Daily Prompt: Odd Couple

31 Mar

Vintage ad Miracle Wall CleanerNot sure if I qualify for the WordPress Post A Day, coming in three months late, but I love the idea of the Daily Prompt. So, I’m jumping in, regardless.

The question is: Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?

I won’t touch on the (or office) because I work in a collaborative space that is generally tidy because of the transient nature of its occupants.


My home? A totally different matter!

It is a mess. It’s untidy. It’s not unclean. It’s not unsanitary. It’s just full of stuff. And no matter how often I vow to simplify, no matter how many episodes of Hoarders I watch, it never seems to be any less cluttered.

I don’t feel any anxiety or stress when people visit, though. I usually apologize for the mess and tell them that it’s always like this. After all, they are here to see me, and not my home, right?

I do tidy a little before people come over, but I wouldn’t say I clean. Cleaning is something that is done on a routine basis, not on a special occasion. I’ve tried numerous systems – the House Fairy, Clean Mama – I’ve printed out the checklists and the prompts, and I always seem to end up vowing to play catch-up. And that never happens.

The messiness does make me cranky occasionally, when I realize that there are three capable pairs of hands in this house, and there is only one pair of hands actually doing anything closely related to housework.

And today. Once again. I vow to change that.


2 Responses to “Daily Prompt: Odd Couple”


  1. What Would You Do If Lucifer Visited Your Home? | The Jittery Goat - March 31, 2013

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