Tidy isn't the same as clean on Shalavee.com

Look around at my house and most of the time, it is tidy. I try to pick up after the mini tornado creators every day and a half. The feeling I have seeing no clutter beats the chaos I feel when I look around and see stuff everywhere. But there’s still the layer below that that niggles at me. The secret filth that I know is lurking everywhere that I will never conquer.

There’s the grease that flies around the kitchen because there’s no exhaust fan in there. It covers the back stairs and the fan and the top of the refrigerator. Eventually, I stab at it with degreaser but really there’s no winning that war. Until I get an exhaust fan.

Tidy isn't the same as clean on Shalavee.com

There’s the scuffed up dirty wooden floors that need to be revamped and haven’t seen a good mopping in I can’t remember how long. Clean doesn’t comprise just vacuuming but when the floors look this bad, who cares.

Tidy isn't the same as clean on Shalavee.com

There’s the layers of dust in hard places I can’t see that are too hard to reach. And the filth under the appliances that are too hard to move to care to get to. See, there’s an understanding that dirt is literally lurking everywhere and while I take a stab at scrubbing it off the windows every season and waxing my kitchen floor every month, there will never ever be a moment when I am alive that this house will be clean.

So I settle for tidy. And hope no one with white gloves comes for a visit.

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  1. Tidy is more than adequate. White glove clean is over rated. And, by the way, just how are we supposed to pull out the fridge or stove and clean behind them. It took two guys from the repair service to get my fridge away from the wall. It wasn’t as bad back there as I thought it would be.

    1. I thank you and completely agree Mala! I used to clean houses for a living so it’s all necessary in that realm. I once had a woman mad because I hadn’t moved her couch.

  2. Tidy is good, even wonderful. Cleaning issues have been around since evolving to learning to walk on two legs. At least we have walls and a roof, and less primitive living conditions.
    Still attempting a balance with the “must dos”- and must do–for our own wellbeing (mental health)– is like walking a tight rope aomedays. .
    Thank you for your wisdom and encouragement.

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