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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4. For sweetest dreams, how often do you change the sheets?

A. Once a week or twice a week in warm weather. I love the feel of crisp, fresh linens.

B. When I remember, or the smell gets to me. Say, every couple of weeks or so?

C. Only when I have a new boyfriend, if you know what I mean. Why waste good laundry powder and water if I’m going to be too sleepy to notice?

5. Are you a duster or a dabbler? How often do you remove dust from the home?

A. Daily, of course; it’s a ritual. Some of my finest ideas come to me while I stroke the furniture with my dust cloth.

B. Once a week or so or whenever the household joker writes “Dust Me” on the dining-room table with his finger.

C. I’m a fan of the blow-it method. If I pick something up and it’s covered with dust, I blow it off. Great household hint, huh?

If You Answered Mostly A

Congratulations! You are a Clean Extreme, and happy to be so. Your house shines, and any dust mote so unwise to assert its presence is shown the door, pronto. Just be careful that militant cleaning doesn’t come between you and other family members, who don’t necessarily share your enjoyment of the process.

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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