I said, "Well, I like it clean."
She said, "Yeah, I like mine clean too, but I can't keep it like this."
I guess what I should have said was, "I spend a lot of time cleaning." She's right. Most people do like their house to be clean, but not everyone likes to spend their time cleaning.
I don't necessarily like cleaning itself, but I can't stand when the house is dirty, so I clean to get to the end result: a clean house. I clean often, so the job doesn't get overwhelming either. It's certainly not spotless, but rarely is it in a condition where would I be embarrassed for someone to walk in unannounced.
That little experience led to this:
I was texting with a friend the other day about our cleaning experiences of the current day. I was telling Devin and I suggested that I do an experiment of not doing a single dish or picking up a single thing for a whole day and see what the house looks like. He responded like this, "Ew. Yuck. You know how bad that would be."
He's right. It would be scary. I don't think I'll try it. I guess I'll keep spending a lot of time cleaning.