12 Very Messy People Share Where They Draw the Line in Their Homes and Start Cleaning

The people who have lived with me in the past know that I like to keep houses and apartments clean, but as I’ve gotten older, I now actually get offended when OTHER people don’t clean up their places.

What are you waiting for?!?!

And why do you insist on living in a pigsty?!?!

It’s enough to drive me crazy…and now it’s time to get into the minds of these filthy folks.

AskReddit users talked about when they finally decide to clean up their hellholes.

1. I think now is the time.

“When does the mess stop being “mess” and start being a symptom of mental illness.

Thats when I clean.”

2. The ratios.

“When the floor/trash ratio slips past 70/30.

The automobile is 50/50.”

3. Ugh!


The answer is always spiders.

I once picked up something up from the floor and a huge spider darted out from underneath and I lost it under something else on the floor.

Either time to tidy or burn the house to the ground!”

4. No more dishes.

“When I run out of dishes..

And then I run out of Tupperware to use in place of dishes…”

5. Happy wife, happy life.

““My wife is getting grumpy”


“My wife is about to get home from her business trip”

As someone super messy by nature living with someone who gets very depressed by mess quickly, honestly keeping things clean and organized to make her happy is worth it.”

6. Grossed out.

“When the roaches start getting bold.”

Somedays I just wake up and go “this is disgusting” and I clean up. It’s usually when my things start to become to stimulating, like I’m looking at too many things at once.

All of the piles of clothes, books, papers, art supplies just get too much and suddenly I can’t function until somethings are clear.”

7. No mold.

“Messy is fine, smelly or moldy is not.

I might have a cluttered room but I never leave food around. And I dust and vacuum and pick up before company.

It’s kind of relaxing and homey to me, to see dog toys, sunglasses lying around, no pressure to have everything look perfect all the time.”

8. Look to the dogs.

“Whenever my dogs have to step over too many things.

I try to always limit it to messy but not dirty. Clothes on the floor, papers everywhere, but no trash, nothing rotting, nothing smelly.

If it DOES reach that (which it has) that’s my other cue..”

9. Hmmm…

“When my bare a** cheeks start sticking to the couch enough so that when I go to stand up they peel away slowly like a good quality band aid being slowly lifted and peeled off loose saggy skin.

Time to replace the couch!”

10. Needs to be taken care of.

“There is messy, and then there is gross.

Papers here and there? As long as they’re somewhere they won’t get damaged, it doesn’t really matter if it’s neat right this second.

Toys scattered about? That can wait to be put away.

But food? Dishes? Anything that might invite bugs or mold? That’s gross, and needs to be taken care of.”

11. All about the mood.

“It’s pretty mood based. I draw the line at anything not classified as clutter, dust, or dirt. Food or drink messes have to be cleaned up.

I’ve always thought of myself as having energy in bursts. If the timing is right I’ll clean up everything at once.

Since for the most part I’m not bothered by the mess it always seemed more efficient to me to clean everything up all at once.”

12. Now it’s clean!

“As a lifelong “messy person”, 13 years ago I fell in love with someone who is OCD.

Being in love, it was easy for me to convert because I knew she could not help being OCD. I’m super happy to have been brought out of my messiness.

I love waking up every day in a clean bed, walking through my clean house, and making coffee in my clean kitchen.”

How about you?

When do you finally say “enough is enough” and clean up your place?

Talk to us in the comments!