Its difficult not to compare yourself to other people isn’t it?
My mother-in-law keeps the most obsessively clean house I have ever been to. Every inch is scrubbed and polished, the kitchen and bathroom are bleached twice daily and dust is too frightened to settle. She must do at least two loads of laundry a day and I feel dirty just standing there.
My house will never be like that.
By contrast I have a friend who seems pathologically incapable of cleaning except before major events. Dishes go unwashed for weeks on end, bins fill up and don’t get emptied, clean and dirty laundry mixes indiscrimately in every room of the house and drifts of paper colonise the floors.There but for the grace of the gods…
So what counts as normal? What do you do?
In my 2 adult, 1 dog (no kids) household with 1.5 jobs, a PhD in progress and a serious predeliction for sleep we manage the following:
Washing-up – everyday [occasionally every other day, more often twice a day]
Laundry – 2 or 3 loads a week
Vacuuming -at least once a week, sometimes every other day
Kitchen – surfaces cleaned once or twice a day, floor washed 5 or 6 times a week, fridge cleaned every couple of months, corners dusted once every 6 months or so
Bathroom – toilet scrubbed once or twice a week, sink cleaned every week, bath scrubbed every fortnight, floor scrubbed every 2 or 3 weeks
Bedroom – dusted about once a year
The house never feels clean or tidy. I feel like I can never get on top of the chores. How do people with full-time jobs and/or children cope?
I wonder if it is a matter of perception.. what should I be doing? what is normal?
I think I need to adjust my expectations and throw some stuff away!