How Clean Is Your Home?

Where does your family fall on the cleaning spectrum? This quiz will help you assess the sweet spot of "clean-enough" for your home.

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1. When dinner is over, what’s the state of the kitchen?

A. Pristine, of course. I load the dishwasher as I cook, and dinner dishes are done promptly. I can’t relax if the kitchen doesn’t sparkle when I turn out the lights. Who wants to come back to a dirty kitchen in the morning?

B. I let the dinner dishes soak until next day. Who wants to ruin a good meal by spending time with their hands in hot water afterward?

C. What’s the difference? The counters are still covered with dirty dishes; I just washed the ones we needed before the meal.

2. How’s your relationship with the vacuum cleaner?

A. Who needs a man when I have my high-speed vacuum cleaner? Even the cat has learned to stand still for the daily vacuuming.

B. Love-hate. I show it the carpet every week or so, or when friends are on the way over, but I do wish it would learn to lower its voice.

C. What vacuum cleaner? I’m still hoping a cleaning reality show will stop by and dig us out. Public exposure would be a small price to pay!

3. Getting to the seat of the problem, how often do you scrub the toilet?

A. As often as I use it, of course. Who wants to park themselves on anything less than sparkling?

B. Hit or miss. A couple of times a week, more often if the fellows in the house forget to aim.

C. Only when something snarls at me when I lift the lid ... say, every few weeks?

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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