How Clean is Clean?

by StephBuckwalter on February 10, 2011

This is a clean office.

This is a clean office.

If you are unhappy with how your house looks right now, how clean would it have to be to make you happy? Many times, we fall into the trap of thinking our homes have to look like that one neighbor who has an immaculate house. And when we strive for that and don’t get there, it is frustrating, or even depressing. I found myself in that trap until I actually started cleaning up my house after those years of neglect. I found that just being able to keep the floors picked up and swept was clean enough for me.

This office can also be considered clean.

This office can also be considered clean.

Once I got that going, I began to focus on the table and counter surfaces. Keeping those clear is still a challenge, but that is my new model of clean—seeing the floors AND seeing the counters. When you are starting over on keeping house, there is nothing wrong with setting your sites low in the beginning. Once you master that level of clean, enjoy it for awhile, then set a new level of clean. Over time, you can regain your vision of a clean home.

CC Photos by Dave Murphy

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