how often do you or should you clean your house?

@misc11 (384)
United States
April 30, 2011 4:47pm CST
Recently, my boyfriend got mad at me because he said I don't clean enough. He washes the dishes after dinner, and I have told him I am not going to help because I don't want to wash dishes after dinner. If he wanted to leave the dishes in the sink, I would gladly do them the next morning, but he doesn't want to leave them, so he does them every night. I am a clean person and make the bed every day, pick up everything off the floor and make sure everything is tidy. I clean the bathrooms and floors once every 2 weeks and do a big clean once every couple of months. I vacuum the carpets once every couple of weeks but we do not have pets so our carpets stay pretty clean. In my opinion, I think this is enough for a small place like ours, but my boyfriend doesn't agree! How often do you or should you clean your house?
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
2 May 11
As for me, i cleaned my home everyday for certain areas like in living room, dining room and bedroom. As for the cabinets, i will cleaned them every few months, to make sure no spider-webs around them. As for the floors, i am sweeping and mopping them everyday, to make sure no dirts, as my son like to put his toy car and robots on the floor. After ever lunch and dinner, i and my sisters take turn to clean those dishes. Because my home can easily attract ants, so i try to make sure that the surrounding and inside of my home is always clean.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
Sounds like your BF perhaps might have some control issues? and you are smart to stand up for your preferences. Too many women give in too quickly to the man's insistence, just to keep the peace. You sound like you enjoy a neat place without being a fanatic. I would talk to your bf when things are calm and come to some compromise. Good luck to you. Sounds as if this one can be worked out without too much trouble. I like to keep things tidy too without being a fanatic. I will say I prefer waking up to a clean sink with no dishes, but since that is my preference I also take responsibility for doing it :)
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
1 May 11
i always clean the house but after an hour it all messy again hehehehe my 3 year old nephew is is always playing around. but even if i keep all his toys, he can still find something he can play with and then mess the house again. well i do the dishes right after we eat but sometimes when i am too tired at night, i wash them in the morning when i wake up. i clean the bathroom every now and then, and i sweep the floor everyday. my dad is like your boyfriend, they hate seeing the dirty dishes in the sink. he'd wash it and then get mad at us all. he wants us to clean the wash the dishes after eating and clean the sink after. i still think you are doing a good job, you do all the cleaning and that is all hard work. and i am just happy to know you are living with your boyfriend i wish i was too...
@gstitzer (104)
• United States
1 May 11
If you don't have pets and a small place then I think a thorough cleaning once every 2 to 3 weeks should be good providing you keep the place tidy and pick up after yourself. As far as dishes go. I don't like dishes in the sink any more than the next person but I do agree that sometimes I don't like to do them right after dinner. I think that as long as it's not a large amount of dishes that they can wait fill morning.
• China
1 May 11
i can't stand my room dirty either .since my roommate haven't a good habit of cleaning the room ,there were cold war happened between us when her trash can has been full but she still didn't empty her garbage.As for the period i clean the house it depends,we almost sweep the floor every day and would wash my clothes when i have free time,i'm satisfied with my dormitory and my roommate become clean than ever before...
• Philippines
1 May 11
I always clean the house. I make it a habit to do my bed daily,water my plant, walk the dog so she doesn't poop anywhere in the house, sweep the floor and wipe dust. Weekly, i clean the dog and her den, i change linens and tidy up the whole house. I also make time for the garden so that the plants will have a good vent. For me, it's a matter of making it a habit.
@lady1993 (20073)
• Philippines
1 May 11
I think you are clean enough ..maybe your boyfriend is a clean freak..kidding. You even clean more than we do. I just sweep around the house every 2 or 3 days, and we vacuum the entire house once or twice in a year..But we always do the dishes after eating though- the sink looks ugly if there's still dishes to do.
• United States
1 May 11
I agree with you. I know it would make it easer to do the dishes after dinner but I would rather do them in the morning. If you had pets or kids you would have to clean more but for what your doing with your own situation it sounds just fine.
• United States
1 May 11
I believe that you do your best and it's nothing wrong with what you are saying if he has a problem then make him clean everything and see how you be feeling at the end of the day. Your husband is a little like my husband and they just have their ways of being stubborn.
• Philippines
1 May 11
Our place is not that big. I clean twice a day, morning and in late afternoon. We do the general cleaning once a week or twice or thrice a month. Its nice to stay in a clean house.
@Ramaditya (1227)
• Indonesia
30 Apr 11
I still live with my Mom, and she is exactly the same like your boyfriend. For minor cleaning (sweep the floor, etc) I do it everyday because my Mom loves to see her house in "like new" condition every morning. But we do the major cleaning (reach our basement, etc) every Saturday. Well, about your boyfriend, perhaps he's right. You should wash after dinner and do not let it until morning, because sometimes it smells bad and it will look nicer if you do it soon. But no matter, I sometimes wash it in the morning also. :)
@tink91879 (746)
• United States
30 Apr 11
I have two kids and two dogs, i vaccum pretty much every day. I clean the bathrooms once a week, except the kids bathroom which is wiped down almost daily from the mess they make. I mop once a week and do spot clean ups through out the week. I dust weekly. Make beds everyday. Keep the kitchen clean. I do a clean of the kitchen everytime I run the dishwasher where I clean the counters, sinks, microwave and I put the sponge in the dishwasher everytime I run it. Laundry is almost a daily thing as well. Even when i didnt have kids I seemed to do a lot of this time weekly. I have always had animals. I like things cleaned up and ready for the next day. kids rooms cleaned before bed, kitchen clean, so when i get up in the am and start I have that stuff done. Especially when my daughter has to get ready for school in the morning. Easier to get her ready when I dont have other things in the way.
• United States
30 Apr 11
Of course it is a personal choice as to when but here at home it is a daily cleaning for us. We both do our fair share so it is not so hard for the both of us to do it daily. Although it is only two of us we are both in the habit of cleaning up daily. Dishes is one thing that neither one of us like to leave in the sink. What helps me is that when I am cooking I clean up as I cook so the only thing to wash after dinner is the pots and plates we are using at the moment so not much of a chore after. Maybe he can help you a bit with some of it and this way both have the extra time to share together.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
30 Apr 11
I'm like your boyfriend I can't go to bed with dishes in the sink. I clean my house once a week and do laundry once or twice depending on the need. I do a big cleaning at least once a month. Sheets are changed every four to five days and towels are changed after three days of use. I like a clean house and I have been told I have OCD when it comes to cleaning. I just like to have everything in order at all times and the house to be spotless. No matter how big or small the place is it still gets dirty so I think once every two weeks is probably not good enough.
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
30 Apr 11
With two children, and two dogs, I am constantly cleaning. There are days that I am sick, or just exhausted that I don't do as much, but I still do some cleaning. I have to do dishes everyday because I have bottles that I have to keep up with. I think that cleaning really depends on your circumstance. In my circumstance I need to do a little bit of cleaning everyday just to keep up with everything. In your case it seems like you have a pretty good cleaning habit since it is just you and your boyfriend. I can't imagine that your house ever gets all that dirty.
@SmallFryK (115)
• United States
30 Apr 11
Not often enough! I like my place to be clean, but there seems to never be enough time for upkeep. My husband and I work full time, one of our kids is school-age and the other is special needs (he has epilepsy). We do the dishes every day or two days, and we moved last month. We have not cleaned except for what gets dirty (sweeping the kitchen, wiping counters) because we have what feels like a million boxes still to sort and unpack. However, our place is not dirty, it's just a little cluttered at the moment. I think what it really boils down to is what feels dirty to you. Doing the dishes every night is sometimes a better option because then you don't have to worry about it smelling, or if you miss food during rinsing (if you even rinse them) it's not caked on the next day. Some people clean every day. Even before I moved, I was more of a weekend cleaner, as there was more time. The kids keep their toys picked up, we keep the trash in the garbage so it doesn't pile up.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 Apr 11
i do my best to give my house the weekly cleaning that it deservss. i do have to say that i am guilty inoften falling short of this goal.