Sometimes I wonder if an apartment is easier to keep clean than a house. What do you think? I used to believe it was true, but that was when I lived by myself, worked full time, and was away from home all day.
Now I think an apartment might have less space to clean, but there is nowhere for stuff to hide. Mess has a bigger impact. You can’t simply shut the door to a messy room when you live in every room every single day. You have to pick up more often in an apartment.
If I leave a couple of plates on the small countertop, the whole kitchen looks messy. A shirt on the floor makes the bedroom unkept.
For a while I was leaving my projects out in the open so they would be convenient to come back to later.
“Don’t put the ironing board away, I’m not done with it yet!”
“Leave the sewing machine right there, I think I still want to use it.” (Even though it was on the floor in the walkway to the bathroom, and I hadn’t used it in a week.)
One time my family was running around doing a quick pickup and Doug finally put away a couple of things I had left out until I could have time to work on them again.
Hmm, it only took a few seconds to put those things away, and it did look better.
Lately I’ve been trying to put more things away because I know it will take a much longer time than I expect before I can come back to it. This way I won’t have to look at a half-completed project a hundred times until then.
More than that, I’ve been focusing on finding a home for things, because the things that linger on the kitchen counter and tabletops have no certain place to go. It becomes automatically easier to put something away when you know exactly where it belongs. You don’t have to make a decision about it, you can just put it away.
In our family we turn on Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” really loud and everyone runs around picking up for five minutes.