My House is Harder to Clean than Your House?

Dear Home Ec 101,

Settle a debate, please. Whose house is harder to clean a small home-owner’s or a large home-owner’s?


~Just itching for whining rights

girlHeather says:

If we assume, and yes, I do know what happens when we assume that both homes have the same dirt level then it basically comes out in the wash. When I say dirt level I mean, the comparison cannot be made between a small house owned by a single person who works outside the home and the other inhabited by a family where one parent stays home with three kids under five, not that I would know a thing about the latter situation. Obviously the single person would have less to do on a regular basis. There are exceptions, of course, for some who refuse to grasp the concept of regular. I have seen instances where one person has created a staggering amount of gross.

Small Home Large Home
Clutter can be very difficult to control. Lots of surfaces to clean: floors, counters, windows.
Fewer surfaces to clean. Easier storage for “stuff.”


The good news is both types of homes benefit from regular approach to cleaning. By doing a daily pick-up, those in small homes won’t feel as though they are being smothered by stuff. Those in large homes who give larger surfaces a routine wipe down will rarely find themselves on their hands and knees scrubbing what feels like a never ending expanse. Neither benefit by griping about their lot.

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  1. CanadianCarrie on January 10, 2008 at 2:47 am

    We have a small house, would LOVE a bigger house… one day… My SIL has a HUGE house, which is more work, but is easier, in my opinion. My little house is harder I think because we accumulate so much clutter, that it feels like so much work, because I have to find a place for all the stuff before I can even clean it. I vote smaller = harder….

  2. Trail Mix on January 10, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I’d say that a larger house may take *longer* but is easier. In a small house, it’s hard to cull down enough to make a spot for everything.

  3. tink on January 9, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I clean small houses, large houses and in between houses.

    Difficulty to clean has zero to do with the size and everything to do with the dirt and clutter level.

  4. The Chatty Housewife on January 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I like smaller places. I don’t mind owning less stuff in order to combat the clutter/organization problems. I wouldn’t want a larger home because I hate to clean bathrooms. A large home usually has more bathrooms! A smaller house is easier to clean in my opinion.

  5. Jasi on January 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I say it’s all about clutter.

    I like smaller spaces, DH likes bigger spaces. We have.. bigger spaces BUT with less stuff. Less stuff means easier cleanup. At least for me. Though I still long for smaller spaces, please.