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What one thing makes a house seem messy to you?

Old 02-19-08, 04:16 PM
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What one thing makes a house seem messy to you?

After having a baby, I don't find as much time to clean as before. So what's the one thing that will send you over the edge if you see it?
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Old 02-19-08, 04:19 PM
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Garbage and dirty dishes everywhere really bug me.
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Garbage and dirty dishes everywhere really bug me.
That's what you're there for, right?

:runs out of thread ducking flying garbage and dirty dishes:
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Excessive amounts of vomit and/or feces on the floor.

Actually, anything really stinky. Organic material left lying around really grosses me out. If it's just clutter (papers, boxes, etc.) but it's not dirty, I don't really mind.
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Dirty dishes, trash, or dirty laundry in plain view.

P.S. Learn to top-clean. It will save your sanity.
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Dirty carpet, matted animal hair on carpet or against wood trim moulding, thick layers of dust, bugs crawling on the floor... yeck!
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
Dirty dishes, trash, or dirty laundry in plain view.

P.S. Learn to top-clean. It will save your sanity.
YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON
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Old 02-19-08, 04:32 PM
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One thing? Full/overflowing trash can, especially in kitchen.

Additional things? What Vibiana said.
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Old 02-19-08, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by devilshalo
That's what you're there for, right?

:runs out of thread ducking flying garbage and dirty dishes:
*smacks devilshalo over the head with rolling pin*
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Since I've gotten some thumbs up for what I said, I thought I'd elaborate on it just a bit. You can get some of this information from sites like www.flylady.com, but they are also time hogs that will keep you online, reading, when you should be playing with that precious baby!

So I'll give you the original Heloise (1950s) advice for a clean home. It takes less than half an hour per day.

KITCHEN: Wash all dishes after each meal. If you have a dishwasher, rinse them and keep them in there, not piled in the sink, until you're ready to do a load.

Wipe down counters and stove top after each meal. Five seconds, a paper towel, and some 409.

LAUNDRY: Keep soiled laundry in covered hamper or basket and gather every day or two. Do one load of laundry per day or as often as a load accumulates.

BEDROOMS: Make all beds! It takes two minutes and the bedroom will look MUCH neater with the bed made.

BATH: Swab all fixtures daily with alcohol (for faucets) and ammonia or bleach (for porcelain fixtures). Don't use bar soap in the shower; it scums up your walls. Rinse carefully after you brush your teeth so that clumps of paste don't harden in the bowl. Baby wipes are great for quick cleanup.

LIVING ROOM: Keep coffee table and end tables clear of clutter. Even if there's a film of dust, it is better than clutter.

DINING ROOM: Keep dining table clear except when you're actually using it. Tables become magnets for clutter unless you are vigilant.

Take ten minutes each day and go through every room, picking up and putting away EVERYTHING that is out of place. Empty wastebaskets as needed each day. If you do this daily, you won't accumulate that much clutter. Sweep and vacuum a bit each day.

Turn on some energizing music, put a pot of coffee on for when you're finished, and get 'er done.

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P.S. Learn to top-clean. It will save your sanity.
That's right. Nothing worse than pulling out and seeing shit on your dick.
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Originally Posted by UncleGramps
Excessive amounts of vomit and/or feces on the floor.
Is there an acceptable amount that is > none???
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haha, I've been a flybaby for many many years Vib I think that's why the not cleaning my sink every night gets to me so badly.
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Originally Posted by UncleGramps
Excessive amounts of vomit and/or feces on the floor.
excessive???

as in some feces and vomit is ok... but too much of it messy?...

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Old 02-19-08, 05:58 PM
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Clutter is the worst.

Accumulated dirty dishes are less annoying if they are at least stacked in or near the sink, instead of all over the house.

Laundry in a pile, ready to be washed is less annoying than socks in the hallway and underwear on the chandelier.

and, don't leave your sex toys in the sink.
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zest soap doesnt cause soap scum or at least its pretty minimal compared to all other soap.
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Clutter is a peeve of mine, but poor sanitation will make me turn around and leave. As mentioned, dirty dishes/old food laying about, visible excessive pet hair on furniture and floors, odors of garbage/pets/mold, thick dust, dead plants, bills strewn about, full ashtrays, yeeeech I can't continue!
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Old 02-19-08, 07:15 PM
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Odor.

When I was a kid, one of my sister's friends lived in a house that stank all the time. I don't know if it was unwashed diapers, unwashed dishes, unemptied garbage, or all of them, but the house was rank.
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What one thing makes a house seem messy? Kids.
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Old 02-19-08, 08:29 PM
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As I was looking at houses last year, the one thing that made me immediately turn down a house was an overflowing garbage can. Either that, or garbage that hasn't even made it to the trash can.
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