The Neat Freak's Guide to Rural Living

| 3/1/2011 3:37:18 PM

Floor rug 

I'll admit it - I'm a neat freak.

And having a dislike of house dirt while living in the country is, let's say, a bit of a challenge.

Dirt sitting in places it shouldn't be drives me crazy (dirt outside where it grows lovely things does not, fortunately!).  Same goes for clutter.  And I'm not ashamed of it, much to the chagrin of those around me who enjoy a more, shall we say 'lived in' approach to home care.  There's just something that feels right to me about a clean, uncluttered house.  Not everyone has the same obsession, and that's OK.  I'm comfortable with my need for clean!

Now, living in a country house while building a self-sufficient lifestyle can invite a lot of dirt, muck and clutter - not so comfortable for someone who likes things orderly.  Where we live on the west coast of Canada, it rains 1300 mm (51 inches) a year, more or less... mostly it feels like 'more'.  That means a lot of mud and crud.  Add to that my parents' dog (I do love you Katie!) bursting through the door looking for her favourite buddy, bringing sand and muddy paws in with her, and you've got a recipe for constant cleaning.  Then there's the biggest challenge of living in a small rural home - the lack of 'space'.  All those beekeeping books, Mother Earth News and Grit magazines have to go somewhere... not to mention all my son's dragons and dinosaurs.  Without some attention paid to storage and organizing, the house could get incredibly cluttered incredibly quickly.

So how does a neat freak stay sane living in a country home, without spending hours a day cleaning or completely giving up, living in filth and tripping endlessly over stray tyrannosaurs?

12/11/2011 1:18:03 PM

I've been looking for one of the Asian brooms for a while and can't find an online site that sells them. Do you know where I can get one? Thanks!!!

Victoria Gazeley
3/2/2011 11:35:15 AM

Yes, it's definitely challenging when others don't quite share our love of 'tidy', isn't it?? I think your solution of a sanctuary is brilliant. And re the peppermint oil, hmmm... I was hoping it would work! That said, our mouse problem seems to have dissipated this year - there's a feral cat living somewhere on the property, and I think he's definitely done a job on the mouse population. Thanks for your comments!! :o)

Nebraska Dave
3/2/2011 9:02:29 AM

@Victoria, am some what of neat person, but when you have all the other family members that aren't life becomes a big frustration. I learned over the years that one part of the house was designed my space and that space was neat and orderly. Being the income earner and having to work two jobs because of the many health reasons with family members, I wasn't home alot. Therefore most of the house was quite a disaster but my sanctuary part of the house was the retreat within the chaos. It was just my way of dealing with how I was made and the situation I was in. Well, the situation changed but now I have a daughter and grandson living with me so I'm back to the same issue but at least I know how to work with it. Have a great neat day.

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