(Closed) Clean house = relaxed/proactive/focused?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
4238 posts
Honey bee


Yes, it’s harder for me to relax at home when it’s not tidied up to my standards. Then again, “clean house = hubs is on a business trip” and that stinks, too.



Post # 3
46 posts

totally agree! especially the kitchen, a clean kitchen makes me feel like a new person. overall though i am not great at maintaining a clean house, it is usually at least a couple days of build up before i snap and tidy it all!

Post # 4
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

He likes it tidier than me. He thinks I should vacuum daily (like both of our mothers did), but between grad school, work and mentorships I am busy. It is more of a weekly thing for me. We keep it cleaned up but “lived in, mail on the counter, a glass in the sink”, the dust and dog fur need to be attended to weekly. We are usually tidy enough for people to drop by but not pristine for a random party. I do a Spring Clean before leaving town. I love coming home to a perfectly clean home. 


Maybe hire someone to do a quick spruce up every week?

Post # 5
2663 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

summerbride2016:  It works like that for my husband. It actually drives me around the bend and it’s something he needs to stop doing. He’ll have a day off and spend it cleaning and running errands until he’s exhausted.

I like a clean and tidy house but not at the expense of relaxing. Life is too short.

Post # 6
1653 posts
Bumble bee

Thats me, I cant relax or do anything till my house is clean. Vacations are the worse, I have to have everything pin neat, in place, instructions for pet feeding etc before I walk out the door.  Does it happen the way I vision it? no, never, but I keep trying.  I usually get so annoyed that I cant have everything perfect that I end up throwing stuff in a room and closing the door to end the clutter mess.  And the holidays are here and this is where it all starts. 

Post # 7
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Darling Husband is a clean freak, which keeps our home very spotless. Like, if we listed the house today, not much would need to be done except to get some things off of our kitchen counters.

I am not a messy person, but I go through phases. However, I always felt like my bedroom looked better with my bed made. And, I would get stressed if my house/apartment was just too much. So, I agree… I think a clean house does make you feel relaxed.

Post # 8
5035 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

This made me think, when I was a child I couldn’t even sleep if my room was too messy.  I definitely find it more relaxing when my home is tidy and clean, though I am not a neat freak.

Post # 9
4521 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am definitely more relaxed and less stressed out if the house is tidy. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but I feel better if it’s more or less picked up.

Post # 10
888 posts
Busy bee

summerbride2016:  I am a clean freak out of necessity, I can’t find a gd thing if my house is not picked up.  We also alwlays seem to have a hectic life (who doesn’t) but someone is always dropping by, coming over for dinner on a moments notice, etc. and it gives me peace that my house is always entertainment ready at any time.  Idk, I enjoy a clean home, I guess too many business trips and staying in a hotel that has housekeeping daily changed my perspective.  My environment is very important to my overall state of mind so I enjoy keeping it nice.  Sometimes though, as I am vacuuming at 9:45 PM on a work night, do I wish I couuld just let it go – sort of but I find if I do a little every night, keeping the whole house clean is manageable.

Post # 11
8246 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

theatrejulia:  have you shown him where the vacuum lives so he can do it if he wants it done so frequently? I wish my house was tidier (it makes cleaning easier and I actually like cleaning) but if hubs tried to tell me to do it rather than helping out himself there would be an argument of epic proportions!

Post # 12
5954 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I definitely like it clean before  leave on vacay, except I never really go on vacay anymore. I don’t think my house is ever messy or dirty enough where it would super bug me. I’m sure we all have different standards, though!

Post # 13
3307 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is me to a T. I am relentless in my pursuit of cleanliness and order lol. 

Post # 14
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

summerbride2016:  I definitely need to have the space around me clean and organized when I’m trying tostudy. but between going to school full time and working full time I usually end up cleaning on days I need to study so that I can study. Darling Husband and I both like to come home to a clean house after going out of town so we do a deep clean before that! I just can’t seem to keep a house organized on a regular basis… Oh well!

Post # 15
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yep, that’s how I am, too. Not that I can’t relax to the point of neuroticism, but we are very clean. Fiance and I have pretty shared standards of cleanliness and share the housework pretty equally in that respect. Though I absolutely cannot focus in very cluttery messy environments, that drives me crazy. But if I haven’t vacuumed in a few days, I can let that go and get things done if need be. We always deep clean before a vacation, though. Hate coming back and knowing that we need to catch up on work at our jobs and then not be able to relax at home because we have to catch up on cleaning, too. It just makes coming home nicer to know a clean house awaits!

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