What your neighbor’s house cleaning says about you is not what you think. Many people worry about their neighbor’s house cleaning habits and then they feel inferior.
“They must have a maid, or a house cleaner or a professional cleaning service.”
“Maybe they hurry and clean before we visit.”
Your neighbor’s house cleaning has nothing to do with you. Many people play keeping up with the Joneses or they clean before company comes. It doesn’t mean they have a better cleaning routine or they are better at #cleaning
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Listen: What Your Neighbor’s House Cleaning Says About You
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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.
The Neighbor’s House Looks Cleaner Than Mine
That’s an interesting issue, and we’re going to talk about that today.
All right, the question today comes from a homeowner who cleans her own house. She wants to know, “Why is my house not as clean as other people’s houses? Their houses look cleaner.”
It’s Different When It’s Yours
It’s a phenomenon. When we live with our own stuff, we see it in a different way than other people see it. It’s the same concept as recording your own voice and it sounds different when it’s played back to you. You don’t hear it the same as other people hear it.
So, when you go to someone else’s house, they think their house is not as clean as your house, for example. That’s because we live with all our own stuff.
Your Neighbors Don’t Know How Old Your Stuff Is
Even if you have old furniture, nobody knows that except you. If you take good care of it, your furniture will always look brand-new.
You have to use the leather treatments on the leather. You also need to repaint things like wrought iron furniture when it gets dings. That will make it look nice and tidy and it still looks new.
When you go into someone else’s house, you don’t know what you’re looking at, and they don’t know what they’re looking at when they come into yours.
Your Neighbor’s House is New to Your Eyes
Now, if you look inside a mirror, you’ll see a reflection of yourself. If you look at that mirror every single day, you could put on 20 or 30 pounds over a year or two. You would never see it because it happens slowly. It’s in incremental moments. Right?
But somebody that hasn’t seen you in a couple of years would think you look very different because they’re looking at something with new eyes.
When you see something every day, you have a tendency to misjudge the reality of what you’re seeing. I’m not saying that your house is not clean. Your house is every bit as clean as someone else’s. You’re just looking at it through your own eyes.
Your Checklist for Success
Make a list of all the things you need to clean in your house. We do this for professional house cleaners, but you can do it if you clean your own house.
When you’re done cleaning those things, you can check them off. If you want a professional house cleaners’ worksheet, go to SavvyCleaner.com/Worksheets.
Check It Off and Move On
The worksheet just walks you through every step of the house. When you check something off, that means, “I’ve done it. This is up for inspection. Ta-da. Here it is.” Then, you’re done.
There’s no sense over-cleaning. And there’s no sense worrying about, “Well, is my neighbor’s house cleaner than mine?” Who cares? You don’t need neighbors that are going to come and judge you about your house. Your house is probably very clean if you’re keeping it neat and tidy, and if you’re not sure, use a checklist.
All right. That’s it for today. Until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.
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