Fighting the slob effect

Discussion in 'Metropolis' started by edokitty, May 24, 2017.


The Gates of Horn and Ivory

Two Gates the silent House of Sleep adorn; Of polish'd Iv'ry this, that of transparent Horn:
True Visions thro' transparent Horn arise; Thro' polish'd Iv'ry pass deluding Lies.

  1. edokitty

    edokitty meow baby

    Messages:
    109
    Every month, I set goals to clean the mess that is my home. I have little desire to clean or do the chores that would keep my home free or clutter and trash. The only time I tend to clean is when company is about to visit. I started looking online for motivation on cleaning.

    I've been reading a blog called A Slob Comes Clean. It's been very inspirational. She set daily goals to change her ways. Each day she would make her bed and sweep the kitchen. As the weeks went on, she would spend a day cleaning clutter from an area of the house and gradually adding more daily cleaning chores.

    When I get home from work today, I was going to gather up items to donate. Less things in the home, means more space to store my stuff. I probably should buy some cleaning products when I get paid.

    Do you clean on a daily basis?
     
  2. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

    Messages:
    11,227
    Most days, yeah. I cannot tolerate a dirty kitchen. Because if I get hungry, and things I need are not ready to be used, I am more likely to order out. And that is expensive. I keep the bathroom toilet and sink clean constantly as well. Things like sweeping the floors, I find trivial. I might only do that once a week, or less often. And only once a year, usually in March, do I spend a couple days cleaning absolutely everything, from the baseboards to the ceiling cobwebs. I do laundry every week, sometimes twice, because my work clothes tend to get dirty (restaurant). Bed sheets and towels are washed less frequently. Other than keeping up with dishes and garbage, the house doesn't get dirty. Sometimes I will let paperwork and such clutter for a little while, when I am stressed, but that doesn't last too long. I have a file cabinet for such things. I also have a whiteboard I nailed onto one of my kitchen cabinets. Here I write down things I need or want, instead of keeping paper or physical reminders about the house.
     
  3. 21007

    21007 Member

    Messages:
    570
    I am probably the biggest slob out there, the only thing that ends up forcing me to clean every once in a while is the disgust I feel when I see a thick layer of dust on everything and the nightmares I have about insects making a home in my home. Fortunately, the insect problem in my case is not as big as my scary nightmares would suggest it could be because there is a spider living under my bed where I hide an ax. That spider and its offspring takes care of every insect which dares to set foot in my home. I love my spider.

    But yea I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to cleaning. Doesn't help that I'm not home often either.
     
  4. edokitty

    edokitty meow baby

    Messages:
    109
    I have spiders making webs down in the basement but I have not done anything to exterminate them. If their webs are in the way to the washing machine, I dust those.
     
  5. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

    Messages:
    11,227
    I don't mind spiders, and usually let them keep their homes.
     
  6. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

    Messages:
    44,154
    I hate cleaning with a passion, yet I love when the house is clean. We use a cleaning service for 2 of the levels of this townhouse and clean the other levels ourselves (which means they really do not get cleaned very much if at all). Last week we finally called a hauler to take away a lot of stuff we had for Goodwill and for the dump, what a relief!!! Doing this opened up one of the rooms we had been putting junk in upstairs, so that was a good deal.

    I'd say that overall, I am a slob who likes things clean. My husband could live in filth and not care, idk why. :ohwell: And it is very difficult to get him to help clean.

    Not too keen on spiders but I see their utility.

    So how is it getting started Edo? Are you able to accomplish any goals?

    Dave I am surprised to hear you are so clean, not that I thought you were not, but guys sometimes don't care about stuff like cleaning the toilet.

    21007 I wonder about your collectibles and how you clean them and keep dust off.
     
  7. 21007

    21007 Member

    Messages:
    570
    My collectibles aren't anywhere near the floor which is where most dust ends up, they are actually quite high up on shelves, so they don't gather too much dust in the first place. I use a small make-up brush to clean them every once in a while. It works out okay. The biggest dust collector is my PC, the dust filters on that need attention bad.
     
    Umaeril likes this.
  8. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

    Messages:
    44,154
    You remind me that I need to check my computer for dust, I've had it almost a year now. Well it is good you don't have a lot of dust on your high up things, we seem to get a lot of dust, perhaps from the street or something, idk.
     
  9. Entervixen

    Entervixen Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,229
    Living with Gramma has turned me into a better housekeeper because she has severe cleaning OCD. I'm trying to be better about picking up, but it's hard. I never think to do it until it get so bad I get overwhelmed. But putting things away as soon as I am done, or at least by the end of the day, helps.
     
  10. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

    Messages:
    44,154
    I agree that putting things away stat really helps. Ugh, sometimes this place just gets so untidy. :headshake: Sooo much better if I deal with it right away.
     
  11. 21007

    21007 Member

    Messages:
    570
    I actually didn't bother to dust my computer for about 5 years, it wasn't that bad. There was a very fine layer of dust in there, but nothing major. The filters really help. I just have to keep those clean.
    And when it comes to cleaning, I personally like to suddenly start doing it after neglecting it for a while and spend like an entire day at it. The visual change you can get from that is quite substantial, so it feels like you've done a lot of work and achieved something.
     
  12. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

    Messages:
    44,154
    Yes, I do agree with you. I find that I clean in order to avoid stuff I don't want to do. So if I have to study or make phone calls or something unpleasant, I will find that I cannot start to do it unless everything around me is clean.
     

Share This Page