Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Neat Freak...NOT the same as a Clean Freak

Well--I am a self-proclaimed neat freak. I don't like clutter. I don't like chaos. I don't like tripping over toys or a basket of un-folded laundry. I start to twitch a little and get quite overwhelmed when my house is a "mess". I do realize that this is a relative term that can mean different things to different people. I consider my house a mess when the dishes aren't loaded and my bed isn't made and there are at least 5 toys/books strewn about and a magazine on the floor. Lately it has been an explosion! Keeping up with the baby's bottles, handprints on the wall, dirty underwear (potty training), and Christmas and birthday toys strewn everywhere-- all while caring for a baby and a 3 year old has proved to be more difficult than I thought. Sometimes a girl just needs a nap. So--sometimes my house is a "mess". Thankfully Rob NEVER considers our house an actual mess (I have no clue what it would take for him to notice a mess-- probably a literal tornado blowing through the place.)

Anyway, I am a neat freak. However I am not necessarily a clean freak. I don't usually allow people in my master bath or to open my microwave or in my garage. Sometimes you can write your name in the dust on my entertainment center. And don't you dare open up the junk drawer in the kitchen! As you can see in the pictures I had a very very dirty oven. In fact-I'm ashamed to say I had NEVER cleaned it in the five years we've lived here. (Heather and Pam are probably throwing up in their mouths right now) It's really been bothering me for a while now, but I managed to put off cleaning it because it can be shut and you don't have to see the mess inside. However, the recent angelfood cake explosion caused a necessary cleaning. I was so excited to just get it done I had to do a posting about it.

BUT--I also wanted to vent about the last of the instructions on the can of oven cleaner ---to keep oven clean wipe up spills immediately. I am a bit offended that the cleaning company thought it necessary to tell me something so elementary. OBVIOUSLY if I clean up every spill or mess I will never have a dirty oven. However, that instruction could not have been written by someone who actually cooks on a regular basis or who has more than one small child. By the time the oven has cooled off from recent use I have moved on to 5 other projects, jobs, or am asleep on the couch.

1 comment:

Little House in the Desert said...

Totally hear you on this one! I feel like after I am done tidying things up and doing the massive amount of dishes and laundry that every day makes there is hardly any time for deep cleaning! I sit there nursing my baby staring at the fan blades wondering how so much dust can collect on them when they are always spinning around so fast! And further wondering when I will ever clean them... :) As for the oven--atleast one good thing--this house came with a gas oven so the pilot light is beneath and because of that the bottom of the oven (where all the food falls and collects) actually comes out! I could take it out and scrub it in the sink or outside--pretty cool! With that said...I haven't actually done that yet--but it's cool that I could...You have inspired me--maybe tomorrow :)