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How often do you clean and why?

Asked by meggymoo (139points) May 13th, 2010

I try to clean at least every week. If I lived alone then I probably wouldn’t, but I like to keep a nice home for my man.

I was wondering hoe often you all cleaned your home and for what reasons?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Once a week everything gets done.
Mini-disaster clean ups as they happen.Except my studio area…it is not goooood..I do like to be organized.

meggymoo's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille So what do you do during the week?

BoBo1946's avatar

Once a week…

and why, do not like a dirty house, dirty car, dirty clothes, dirty finger nails, dirty sex loll, and a dirty mouth! Oh, and a dirty body! (without saying i guess)

meggymoo's avatar

@BoBo1946 Good for you, nice to see a clean man.

wonderingwhy's avatar

Once a week, but it’s a daily process. We’d rather it be clean than messy, and we’ve found it just easier than letting things pile up and having to do it all at once.

Coloma's avatar

I’m a tidy person but have relaxed my standards a lot the last 6–7 years.

Did the ‘little women’ trip for years in my marriage and now that I am 7 years divorced and my daughter is on her own, if I have a choice between dusting and getting out in the sunshine, the dust can wait.

I clean about once a week and have the Merry Maids team every few months….a great arrangemet, because, I’m worth it! lol

MissAusten's avatar

I feel like I clean constantly, which you’d never guess if you walked into my house right now! With three kids, there are always messes. The kitchen is cleaned up as I go alone, except for the papers and mail that pile up at one end of the counter. One bathroom (the one my little boys use, with their bad aim) is quick-cleaned daily and thoroughly cleaned once a week. Our bathroom gets a good once-over at least once a week. I just the living room, sweep and vacuum the rug, once a week, but have to tidy it daily. Well, I have to make the kids tidy it daily, since it’s their crap that clutters it all up.

Mopping is the one thing I always put off for as long as I can. I hate to do it because the floors get dirty again so fast, with five of us in and out all of the time. I also never seem to get around to dusting our bedroom, so that get’s thick after a while, and the office is always cluttered. The kids are in charge of cleaning their own rooms, so two of them are almost always a disaster. My 6 year old actually prefers his room to be neat, and I’m not sure where he got that habit from.

Laundry, I should do a load every day, but I don’t. It tends to pile up, and once the hampers start to overflow I go crazy and get it all washed and put away. Then, for a while I’ll be better about keeping up with it. At least my kids are old enough now to put their own clean laundry away.

Sometimes I miss the days when I worked full-time. I’d clean the whole house over the weekend, and because we weren’t home all day messing it up, it stayed pretty decent all week. Now, I can go crazy cleaning the main areas of the house and by the next day they look like a wreck again. :(

Aethelwine's avatar

@MissAusten You just described our household. There’s always something to do each day. Laundry, dishes, picking up clutter. With my husband working at a ranch and having two large dogs at home, they are always tracking in some kind of mess, so I must vacuum daily.

I have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time, so I don’t mind the work.

drClaw's avatar

I hate spending a whole day cleaning, so I try to keep things clean as I go. This may seem like a good thing, but I take twice as long as most making mac’n’cheese which gets annoying sometimes.

gailcalled's avatar

I have a husband-and-wife team come in every other week to do the heavy stuff. I generally spent at least an hour daily doing the small stuff (kitchen, laundry, watering plants, and let us not forget Milo’s hygiene.)

On the day my couple comes, I spend an hour cleaning up so that they can clean.

anartist's avatar

As the mood strikes me. Usually I put it off as long as possible. That’s why I have 14 sets of underwear. Frequently, I clean to avoid something I want to put off more than cleaning. Sometimes I clean to order my thinking. [yes, I live alone]

Aster's avatar

I do it , a little bit daily, so it won’t get too bad. And besides, I like to keep a nice home for my MAN.
NOT. I do it to keep my sanity.

dpworkin's avatar

Never, because I don’t give a shit. Besides, it removes the protective coating.

partyparty's avatar

I clean daily. Load the dishwasher, the washing machine, hoover, dust etc (oh and brush the dogs).
I totally blitz the house about once a month, clearing out cupboards etc.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

The home is never clean. As soon as we do clean (which happens when the dust bunnies are giving the cats a run for their money or the infant spilled something again or the toddler squashed a bug) it gets dirty again.

janbb's avatar

Bathroom – once a week.
Dusting and vacuuming – usually every two weeks.
Kitchen – once a week or more if needed.

deni's avatar

i clean things when they need cleaned. if i see the tub needs scrubbed then i’ll do it. that’s mostly how i approach every cleaning situation. except dishes. i do them as i make them. i can’t stand a pile of crusty dishes so i never let it happen.

SamIAm's avatar

it depends on a lot of things. i tidy up daily and do dishes/clean kitchen after dinner nightly. depending on what cat litter i am using, sometimes i have to vacuum every day, but lately, i have discovered a way to keep the cat litter near the box (thank you fluther) so i don’t have to vacuum as frequently. litter box gets cleaned at least once a day, sometimes twice. i do heavy heavy cleaning (moving bed, stuff in kitchen, etc…) about once a month. but bathroom and good once over in the kitchen and main room weekly (or weekly and a halfish, depends on if i’m away on the weekends…) for sure.

MissAusten's avatar

@jonsblond I like to think that by not keeping the house immaculate, I am helping my children develop strong immune systems.

janbb's avatar

@MissAusten Still want to move in with you.

MissAusten's avatar

@janbb I have chocolate cake and a fresh pot of coffee. Come on over!

janbb's avatar

I am so there!

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Either I clean or the cleaner is in everyday. A cluttered dirty environment makes me feel uncomfortable; I also can’t find things in clutter.

YARNLADY's avatar

I clean a little bit every day. Many things get left to a point where they have to be done, such as vacumming – about once a month. I clean the sink and kitchen counters every day, the kitchen floor every time somebody spills something. The bathroom fixtures get cleaned once or twice a week, and the floors once a month or so.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I do a little bit each day. Laundry gets done as soon as I have enough for a full load of clothes. Dishes get done as I go. Kitchen gets cleaned as I go, swept as needed, and mopped once a week. Bathrooms get cleaned as needed (and with a little boy, that’s more than once a week) and gets a thorough cleaning once a week. Carpets get vacuumed at least once a week, but usually more often than that.

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