Are you a clean messy?

December 6, 2020
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

No judgement if this is you, but it will be helpful for you to know why you do the things you do when it comes to cleaning.

Typically, a clean messy is someone who may be meticulous and extremely organized in parts of their life but when it comes to house cleaning, it looks as if they just gave up. The clean messy wants the house clean and things in order. It’s not that there isn’t any time, but there just isn’t enough time.

The clean messy doesn’t want to start a cleaning project unless they can do it completely and thoroughly. Basically, if they can’t do it to their standard, they aren’t going to do it at all.

It is a nice theory to think you will only clean or organize when you have enough time to do it perfectly, but that doesn’t translate well in real life. The thing to keep in mind here is that it is ok to clean without doing it all perfect. It is OK to hit the hot spots even if you don’t have time to do it all. Some is better than none and if you do a little everyday it will be less daunting and take less time when you do get the chance to clean and organize to your usual standard.

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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