To clean a house, is to make a mess

I typically go by this theory of things..”I have to make a big giant mess to clean anything”.  I pick one room at a time and trash it.  I dump everything out, I purge, and then I put it back. This is how I function. Angry Husband does not think like this.  He hits every room, here and there. This drives me crazy, because he likes to shove things in places, and then I can’t find anything later when I need it.

We are in the process of re-decorating Angry Kid’s room.  We pulled everything out of his room. Angry Husband really had no plan for this staging.  He just randomly grabbed stuff and put it in spaces throughout our house.  There was no rhyme or reason to where something went.  I had a hard time finding anything this week.  I got so frustrated, I went around and took some pictures of Angry Husband’s staging. I was also taking photos of Angry Kid’s room throughout the process. Stay tuned for most of those next week.

The first photo is of the Master Bedroom. Do you see the furniture. I could barely get through the door.  Angry Kid’s TV was on the bed.  I could barely get in the room, to even use the bathroom.  There is no way that I’m going to Angry Kid’s bathroom.  Have you ever seen what a four year old boy does to a toilet? It’s not pretty.

Master Bedroom with Angry Kid's Furniture

Next, we move on to the home office.  This is mostly Angry Husband’s office, as I sit at the kitchen table.  My Macbook is not good enough for the office. Angry Husband’s PC is set up in there, along with a table for Angry Kid to draw on, etc.  He took all of the toys from Angry Kid’s closet and put them in the office.

Toy Graveyard

I probably should have organized this stuff before we started the room makeover.  Angry Husband has been on vacation all week to do this project. I should have prepped my way.  But it’s really hard when I worked the entire weekend before this started.  The garage was the last place that Angry Husband hit up. You can see the randomness here and there.  Angry Kid’s dresser made it to the garage.  I literally had to pick clothes out from here.  After we put his room back together, I actually went out to the garage to get clothes, because I was soo used to going out there.  Doesn’t everything keep their clothes in their garage?

Angry Kid's Furniture in the Garage

So what have I learned from all of this? Organize while the husband isn’t home.  No matter what, we will argue over EVERYTHING during any home project.  I’m always right. This is MY BLOG! And, don’t leave stuff out in the garage that Angry Kid can see. There were things that we were going to toss, and Angry Kid found them.

P.S. I’ve polled my friends. They also believe in this mess making cleaning strategy too. Can someone tell my husband this.

8 comments
Kat
Kat

My dad had tought me that in order to really clean a room everything has to be moved. I do this once a month move my rooms around. Husband hates it because he thinks a clean room is when there is nothing on the floor and the trash is taken out. I try to tell him that is just picking up not really cleaning. Maybe one day he will listen to me.

Tales from the Sippy Cup
Tales from the Sippy Cup

I always do this! Somehow my "Quick" clean ups take way too long because everything has to come out so it can be cleaned and/or purged. Doesn't matter if its a room or a closet. We desperately need to redo our office and I am scared. :)

court
court

I am soooo on your side. You should see our garage. Sanford and Sons.

Amanda
Amanda

I thought that's how you were supposed to clean - dump it all into a pile and sort it all into places. What doesn't have a home in the end gets tossed or re-purposed.

Natalie
Natalie

Totally with you. Every time I plan on cleaning, I just end up making a bigger mess than what was there to begin with. I'm about to embark on redoing the large room upstairs & moving my boys from the small room back upstairs. Then, the room downstairs will become a craft/office. I am dreading the moving/painting/organizing. But I can't waitfor the shopping & being done. Now, if only I could just get the husband to do what I tell him to without asking questions.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL...I could take hours on one room. It drives my husband insane. Offices are fun. We got our built-ins done and never really finished ours. I have all kinds of great ideas.....in my head.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Please tell my husband that is the proper way to clean.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

That would be the perfect world, if my husband followed the list and did not question everything on the list.