The Big Question

What’s your most shameful housekeeping secret? #NoJudgement

by Maxwell Tielman


We’ve got a dirty little secret to share with y’all this morning. You know all those pretty photos we post of our houses, all immaculate and clean with nary a dust bunny or speck of dirt in sight? Yeah, we knew you were coming over so we cleaned up for you. Come any other day of the week and you’ll find socks on the floor, fingerprints on our stainless steel appliances, papers cramming our junk drawers, and God-knows-what in the bathtub drain. I know, I know. You thought we were perfect. It’s an easy assumption to make—we are pretty awesome. But I’m here today to clear up any misunderstandings there may have been on that front. Us Design*Sponge editors? We try to make our homes the beautiful, peaceful oases that we want them to be—but that certainly doesn’t mean we have the spare time, energy or sanity to keep things spick-and-span 24/7. It’s just not gunna happen. So today we decided to share some of our most shameful housekeeping secrets. And readers? We want to hear yours, too. None of us are perfect and it’s high time we started admitting it. #NoJudgement Max

Grace: I am a notorious dish stasher. I’ve been known to leave breakfast plates next to my bed and cups of tea just about anywhere. I’m definitely not proud of it, and I’m trying to get better by doing a run-down at the end of every night where I make sure I at least get everything in the sink for washing the next day. I now know why my Mom always wanted me to get things in the sink ASAP. Sorry, Mom. 

Amy: I have the teenage problem of not putting my clothes away. I throw them on a chair or the floor. I have to say, it sort of feels rebellious, but I don’t know who I’m rebelling against—my future self?—because sooner or later, I’m the on who has to pick them up. So when people are coming over, sometimes, it’s a mad scramble to pick up clothes. 

Max: I went through most of my life assuming that I was a neat freak to the core. When I moved in with my boyfriend, however, I quickly learned that is not the case—there are even more extreme cleaning nut-jobs out there. While I love to keep everything in its place and obsessively organized (clutter of any kind drives me completely up the wall), for some reason I am absolutely blind to the more minute aspects of household maintenance. Need filing and closet organization done? I’m your man. Dusting, washing or scrubbing, though? Not so much. If you looked under my bed and saw all those dust bunnies, you would run away screaming.
What are your shameful household cleaning secrets? We want to hear them! Seriously. Comment below.

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  • This was such a funny article to read. The comments are awesome too! It’s tough coming up with a list of my own flaws (so much easier to complain about my boyfriend and my sister). But, I dug deep and here’s my list some of which are duplicates of other comments above. I’m glad I’m not the only one :)

    – leaving dishes in the sink to ‘soak’ for over 2 days
    – leaving ‘things that belong elsewhere’ out on the dining table, kitchen island or wherever I think will make me put it away asap. Call it my ‘to do pile’. Well, I’m pretty oblivious so eventually, the garden sheers that magically ended up in the house remain on the kitchen counter for 7 days. Next to it are the extra hair ties that somehow collected on my wrist and need to return to the hair accessory drawer in the bathroom. And also next to it would be my Costco ID card which I thought I lost, then found in the kitchen island drawer, took out with the purpose of getting it into my wallet.
    – Taking shoes off by the door and leaving them there, for a LONG time until my boyfriend trips on them or can’t open the door because they’re in the way.
    – Neglecting to clean the fridge out. I forget it’s there and a few weeks later, while searching for something else, I find something rotten. What a waste of money.

    I’m sure there’s more my boyfriend will point out. His problem, not mine!

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