeks. It's frustrating.
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I don't mind organizing but I hate cleaning. I love to have a clean house, though.

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I hate both.when I win the lottery I will have no problem paying someone else to do it until then,I manage,just.

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I prefer organizing to cleaning

Also -- if I have limited time -- I can live with the fact the floors need sweeping or I need to dust .. but it stresses me out to come home to "messy" and stuff everywhere
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Also -- if I have limited time -- I can live with the fact the floors need sweeping or I need to dust .. but it stresses me out to come home to "messy" and stuff everywhere
I'm the exact opposite. I'd take 'messy' over 'dirty' any day. I can stand clean laundry on the couch far more easily than a floor that needs mopping.

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I would much rather clean than organize. I love after everything is organized but getting there is such a problem for me. I have visions of a perfectly organized house, but I know realisticly it won't happen anytime soon. It also seems I reorganize the same space about 5 times before I'm okay with it. Or i just give up.

Cleaning seems much simpler to me. YOu have a simple task, you do it, it's done. Where as organizing requires a lot more thought. ( I think i overthink things lol)
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I prefer organizing to cleaning.

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is it crazy to say neither?
i enjoy them both, and i agree with a previous poster that you really cant have one without the other. i love the act of cleaning and organizing. i love cranking my music up and making it fun. its something i do daily (although somehow my house never looks as good as i think it should..3 kids later!) some days i get down to it more than others.. certainly some things i dilike doing..uch as litter boxes..but once its done i feel so : its worth it!

 

 

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Much prefer organizing.
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I really enjoy organizing! I actually find it relaxing.... But, cleaning is a different story. Except for laundry (which I really enjoy), I really dislike activities like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, scouring the tub and toilet, and degreasing the stove top and oven. Little cleaning tasks, such as wiping down counters and cleaning mirrors and windows (the inside), are a breeze. The following has helped with the "icky" stuff...

*If I wear DD while cleaning the floors I tend to enjoy the activity more (especially since DD loves the vacuum cleaner!).

*Dusting is made easier with a microfiber cloth.

*A bubble bath usually follows a tub cleaning.

*I regularly clean the toilet during DD's evening bath. DD is an amusing distraction from this unpleasant task. Plus, the toilet gets cleaned before it gets too dirty!

*But, I have yet to find a way that makes cleaning the stove top and oven more "enjoyable."

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Also -- if I have limited time -- I can live with the fact the floors need sweeping or I need to dust .. but it stresses me out to come home to "messy" and stuff everywhere
Same here.
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Me: Cleaning. I could organize all day. I love it. Cleaning is harder, I mean how fun can sweeping the floor for the millionth time be? Any tips on how to make cleaning fun?
I would rather organise than clean. A tip to make cleaning more fun - wear a pretty apron! Sounds funny, but somehow when I put my apron on, I feel more like doing my cleaning jobs. My mom sewed me a really fun apron, inspired by an apron that my sister bought on a trip to Spain. Not exactly as shown, but sort of the idea: http://www.flamenco-spain.com/gourme...hite-dots.html

I find that giving myself a specific task to do helps, instead of just having a great big list of things that need to be cleaned. So I feel that I accomplished something good when my goal of the day was to clean the bathrooms. If I get something else done, even better. But for sure I have done one big task. This is also partly a motivation thing with being pregnant, so I don't start feeling too discouraged that things aren't getting done.

I do find that by being organised, it is easier to clean. If things are untidy, as well as dirty, it is harder to know what to get at and how! If things have a place, I can get to the cleaning task right away. Some weeks are sure better than others!

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Organizing is much harder for me. But it is definitely harder to clean when things are disorganized (like today!)

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This is not a straightforward answer - while I enjoy organizing, I find it more difficult than cleaning. I think this is because it is much harder to find the time to organize and I can't work on it while DS is awake. Also, organizing is less tangible, more time-consuming, and often creates more of a mess while you are in the process of organizing. Cleaning on the other hand, is an immediate reward and usually only takes me a few moments for any given project. But I would rather organize DS's toys over cleaning the toilet any day!
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Also -- if I have limited time -- I can live with the fact the floors need sweeping or I need to dust .. but it stresses me out to come home to "messy" and stuff everywhere
I'm the same, perhaps because I am moderately myopic and seldom wear my glasses. I can see the mess but I can't see the dirt . . .
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