Taking off on a topic being discussed in the snob thread.
Cluttered = not hoarder, but piles of books here and there, end tables with multiple items, bathroom counters with a fair amount of products, a dining room or kitchen table never cleared.
Cleared = not minimalistic, but clutter free? Few items or only necessary items on surfaces, most things have a place. May not be dust free though!
Cleaned = may be a little cluttered or cleared but it’s CLEAN. Floors always swept, baseboards clean, super regular cleaning routine, mostly dust free surface areas, etc.
Those are just my thoughts. You may have different definitions! (share them!)
Who are you? Which “C” word best describes how you like to live?
I’m a definite CLEARED. I need things to have a place and I will take the moment to place them. There are times I have to catch up on this but its the way I prefer and I am most calm when my environment is this way. I actually finally have been able to describe after all these years/decades of marriage, motherhood that much of my anxiety comes from NOT having CLEARED.
My motto which I firmly stand by for my sanity: Outer order = inner calm. So, so true for me.
Problem: My husband is CLUTTERED. Even more so since he retired. This is a constant strain in our household! He CANNOT see or relate to my “outer order, inner calm”. I have tried to compromise with giving him free reign for his clutter in certain spots - but he can’t seem to limit his clutter or recognize that it can be a major stress for me.
Cleaned? My house is ok CLEAN. Could always be cleaner. I will spend more time CLEARING than CLEANING. I mean I do floors very regularly, clean the bathrooms once a week but I’m not great at having pristine windows and scrubbing baseboards more than occasionally.
Your home. What environment makes you comfortable?