Dh and I are both definitely cleared, and I have gotten much better about cleaning since the pandemic.
On the cleaning: I, like @2VU0609 , started following gocleanco on Insta during the pandemic. It’s been inspiring to me, and I now clean pretty thoroughly every week. But, I’m not pulling appliances out either. Dh thinks I don’t need to clean as often as I do. We became a no shoes in the house household when we moved to our newer condo last summer. It think that has helped tremendously.
On the cleared v cluttered. I don’t think I’ve ever been particularly cluttered, but I used to have a LOT more decorative stuff in my home than I do now. I did used to have a “pile” in our kitchen, but I also had a clear spot in the cabinet underneath where the pile was, so I could always, “scoop and dump,” if someone were coming over. I used to keep some small appliances out all the time, too. When I started following Becoming Minimalist I completely cleared my kitchen counters of everything other than the Keurig, fruit bowl, hand soap, and paper towels. If I don’t have a place to stash a small appliance, I just don’t own it. I also don’t want my cabinets and drawers stuffed to the brim either. Overall, I really prefer a minimalist look and feel. When ds was here for his extended visit over the holidays, he said our place looked like no one lived here. I honestly like a “staged” look. It’s relaxing to me, but I a sure it is too Spartan/sterile for some people’s tastes.
Ds is cluttered. He doesn’t really pick up after himself. Clothes/shoes on the floor. Paper receipts lying about. Cords, etc. When he left for college I found no fewer than half a dozen empty bottles of shampoo, body wash etc, around the rim of his bathtub. Why?! There is a trash can right there!! I had no idea our poor housekeeper kept having to move empty bottles around to clean his shower/tub.