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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mr. (and Ms.) Clean

I have a love/hate relationship with cleanliness. I love living in a clean environment (it seriously lowers my stress level), but I hate putting in the work it takes to keep a house clean. 

Matt and I have a good system down for splitting up our weekly chores, but it's always inspiring to read other folks' systems, like the one featured at Young House Love. I've really been taking Sherry's ideas to heart, like making sure everything has a spot. Instead of just dumping our mail on the dining room table, for example, I set up a small old drawer on our buffet table (which is really an old science lab table to go along with our old schoolhouse theme).

I've also been being more diligent about spending a few minutes each day returning things to their spots (although it's a little difficult to return Hoss's toys to the old gym basket we use for his stuff; he thinks it's a game that requires him to take them back out again). When I come home from work, for example, I put away my lunch, sweater, sunglasses, and water bottle instead of just dumping everything. I also try to put away the pots and pans once they're dry and putting my nasty running clothes into the hamper. It's so much easier for me to do a little bit here and there as opposed to a whole bunch at once.

And it means that I enjoy a clean environment every day instead of just for a short time after weekly chores!

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Sarah said...

I've been trying to do this, too, and it's been helping!

Brandy said...

Sounds so simple! Too bad it takes TWO to commit to this sort of thing.

Katie said...

Division of chores is something that makes me very nervous as I prepare to get married. The Half-Fiance and I are both messy people by nature. On top of this, his OCD dictates which chores he can and can't do--he can't touch dirty dishes or other people's laundry. Bathroom cleaning is more or less out of the question. I'm really unsure how to handle all of this, but I'm hoping that our freakishly open communication will be a good start.

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