Making a Happy House: A clean house is a cooler house, and soap is cheap.

  This is what my Grandma Williams always told my mother, and she told me.  I don’t know why, but a clean house does seem to be cooler when the weather is humid and hot.  This is important information for making a happy house.  Hot people are irritable people, and when they come home from work and school, they immediately feel relief when they come into a quiet, clean, peaceful house.  Of course the house won’t stay that way because people make dirt!  Physical dirt and otherwise comes in when they bring all their hot irritable problems home with them.  But regardless, the first impression is of peace, and that will always stay in their memories to make them love home.

The problem is, how do you keep your house clean when you work, go to school, run errands, cook, and bathe people and dogs, have pets, and generally run around like crazy?  Well, you might not be able to afford a maid, a cook, yardman, babysitter, and a taxi, so what do you do?  Scream at people for making the house a disorganized, sticky, dirty, grubby, ugly, broken mess, and making your difficult life more difficult?

Well, no.  A happy house certainly isn’t an all the time screaming, yelling house, either.   Remember the quiet, peaceful part that goes with clean?  A happy house is first off a quiet, peaceful house.  It’s a little oasis in a screaming, yelling world.  I want my kids to learn that it’s better to be somewhat dirty and loving, than clean and mean.  When the kids get bigger they can learn to help clean.  It’s good for them, because they might need to know how someday.

So, if you have little ones, they’ll grow, and you’ll survive, and then your house will be more organized than before.  They need enough cleanliness to be healthy, so chose your priorities.  Clean the bathrooms before you make the bed.  Just shut the bedroom door if you must.  Keep the floors clean.  Little kids live on the floor.  Take off your shoes at the door is the easiest way to do that, and put a sign on the door to remind others to do the same.  Make your house as dust-free as possible.  This means take up the carpets, and give away the drapes.  You can have all that later.  It’s not a good time to have pets.  The kids can have pets when they get older, and can help clean up.  Actually, I believe pets are really good for kids.  It teaches them many lessons on life, such as how to love and take care of somebody else.  Meanwhile, it might not be wise to get a Great Dane puppy when you get pregnant with your first baby.  Duh, but some people do just that.  Wash the dishes and take out the trash, but other than that, enjoy your little ones.  They’ll grow fast.

They make a lot of dirt, but you can’t measure the hugs in gold!

Some of my Aunt Christine’s great-grandchildren!

Some people seem to always have a clean house.  They can invite people over anytime, and their guests will always have a nice clean place to rest, clean dishes to eat upon, and a sweet smelling bathroom to visit.  They don’t act stressed about it, and they lead very full busy lives at the same time.  How do they do this?  Well, it isn’t magic, and if you know somebody like this it might be useful to ask them what how they do it.

Personally, I’m not a neat nick.  Everybody has their limit on dirt.  Mine is somewhere in the middle.  My measurement is by smell.  I have a decently good nose and I hate dirty smells.  I dislike the smell of dirty cat litter, dirty dishes, dirty socks, dirty bathrooms, and stinky trashcans.  I like the smell of clean.  Clean pets smell good, so do clean babies.  I like bathrooms that smell like soap, closets that smell like lavender, kitchens that smell like bread, sheets that smell like sunshine on cotton, and living rooms that smell like fresh air.  I really hate to use fragrances in the house to cover up bad smells, because the smell of clean is much nicer, and if I smell bad smells I’m quickly motivated to go find the source.

Some of my stinkers:

Pumpkin Patch is the big one:  He’s my buddy.  The other black one is Lucky.  He’s still a teenager, and acts like it.  BeBu is the black & white female.  She needs a good home.

Note:  I have indoor cats and outdoor large dogs.  This is my choice, but may not be yours, so do what makes you happy.  My dogs do get stinky when the weather is cold because I let them grow lots of hair to keep them warm.  Lots of hair on an outdoor dog means that when it gets wet, it takes it longer to dry off.  A wet dog is a stinky dog.  Sorry, but that’s the way it is.  I trim off most of the hair in the summer time just to keep the dogs cooler and happier.   My dogs smell better in the summer than they do in the winter, but they are happy healthy dogs, and they don’t seem to mind.

This is Lady.  She is my stinky dog, but she’s a real lady, and always is mannerly.

I can take her anywhere.


This is Caluah, but we call her Lulu because she is one.  She belongs to the neighbors, but she stays with us most of the time.


6 Responses to “Making a Happy House: A clean house is a cooler house, and soap is cheap.”

  1. Jerry says:

    I don’t make dirt. Ha Ha.

  2. Angie Mowery says:

    Gotta love a hound…. she has such a hard life!
    Angie & Herb

  3. Mike says:

    No dirt with all that activity? Ha!!

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  5. Brenda says:

    I enjoyed that, thanks! I especially loved the sentence in the next-to-the-last paragraph that lists the smells you love, I could smell them as you listed them! Like you, I don’t prefer unnatural smells, except that I occasionally like a candle that is specifically a joy to me, like honeysuckle or something fresh like cranberry. I think messy houses also promote grouchy husbands. 🙂

  6. Nancy Ashley says:

    I like the dog pictures. Once we had a Cocker Spaniel puppy. We let her in the house one time. She ran to our bedroom and looked into the vanity mirror. It scared her so bad she wet all over the hardwood floor. I never had a dog in my house since. We always had outdoor little dogs.

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