(Closed) SPINOFF: Confession time, Are you a domestic disaster?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: I am a domestic disaster because
    I don't separate laundry before washing lights/darks : (83 votes)
    11 %
    I machine wash everything, including sweaters & bras & dry clean only : (127 votes)
    17 %
    I don't fold clean laundry, I just pick out of the basket or throw in a pile on the floor : (66 votes)
    9 %
    If I'm out of clean socks/undies, sometimes I just buy more : (36 votes)
    5 %
    I never/rarely vacuum : (94 votes)
    13 %
    I never/rarely dust : (134 votes)
    18 %
    I throw away tupperware from lunch or forget to bring in from work/the car : (76 votes)
    10 %
    I don't bother recycling : (73 votes)
    10 %
    I put the dishes away wet/drippy/without drying : (37 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 62
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    280 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Ohhh dear.  I am embarrassed for a different reason.  I could not legitimately check one single, solitary box on that list.  Yikes.  I’ve always known I was anal retentive about domestic stuff, but I didn’t realize I was THAT much of a perfectionist until now. No wonder all of my friends/family make fun of me and call me Martha.

    I am probably insufferable, and I’m only just realizing it!  🙁

    Post # 63
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    155 posts
    Blushing bee

    Wow. Just wow. Apparently, I’m a total disaster. I kinda separate clothes, but I wouldn’t say I put effort into it. We wash the dishes when the sink gets full, or right before the cleaning lady shows up. Honestly, she’s the one who sweeps, dusts, mops, cleans the bathrooms, etc. To top it all off, I don’t cook. Neither does he. So, wow. Totally embarrassed Embarassed

    Post # 64
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We don’t have recycling centers here in rural Nevada… You have to drive to either Reno or Vegas (or maybe Elko?), and I’m sorry, I’m NOT filling my car with every can, bottle, newspaper, etc. and driving hundreds of miles just to get rid of it.

    So, I suppose I am a little bit of a domestic disaster/ not very green:)

    Post # 65
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    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For me it’s the windows and the dusting. It’s just me and my husband so there is never a big mess so doing all the other stuff regularly is no big deal. However, I do dust when it absolutely looks dirty and when I deep clean my house that is when I do the windows as well.

    Post # 66
    Hostess
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Depends…. In regards to clutter, a few of my closets can be pack rat-ish. Organization wise, I know exactly where everything is. Both Darling Husband and I know how to do laundry well and I’ve been told repeatedly that I cook and bake really well.

    Post # 67
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    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I love to cook!  I love grocery shopping, and I cook from scratch every night (I have food allergies, plus I’m really picky so I kind of have to).  Everything else?  Forget it.  I don’t even know if I know how to clean properly.

    Post # 68
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    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I feel pretty good about my domesticity as I only checked 2. HOWEVER, although I may cook and clean and all that jazz, I feel that I just don’t do it ENOUGH. My poor Darling Husband has been picking up some of the slack since I’ve been so busy with work and school. I vaccum and dust but I don’t do it often enough so one day I look around and think I AM WAYYYYY BEHIND. Surprised

    Post # 69
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    335 posts
    Helper bee

    I didn’t expect to fail to check any of them.  I guess that means I’m a domestic diva?

    I’m extremely meticulous about folding certain things, such as towels, which must be completely uniform (no edges showing, just smooth front, and a divided side when they’re in the linen closet).  When things are folded, they must be folded the same way, and laid atop each other in the same fashion.  The only things I do not fold are panties and bras, but I do fold men’s underwear.  I will admit that I loathe folding fitted sheets, though. When I do laundry, I separate out jeans (since there are enough to have their own load), blacks, blues, whites, reds, lights, brights, neutrals, and towels.  Dry cleaning gets dry cleaned, I pay careful attention to sweater tags to make sure I’m not going to shrink anything by accidentally putting it into the dryer, and so on.

    I actually enjoy vacuuming.  I don’t mind doing the windows.  Dusting is only a pain if there’s too much bric-a-brac to move out of the way.  I enjoy sweeping.  I clean the floor on my hands and knees with a rag and Pine-Sol water, because you can’t see the dirt when you’re using a mop.  I’d go on, but yeah.  I’m not OCD, per say, though I may be a little, I certainly hyperfocus, though, and if I’m really in a cleaningbug  mode, I will dust/clean things like the moulding. I may get lax on dishes, but I will usually clean the ones I dirty, for myself.  If I’m cooking dinner, though, I’m not doing dishes.  I think my biggest cleaning pet peeve is when the bathroom sink faucet gets dried, used toothpaste on it… like, when someone brushed their teeth, rinsed the toothpaste out of their mouth, and toothpaste/water mix sprinkled onto the faucet, only to dry in powdery-looking little drops.  I hope my SO doesn’t do that, because I don’t see taking a little handful of water and letting it run over the faucet head to rinse it off as such a huge bit of work.

    I love cooking/baking, particularly from scratch.  I prefer to recycle, though I don’t really care for curbside recycling, I prefer turning recycling in to recycling plants.

    Some of these are because I learned from what my mother did do, some because I disagreed with some things she didn’t.

    Post # 70
    Member
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I hate dusting. I’ll do pretty much everything else!

    Post # 71
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    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’ve improved a lot since my days of living alone, but I still dread a lot of cleaning chores. We’re usually pretty good about dishes and laundry but I’m not a huge fan of things like vacuuming, dusting, etc. I do love to cook, though!

    The best cleaning motivator is usually that we like to entertain–we always do our best cleaning when company is coming over. We’re moving into a house (from our one bedroom apartment) and I’m hoping that more space and more storage will help me stay a little more organized.

    Post # 73
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    10650 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Laundry, I am great at, except I do let it pile up as I hate our shared machines.  They are filthy!

    Cooking I am learning and am getting pretty decent at.

    Cleaning, not so much.  Many of the cleaners bother my breathing and I just hate doing it.  Darling Husband will clean more frequently, but does more spot based things.  Cleaning the shower means cleaning just the tub to him.  Cleaning the bathroom means cleaning the toilet.  At least the most important things are done more frequently because of him, and then I do the full job less frequently.

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