Tidy house, tidy mind, tidy wallet?


Hello Dear Reader,

When we moved into Thrift cottage back in 2013 we inherited someone’s kitchen, their taste and style. It’s not what I’d have chosen but it’s perfectly serviceable and will last for years to come. My cooker is on its last legs but whilst it can still function then it’ll stay just as it is. Every night, I give it a good clean and shine. Often we can convince ourselves that something needs replacing but we can bring it back to life by treasuring it and at the very least by keeping it clean. I’ve just noticed the mug ring on the left side and went straight down to wipe it off.

There’s something really satisfying about keeping a tidy house and personally, I find it both relaxing and satisfying. For me, it’s a brain dumping activity that keeps my brain in good order. Also, I’m really aware of the money it saves me as a house kept in good order lasts longer. 

Any other tidy people out there? It can’t be just me.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

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25 thoughts on “Tidy house, tidy mind, tidy wallet?

  1. That sounds like me too. I like things clean and orderly. It doesn’t have to be flash. I think a well kept home is inviting. My safe place in the world.

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  2. I keep a very tidy home. I enjoy cleaning. Cleaning allows me a level of control I don’t typically have elsewhere. Also, when my home pleases me aesthetically, I find little reason to go outside if its boundaries (and spend $) for relaxation/enjoyment.
    I think your kitchen is lovely!

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  3. I need order. Maintenance of white goods means they last longer.
    I’m not obsessional (compared to my mum ) but my house csn be ready for posh guests in an hour if need be.

    I hoover thoroughly twice a week. Quick hoovers other times as needed dye to dog or child crumbs.

    I have a dog , older and small child so it’s a never ending job.

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  4. I used to be tidy–much more so than I am now. My untidy family has worn me down over the years. My older DD was a total slob. No fixing that. She did get better when she moved out. At one time we noted that her sewing machine was in the back of her Volvo. No idea why. Second DD is quite neat but keeps too much stuff! My husband was not very tidy but as long as you do the corners for him every once in a while, he co-operates. He apparently can only see the centers of things and gets used to piles in the corners. I HATE piles, although I will accept that he has a pile of “things to read next.” I have been working on serious de-cluttering for a couple years already but things seem to come in faster than I can get them out. I have a basement, two floors of smallish rooms (4 bedrooms), an attic, and a two story barn. My husband has a one car garage also. My daughter and her husband store lots of their extra things here. She knows she needs to help with decluttering but has been sick for the past 5 months. When she finishes her 6 week regimen of pills, she will need surgery. My granddaughter happily takes things to her apartment when we offer them. She’s acquired a large amount of “STUFF” of her own already, at 25.

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    • I understand..we are on the same situation..i used to be very tidy amd neat freak..
      But my kids are growing and i always follow their traces..my husband hoards so many things…including puberty clothes…when i look around its not the same home i used to live. I cant move nor breathe….so exhausting

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  5. How I wish I could keep tidy. I try hard and fail. Put every day I keep on plugging on. The kitchne looks wonderful to me.

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  6. Hi Froogs,
    Like you, I like my home to be clean and tidy. I like this to be the case inside and outside. Hubby is unwell and unable to do a lot of the outside jobs. Today I swept and mopped my fully tiled house and then decided to get outside and mow the lawn. This activity was followed up with the blower being used on the veranda and the front porch. I can now sit back and relax as the house and grounds are taken care of.

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  7. I’m the same. I hate clutter and everything has its place. Having said that, I am not anal about doing the dishes if I can’t be bothered some nights and the bed sometimes doesn’t get made until I get home from work. But I love a tidy house!

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  8. Like you we enjoy a tidy uncluttered house. We buy good quality furniture but expect it to last a long time. We even sold our 12 year old sofas and got Β£300 for them, result! We have children and have thought them how to respect our living environment and they help with tidying up too. An example would be that they only eat in the kitchen or dining room and not take food around the house. The one negative I have noticed is that friends are very happy to come to our house but at the slightest mention of us going to their homes there’s often an excuse offered by them that their house is a mess so we don’t get to visit them. I do wish they wouldn’t do this as just because we are tidy we don’t expect everyone to live as we do it’s more their company that’s important and not if they’d washed their floors.

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  9. Agree, especially a cleared kitchen. Stresses me out to enter a kitchen and have to clean before I can cook. Bathrooms and kitchens will always pass the strictest of health inspections here. While there may be a stack of magazine for reading next to my chair, I tend to keep them neatly organized until I can get to them. Visual clutter does add to mind clutter. I am currently remodeling my forever home-a very modest one compared to most in this area of the USA. I am choosing wisely, for longevity with durability and energy conservation in mind. I’ve almost completely redone all of the mechanicals and all of the appliances here. This is an investment in my future. I always choose white appliances, as they never go out of style. Need to replace a fridge? no worries about it not matching the latest craze. While lots of upgrades are taking place, due to shoddy workmanship that is out of code from the former owner, I am not pushing the envelope on the decorating scheme. Refinished floors, paint on walls and making do with existing kitchen cabinets and counter, both of which should be replaced due to wear and tear and a general lack of maintenance which has been the theme at the home for years. The kitchen redo is on the 5 year plan. I need to recover, financially, from the current expenditures.

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  10. We have friends who have had 3 sofas in the same period we’ve had one. We look after everything and it’s always clean and tidy.

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  11. I am also a tidy person…I tidied up last night before going to sleep, and this morning while the coffee was cooking, I emptied the dishwasher and put a few more things in their place. I am happy to say the house is back in order for another day! I really enjoy your blog, although i don’t post often, I am still out here as a fan πŸ˜‰

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  12. I need our home to be clean and tidy or else my depression is ramped up quite a few notches. However, I have two obstacles: severe, painful osteoarthritis in my lower back, and I also have an untidy husband. I can’t do anything about the first problem (I’ve tried lots of different pain killers) but I’m working on the second. πŸ˜‰
    I’ve got rid of loads of clutter over the past 9 years (that’s when I met and married my husband). I’m not a minimalist – I found that out the hard, expensive way! But I am an organisational freak! πŸ™‚

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  13. Beside the pleasure I receive from keeping a clean and tidy home, and fixing small problems before they become expensive ones, these things help with the house’s resale value.

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  14. I’m very lucky that my husband and boys are all very tidy (although we are all working on the 2 year old). We keep our stuff to a minimum and have regular clear outs. Friends are often surprised that I can keep finding stuff to put out but I find that it accumulates at a rate of knots. The boys help tidy away their toys every night and I like to wake up to a clean kitchen – it only takes 10 minutes at night. My husband works long hours and so most housework and garden work falls to me. Most of our furniture is second hand but I find that if I maintain it and keep it clean then it still makes a very inviting environment. Guests often comment on how cosy and comfortable our home is. I love that people feel comfortable in our home!

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    • I wish my husband was as tidy as yours! He comes home from work and within the space of 5 minutes he has somehow magically managed to fill any tidy area or space with his junk, it drives me mad!

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  15. I love a clean home! A couple of days ago I actually searched your blog for your cleaning posts and read every one of them. Totally enjoyed reading them! πŸ™‚

    Melinda

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  16. I love having a clean house, it’s not as neat as I’d like but we’re slowly decluttering and organising rooms as we moved our family of 5 (3 young kids) into a smaller house a few years ago.
    We regularly find new homes for things and I love it when I remove clutter from a room – then I can mostly keep on top of the room (until we unpack another box or discover another pile of clutter somewhere).
    Our kids are 10, 8, 5 and we’ve started this year to really teach them how to complete jobs around the house well. It’s made such a difference to the state of our house. It means our weekly jobs are quicker too (though the 5 year old obviously needs more help).
    I’ve really been enjoying my autumn clean as Spring was just too busy to clean my house well, last year.

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  17. This level of order and tidiness is something I aspire to! We have also recently moved and inherited a perfectly serviceable, if slightly tired around the edges, kitchen not to my taste but the cupboards are of such good quality that it wouldn’t make sense to dump them and replace with something not so good so I will be doing a full repaint of the doors and cupboards again…we did exactly the same in our last cottage and although it takes a little while the results are excellent πŸ™‚ After that, then we’ll see how tidy I can be!!!

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  18. Love the post and the comments. I am a minimalist and like tidy spaces. When I got my wheelchair years ago, it became an imperative to keep stuff picked up just to get around and I ended up getting rid of a shed load and haven’t looked back. I have a cleaner who is always impressed at the state of the place. So far today, I’ve washed up and put away dishes and laundry, changed two litter boxes and four water bowls, dished up cat and human breakfast and now will rest a bit before unmaking the bed and washing the sheets. Your kitchen is very nice.

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  19. I use to be extremely clean and ordered but have had two surprises ds 20mts and dd 3 months after 10 year gap and gone back doing a course to top it off. I hope to get to my good place (younger baby has been very unwell since her arrival and had horrible pregnancy) soon as it’s were I’m happy is when my little cottage is neat and pleasant to look at it. Following you years.

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  20. Always been clean and tidy – even as a child. I didn’t have much toys or fancy shoes/clothes growing up so whatever I had, I kept them really well. I think this had a huge impact on how I would treat my things as an adult. My mother was NOT going to replace anything should I throw it around and treat them like rubbish. My school accessories looked new because I cleaned them after each term and hence they looked nice while the ones my friends had looked like it’d been dragged through.. well, it was! That mentality followed me throughout college living in a dorm and when I got married. Not a flashy person but I had a habit of making the best out of dreary places. All you needed was elbow grease, dishwashing liquid and a good scrubber. Funny thing is people seem to think that I have nice expensive things when they are actually not. Sometimes it was a free junky (at first) castoff that I cleaned out. It’s amazing what perfectly good, useful things get thrown out because they look old and crummy. I love watching home reno shows but sometimes want to yell at the tv when they rip out perfectly nice kitchen cabinet because they were “dated”. Paint them! Change the knobs! πŸ˜›

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  21. I think we are on the same wavelength. If I could find another couple of hours every day I’d do even more cleaning and tidying, I even do all jobs outside e.g. cutting the grass, removing of weeds, looking after plants. Admittedly there are days where I wish my husband would want to help out but I’d never win as I always find fault with his so called “cleaning attempts” – I swear he does a half arse job on purpose!

    Like your kitchen, I too have a small one and I think that is where a lot of my drive comes from if I’m honest. I live in a small house with 2 cats and 2 small children and to think of caving in and letting us all live like pigs is not an option. I am very strict with things like tidy up time with my children because I feel it is important that they realise they don’t have all the space in the world do to whatever they like.

    I like to think that living this way will only pay off when we can move into a bigger home, the routine and the reasoning behind the cleaning because it’ll come so easily!

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