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#1 snuffles

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:31 AM

Just because I'm a bit bored and could use some entertainment!  What's your house cleaning style??

Y'know, you hear of messy hoarders and tidy chuckers and so on... I have realised that I am actually a messy chucker (that sounds kinda ew, lol).  I am not much attached to objects and love to rehome stuff (prefer not to put working stuff in the bin, but prefer that to keeping it in the house if I have no use for it).  But I like to keep things where I can 'see' them so that I'll actually use them.  Which is weird.



#2 mandarins

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

I'm a 'look at all that work that needs doing around my house, I wonder whats happening on EB?' style.

#3 (feral)epg

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

I have brief phases of anal retentive behaviour where I scrub corners and order books alphabetically and sort my wardrobe by functionality.
Then I let the house deteriorate for a few months (but keep it basically clean and tidy), then have another manic episode.
The things is most likely to trigger an extreme clean / decluttering episode is going to my mother and sisters house - they are both hoarders and I come home feeling claustrophobic so just need to clear space.

#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:53 AM

I'm a bit like epg, I will have moments of sterile orderlyness but mostly my life descends into chaos.

#5 Ninja Lemur

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

I am all of the above.

An EB procrastinating cleaner.

Messy.

Have no trouble letting go of stuff except I like to let go of it respectfully (could never though out an item belonging to some-one else) and I need to let it go ethically which managed to turn a csimple process into a complciated one.

I either don't clean or I clean and organise obsessively.

Edited by amoral lemur, 20 December 2012 - 12:28 PM.


#6 unicorn

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:06 PM

I'm a walk into untidy room, look around and walk back out and shut the door kinda cleaner ATM.

#7 BadCat

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

I am the sort who when I see a mess I just turn around a little until I can't see it any more.  If I can't see it I don't have to clean it.  When I can do a full 360 turn and not find a pleasant outlook it's time to tidy at least 90 degrees worth.

#8 robot sm

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

I love to sort out and get rid of things!  We seem to accumulate a lot of stuff, so it's always good to do a big cleanout of a wardrobe or bookshelf or desk.  I recycle/donate wherever possible.  It's also taught me over the years to just not buy or collect things in the first place unless they have a purpose (and yes, being beautiful and making my surroundings nicer is a reasonable purpose!).

#9 Feral Mozzie

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

QUOTE (epg @ 20/12/2012, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have brief phases of anal retentive behaviour where I scrub corners and order books alphabetically and sort my wardrobe by functionality.
Then I let the house deteriorate for a few months (but keep it basically clean and tidy), then have another manic episode.
The things is most likely to trigger an extreme clean / decluttering episode is going to my mother and sisters house - they are both hoarders and I come home feeling claustrophobic so just need to clear space.



I am similar to this - although it doesn't stay all that tidy between episodes!

Edited by Mozzie1, 20 December 2012 - 12:08 PM.


#10 Jax12

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

I'm a tidier.  I have way too much stuff so things get cluttered, and when it gets too much for me to handle I make nice neat piles and clear space and put some piles away in drawers or boxes until the clutter rebuilds and then I repeat.

Luckily for me DH is pretty good and dusts, vacuums, does the washing and even has a home made oven cleaner that he gets very excited about.  I have recently found little cups full of bicarb around the place...bless him  wub.gif

Cleaning does not come naturally to me

#11 Ally'smum

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

I am 'make every job a small job' and a de-clutterer.

I spend five minutes doing each task (except washing dishes which takes longer), I would never spend a continuous hour cleaning like some people I do.

I also love to throw things out, to the op-shop, re-home, bin etc. DH is always complaining that he is rescuing his and DDs stuff.

#12 Lorem ipsum

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

As of about a month ago, I am an outsource kind of cleaner..

#13 Freddie'sMum

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

I am a "the house is messy but still functional - I'll get on and do (something)"

To - where we are now - "the place is a disgrace, we are cleaning the whole damn things this w/end or there will be NO Christmas".

What gets me is a lack of putting things away - we don't really have a system - you pay a bill and then just put it on top of another pile of paper.  That gets me down.  The kids toys and never-ending crap - there is no rhyme nor reason why different stuff ends up in different places - that gets me down.

It's part of my New Year's Resolution is to actually get organised.  I am getting sick and tired of looking a piles of (whatever) day in / day out.



#14 Magnus

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

The thing that annoys me, is that I can't seem to get into the habit of spring cleaning, so everything is just quite surface clean. I think it's because I used to move about every six months, so I'd know I had to do a deep clean before leaving. Now there's less motivation to do extra cleaning, beyond the everyday stuff. I know a lot of people who love the spring clean and will clean in massive binges and clean absolutely everything, but that's not me. I don't really like to do more than an hour in one day.

#15 Peridot

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

Mine looks close to a bomb site at the moment...

#16 Illiterati

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

Finally and happily I have reached a point in my life where it is actually more stressful to keep the place clean and tidy than it is to live in mess and a fine layer of dirt.

#17 CallMeFeral

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

QUOTE (mandarins @ 20/12/2012, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a 'look at all that work that needs doing around my house, I wonder whats happening on EB?' style.


Oh me too! In fact I'm cleaning up right now! Tounge1.gif

No but seriously, what a relief to read this thread. I'm sure none of your houses look like mine right now - but I'm imagining they do, and that makes me feel better biggrin.gif

#18 Therese

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

My style is the avoidance style...if I can avoid doing it..then I do wink.gif

#19 lizzzard

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I do like a tidy house and tend to keep on top of it - mess messes with my head. I outsource cleaning though - that woudl never get done otherwise.

#20 CountryFeral

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

QUOTE (unicorn @ 20/12/2012, 01:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a walk into untidy room, look around and walk back out and shut the door kinda cleaner ATM.



QUOTE (BadCat @ 20/12/2012, 01:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am the sort who when I see a mess I just turn around a little until I can't see it any more.  If I can't see it I don't have to clean it.  When I can do a full 360 turn and not find a pleasant outlook it's time to tidy at least 90 degrees worth.



These!

I would love a tidy organised house though.

#21 dolcengabbana

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

I am a get up get ready do allt he cleaning as fast and thoroughly as I can and get out style person. I don't want to come home from work and do anything other then fold, iron put away that mornings washing and possibly hang out washing and prepare dinner. The afternoons are mine after those few things.

I hate clutter in the house. I have a totally clear kitchen bench with a vase the phone and knife block and recipe and book stand.

My office currently is driving me nuts becasue it is cluttered but that is Christmas Eve job to tidy file neaten throw out blitz the stupid home office. It looks like a brothel and embarasses me. Its also my fault I kept putting it off to keep up the remainder of the house!

Edited by dolcengabbana, 20 December 2012 - 01:53 PM.


#22 FlutterbyBlue

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

I am an 'if it bothers me, I do something about it' cleaner.  I can think of so many things that are a better use of my time that I tend to leave anything and everything until it gets to the point where it annoys me.  Then I clean it, wash it, dust it, what ever it.  I also expand this to include any mess that may be bothering someone else.  If it bothers you, then do something about it, don't tell me, because if it was bothering me, I would have already done something about it.  wink.gif



#23 tickly_rain

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

I'm not obsessive, but I can't do "clutter" or "stuff" being everywhere.  If you want it, find somewhere to put it!

#24 Feral_Pooks

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

QUOTE (mandarins @ 20/12/2012, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a 'look at all that work that needs doing around my house, I wonder whats happening on EB?' style.

Yes.

#25 Phoenix Blue

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

I'm a goldfish cleaner.

I start wiping down the bench, oh, look that book needs to go away, oh that school bags on the floor, I'll put it in the bedroom, and there's some dirty clothes, ill put in the hamper, I'll just put a load of washing on, why am I holding this book...?

I can't stick to the one job until it's done, and therefore, everything is half done.




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