My brother and I grew up in a very, very, very tidy household. The family joke is that if you put your book down to go to the bathroom, you'd return to find the book on a shelf with a bookmark in it. My mom worked more than full-time but kept up with the housework constantly whenever she was home (full table/counter/stove wipe-down and floor-sweeping every night after dinner, for example, and constant clutter-clearing), and also did a huge multi-hour house-cleaning every single Saturday.
Fast-forward a bit, and my brother keeps a very tidy household, and mine is a constant mess. I'm sure we could both find ways to attribute these results to our upbringing no matter what our original household had been like: just as one person can say "My parents always kept sweets around so I got in a terrible habit" at the same moment another person is saying "My parents never kept sweets in the house so I grew up constantly sugar-seeking," we too could frame our reactions as either complying with or reacting against our house-cleaning training. I think if we'd grown up in a messy household, we'd just switch sides: he'd be reacting against, and I'd be a result of. It's very easy to blame parents either way for everything, which is so very pleasing and useful until we are the parents.
What I'm curious about is your own set of experiences: What was the cleaning/cleanliness situation in the household you grew up in, and how clean do you keep things now? And have you been considering your own cleaning system either a result of, or a reaction against, your childhood training and experience?
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