my husband and i (no children yet) are 'in transition.'
three months ago, we were 'lucky to open the front door.'
Now, we're clean but be careful when you open closets. Part of there reason for this was we purged for weeks--getting rid of stuff, particularly clutter--and then we had rennovations done to our house (new floors and walls painted/repaired).
Then, we went on a month-long research/vacation trip in europe.
Now we're back.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to reorganize our closets. I have shelves--newly found because of the purge--and i'm making them less cluttered and more organized. Our closets are full of empty storage solutions, which were emptied in the process, but the stuff that still needs to be organized--things we wanted to keep, etc--was mostly stacked up in the center of rooms while things were painted and floors were laid.
so, the process now is re-purging the closets and organizing them so that they can hold all that we need them to hold.
Also, we have to take the books to the used book seller--which will free up a number of storage bins (that's how we're transporting them).
That should take us to both clean and organized.
but, i'm not a martha-stewart styled cleaner. I actually like to have the house 'in process' and i don't mind a dust bunny or a sticky kitchen floor. Everything gets washed, swpt, or dusted at least once a week. laundry is managed every day, as are dishes and cooking.
it's not 'white glove' spotless all the time--and i rarely have to do any 'extra' cleaning when company comes over--but i'm happy with the level of cleanliness and now, i'm much happier with far less clutter.