Poll: Do You Manage to Keep Your Home Tidy?

Do you keep your home tidy?

  • Yes, I somehow manage

    Votes: 5 10.4%
  • It's a constant struggle, but it's not horribly messy

    Votes: 17 35.4%
  • Nope, stuff piled on top of stuff, and the dust rhinos are getting scary

    Votes: 22 45.8%
  • It's tidy ... but someone else keeps it that way, since I can't

    Votes: 4 8.3%

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That's funny about you enjoying vacuuming.
I'm extensively trained....Saturdays growing up was: full on the entire place gets vacuumed and Guess Who was largely tasked with that? Plus deploying all the Kirby accessories dusting.

But I'd be singing away, when I vacuumed in the past. I used the Kirby handle as my stand up microphone. And I"d use the Kirby long extension tubes, which can also amplify your voice.

Third Grade Talent Show Winner: I did Just You Wait Henry Higgins on stage, singing and dancing.

Later in life, I vacuumed with Led Zeppelin III on, usually.

Now I don' t hardly ever play any music.
 

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@Tammy it is a Roomba and it is great. You can connect it to your phone via internet (ok, someone else did this for me) so you can start it up from wherever you happen to be resting. It maps out your floor plan so eventually it becomes quite efficient with its path. Also, I have a bottle of spray bleach cleaner in the bathroom so I can just squirt the toilet and it looks much cleaner, even if I don't have the energy to clean it. Wipe the rim with TP and down it all goes. Put a stack of cleaning rags with the cleaner under the sink so I can just swipe something when the moment arises without needing to walk somewhere to get something. Similarly, put a Swiffer in the bedside table...
 

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I think we can all benefit from large garbage cans (nice ones) around different rooms. A lot of "stuff" is just garbage, but catalogs and the like take up space.

Roombas are great, clean hardwood and carpets, but they do have to be emptied and I I find ours heavy. My hubby runs it and picks up anything from the floor that the Roomba may eat. All in all, it's good.

Having someone in to clean when things are way past their expiry date is difficult. You may only get 2-l/2 - 3 hrs. out of them, so be prepared. It's better to have them every 3 wks. or so and clean up as you go along, like @Tammy does. Be explicit about what you want done and even at that, it may take "catch up."

I used to do all of the cleaning, but those days are over. It's surprising how much much junk accumulates. Since I generally can't remember why I saved something, I may as well dispose of it immediately.

I shower once/wk. and wash my hair at the same time. Sometimes I'll even managed twice....but not often since my latest fall. Sponge baths help....but not dry shampoos. If someone has found a great one, please give us the name. I use a lot of lotions as my skin gets dry. Yours Lenora
 

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I wish I could not care about the mess. I have learnt to let it go a little bit. But it causes me a great deal of stress. I’m a clean and neat freak and for a long while I was just constantly in a stress because everywhere I looked was clutter.

i some times wonder if I have OCD but I don’t do any compulsive behaviours, however maybe my
ME stops me being compulsive, maybe in the past I did compulsive behaviour but wasn’t really aware of it? And now I get anxious and agitated because I can’t fix the mess!

I’d love to know if anyone knew if that was OCD or not.
 

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it constantly reminds you of how we can't do these really simple things we didn't think twice about, when normal (or in my case, far less ill)

that generates this OCD state.
Yea it’s like a trauma trigger or something.

I think there a specific type of trauma that affects us. It needs to be named. I’ve always felt I don’t fit the description of PTSD but I’m definitely traumatized from these losses constantly piling up like the clutter in our homes. Every day we lose something or are reminded of something we lost, sometimes we even get it back, only for it to be cruelly ripped from underneath us again. Sometimes I don’t know how I haven’t just imploded.
 

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Hello @keepswimming....do the new ones have great changes to them? My husband bought a rufurbished one and it really has helped to keep things cleaner. OK, one may still have to do certain things, but for those in between times it's great. Yours Lenora
 

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Hello @keepswimming....do the new ones have great changes to them? My husband bought a rufurbished one and it really has helped to keep things cleaner. OK, one may still have to do certain things, but for those in between times it's great. Yours Lenora
It's the first one I've ever had so I don't know! It does a great job. I haven't used the big vacuum since which is great to save me some energy!