Dirty House? Tips for Managing the Mess


OK, ’fess up. Is your house ready for company at this very moment? If I showed up unannounced at your front door (which would, admittedly, be very rude, even under the assumption that we’re good friends), would you welcome me in promptly and unapologetically? Would you begrudgingly let me past the front door while offering copious excuses for “the mess?” Or, would you hover tightly between door and door frame to block any view of the travesty of residential cleanliness within?


Stop kidding yourself. It’s OK to embrace the fact that your house won’t clean itself and that you and the other inhabitants therein are never going to get around to it either. Admit you need outside support to keep your dwelling from smelling, and get a housekeeper already.

I did. I got Phyllis.

Phyllis is the wonderful soul who comes to my humble abode every other week and swiffs and scrubs everything back into a state of sparkle. She arrives with one or two trusty sidekicks and, armed with cleaning ample paraphernalia, works magic on every surface and in every corner of my home.

Before I met Phyllis, I’d always thought housekeepers were for other people. My house isn’t that big, we don’t have kids, and we watch our budget. How could I justify paying somebody to clean when I could take care of it?

Well, after going into business for myself last year and becoming blessedly more swamped than ever with work, cleaning the house dropped to the bottom of my to-do list. Though I managed to contain the clutter (I work from home, so basic order is a must), I let the dust collect and the shower grime grow. I didn’t have the energy to spend my rare and treasured spare time cleaning.

Thankfully, a friend told me about Phyllis (I still owe you one, Amanda), and the rest is history. It’s a relief—a joy, really—to know I can rely on Phyllis to keep the house in check while I’m busy being COE (Chief of Everything) in my own business. “Phyllis” is now an immovable line item in my monthly budget, a necessary indulgence that trumps pedicures, eating out or Target shopping as a must-have.

There are a few reasons why you should consider finding a Phyllis of your own. A cluttered, dirty house may cost you more than the fees of a housekeeper. When my house was mucky and yucky, I’d find many reasons to not be there, reasons that often involved spending money, like eating out or shopping. It’s amazing how content I am to eat in and just be home when everything is clean and inviting.

Good housekeepers are probably better at cleaning than you are. I know my home has benefited from some of Phyllis’s trade secrets. Phyllis has more experience and tricks up her sleeve than I ever will for getting the house clean. She’s truly a pro at what she does, and I gladly defer to her expertise.

A really clean house is good for your health. When you regularly delay cleaning, you’re letting your home become a harbinger of allergens, such as dust, grime and dirt. Some reports say that we humans spend upwards of 85% of our time indoors, and we should do everything possible to keep things clean and indoor air quality high.

What good is a well-designed, beautifully appointed home if it’s always dirty and never ready for company that might pop in? Come clean, and let somebody else do the dirty work. And if you’re interested in Phyllis, drop me a line. I might be willing to share her!
Not quite ready to hire help?
Heed these handy tips from Phyllis, and you’ll really clean up.

-Say goodbye to streaks on mirrors and glass surfaces by using rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. Just put a spray nozzle on a bottle for easy dispensing. Wipe dry with a sheet of newspaper or a clean towel.

-Invest in the right tools to save time and minimize the need for elbow grease. For example, a good squeegee mop leaves minimal water behind during cleaning while also picking up debris, and a high quality vacuum—Phyllis is a big fan of Windsor Vacuums—will noticeably clean carpets better.

-Go for natural cleaning solutions whenever possible. Natural alternatives will be better for your indoor air quality and won’t leave residue or film like manufactured cleaners. For example, try a white vinegar and water mixture to clean just about any flooring type without risk of leaving a film over time.


its_me's picture

Although we love and appreciate a clean house, we do not always keep ours clean enough. Cleaning is a tiresome task, and not all women have the time to do the cleaning. But if you keep it clean you would be able to keep the pests away from your house. But if the pests are already creating trouble for you then go for pest services.

brookemarris's picture

Its good to have a clean house. You must always clean your house. If you don't want to always clean your house, don't make a mess to your house. If your house is not clean, then it is not hygenic. Households will get sick. Always watch videos via youtube on how to manage the cleaning of your house. Some of the videos are very useful. I help one of the video to get popular in youtube where I buy real youtube views. I also promote that video in vimeo where I also buy real vimeo views.

jarviskirkeby's picture

aside it can easily be thrown away to the trash, it's also much cheaper.

The easiest way to avoid the problem of a messy house is to keep it picked up.What I mean is to get it picked up and just have it picked up and uncluttered as its normal condition.So if there are times when it gets messy, it is not that big of a problem to get it back to normal.The hard part is getting it to be picked up and buy fan facebook uncluttered in the first place. You need to do the throwing out, de-cluttering and expend the massive energy to get it right.That is the key to the system. The only time it will be messy is when you are doing any type of project or you have people over or something like that. Once your home is nice and uncluttered you will resist all things that make it buy fans facebookcluttered.Hope this helps!

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crazysony's picture

I enjoyed a lot reading this article and I consider it to be very useful!I've just started to clean my house and I had to contact a pest control company in order to help me get rid of some awful bugs that invaded my bedroom.

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I've just finished my house renovation and I feel very happy as I got rid of some awful bed bugs that invaded my house.When I first saw them I thought in the health hazards of bed bugs and I realized that the best choice would be renovation.

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These tips are great and useful especially because I've just renovated my house and it looks awful.I've painted the walls and I installed a jacuzzi in the bathroom as I want to have a spa experience in my own house.

This days you need to know how to improve your skills and to have a better management of your money and time. We should find some ways to save money because it will help us latter.

Those who have to manage family and work simultaneously they hardly find the time to keep home clean. But these tips are extremely helpful and it would help you to keep your house clean and tidy. But you also need to stay stress free so whenever you find the time Go for a walk.

The mess it's shameful, because it shows the worse part of you: the disorderly person who stand up every time you are lazy. It's a shame to have, for example a nice, worm and cozy bathroom, and the rest of the house to be all messed up and your friends knocking at the door. Thank you for this advice!

It's hard when you are in moments like this. First of all, you must learn to manage your time and then,to have some tricks. One of mine it's that I've recently bought nourishing oil. You can always nourish your plants for refreshing the air and keep them good looking.

This is a very interesting and useful post.Not long time ago while cleaning my house I found some nasty bugs and I was forced to call a bug expert to deal with my problem because I hate that ugly thing but after all the expert mange to get rid of them and I was very happy

Thank you for providing this interesting post.I you don't have time to go shopping you should try the easy way and that is buy products online because you don't have to drive all the way to the store search of the shelf you just simply click on the product you want and in a few hours they arrive at your door and in my opinion this is a smart choice but you must be very careful about the cyber crime because the internet is full of it.

DenyD's picture

It's true, the mess isn't your best friend. But even thought your stuff are flying around, you don't need to completely remodeling your home because of it. Find a good excuse and get over it.

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He he. I walked into a house like this once, me and my friends wanted to surprise another friend and when we get there was like: it's a war here? We laugh about it, but I felt sorry for the Luthiers Collection of Grimes guitars. It wasn't their place in that mess, but it's her hobby.

I too want to keep my house always clean. I use to clean my home every Sunday. It also keeps us fresh because if we not clean our home regularly lot of dust can get inside and can cause dust allergies. Thanks for posting this. Please share more information.
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