Picking up versus cleaning up
Hi everyone. I've been thinking about this goal of having a comfortable, neat, clean house that I am always proud to invite guests into. There are two processes involved. On this forum we concentrate on the "picking up" versus the "cleaning up", by which I mean mops, brooms, vacuums, sprays, cleansers,you get the drift. I actually don't mind the "cleaning" process, so long as I'm starting with a picked up house. It is so much easier to clean a clean house than a messy one. But I think you get more bang for your buck picking up and straightening out than you do shining and polishing. A neat house gives the impression of being clean,even if it isn't, but a messy house doesn't look clean even if there is not a drop of dust or dirt anywhere. So I think the priority has to be getting things picked up and put away. All that being said, I do enjoy the scrubbing and shining kind of cleaning much more. Probably because there is not as much decision-making involved. It is mindless. I know what I have to do,and how to do it. The results are immediate and clearly visible. With the "picking up" things are not always so clear. We have what I call "challenge spots". These are those flat surfaces that get piled with the stuff that nobody knows what to do with. Or that doesn't fit anywhere. I have successfully eliminated a few of these, for example I put a basket on the table near the front door for DH to deposit his wallet, keys, and phone when he comes into the house. My purse holds those things and that goes directly into the closet. I know that it is wise to remove your shoes when you enter the house, but having five pairs of shoes in the front hallway is really messy looking. Other than insisting that everyone put their shoes in their rooms, or carrying them all up myself, is there a good solution? Also, I think we get so used to our own "challenge spots" that we don't notice them anymore. I like to start at the front door and try to look at the house as if I were a visitor.This helps me see those messy spots that I have gotten immune to.