I heard something on TV very briefly the other week about it being ‘common’ (what a word) to obsessively keep your house clean.
I suppose this stems from the days of the lower classes being ‘the help’ and then maintaining those standards at home, along with the sampler phrases of ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’. In short, you may not be wealthy, but you can always be clean. And obviously the wealthy valued cleanliness, which is why they paid other people to do it.
Nowadays, I don’t think it’s anything to do with your position in social hierarchy.
And does it even matter? Personal hygiene is a bit different, but is house cleanliness important?
Speaking with the Big Big Man about our childhood memories, and we both remember mothers who obsessively cleaned. Who spent more time vacuuming and polishing than it deserved. I refuse to be that parent.
I really admire people who keep their house immaculate; washing their skirting boards, cleaning out their cutlery trays and vacuuming daily.
I just cannot be bothered.
I like clean. I love tidy. But I turn into psycho woman; if I clean the house, I like it to stay that way, and I get irrationally ratty when my family mess it up. So to prevent the tantrums and stressiness, I don’t clean like I used too.
My house is always tidy. The floor always needs a vacuum, you’ll always find dust somewhere (definitely on the skirting) and there’ll always be fingerprints on at least one glossy surface. I clean as I go along, through the week, doing the bits that really need doing.
I would like my house to be shiny clean, but I have let that notion go until I no longer have small people to worry about. I prefer to build dens and play hungry frogs rather than frantically mop the kitchen floor, only for it to be trashed at the next mealtime.
I don’t live in a shit-tip I hasten to add, I just prioritise what needs doing, and cleaning is normally at the bottom of the list.
I have wealthy friends who live like slobs and wealthy friends who have more than a touch of OCD, and the same can be said for my friends who are more economically challenged.
Either you’re a house-cleaning person, or you’re not. Regardless of your social standing.