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.