Unfortunately, although my husband, Average, does a good job of cleaning when he does it, he just doesn't seem to notice things that need to be cleaned as often as I do. And even though I spend more time cleaning now than I ever used to before, between a dog and a baby our house if just as messy at it always has been. My ideal house would be a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Clean enough that you never noticed anything particularly dirty, but maybe some dust here or there and just the tiniest bit of mess so that you didn't feel like you were going to ruin everything if you actually USED anything in the house. I've been in houses like that, and find it uncomfortable. On the other hand, a disastrously messy house is quite uncomfortable too. It is my dream to have a cleaning service once a week and then I'd never have to do things like clean the bathroom, mop, wash windows, or vaccuum. That is a far-fetched dream though.
My strategies for keeping the house from getting too out-of-control messy include:
- wiping down the stovetop and counters every time I wash dishes
- putting away clean dishes in the afternoon when I get home from work - I never have to dry dishes, and then when we cook the clean ones are all available
- a basket or a shelf in the living room and dining room that we can toss Sweet Pea's toys in when doing a quick pick-up
- doing laundry almost every day so it never gets too out of hand, although going out of town usually screws things up. If I have the chance to do laundry while we're on a trip, I take it!