6 Dark Corners of My Home I'm Afraid to Clean (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Jan 17, 2014 Home & Garden

under the dresserFor the most part I consider myself a clean and tidy person. I put things away. I wipe up spills. I clean the bathroom, er, well, almost every week. I change the sheets and do laundry regularly. There's a place for everything, and nearly everything is in its place. But still, there are some dark corners of my home that get neglected. Places I'm aware of but just never get around to cleaning. Or places so decrepit, I've lost the nerve to touch them at all.

I know there are people out there who assiduously clean every last nook and cranny of their homes. I salute you! You must have really interesting lives to spend all the time cleaning ... But for those of us doing the bare minimum, I give you: My slideshow of shame.

  • Floorboard Crevices


    Ugh, all that gunk that collects on the tops of my floorboards. I hate that stuff! Someday I'll clean it all out and caulk in the crevices. Someday.

  • Behind the Stove


    What's going on back there? Dust bunnies, a long-lost meat fork, and I don't even want to know what else. I'll clean there when I replace the oven.

  • Kitchen Cupboards


    What's behind the spices? Nobody knows! Don't even get me started on the cabinet where I keep my vinegars and oils. I'd have to hire some archaeology grad students to help me dig out whatever's back there.

  • Under the Dresser


    I don't even have an excuse for this. How long have those marbles lived there? And that white thing -- it appears to be a marshmallow. I keep asking the dresser to move out of the way so I can sweep down there but it never responds. So weird.

  • Behind the Radiator


    I could spend the rest of the day writing about all the things I hate about my radiators -- like how I tried to strip the paint off of them and failed. But that mysterious world behind and below them, that would have to top the list.

  • Under the Kitchen Garbage


    I've got those garbage bins that pull out on those tracks, you know? Those were invented to make things easier to throw away AND to help you avoid cleaning the area around your kitchen garbage, ever.

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