Monday, July 5, 2010
Monday Mouth Off
Since my house is clean, I will take this opportunity to answer questions I get repeatedly, via email and text, but never get around to posting. As if none of your lives will be complete unless you know.
Yes, Virginia there are chores I hate:
-Vacuuming. It's like opening a book that is 2,065 pages long. It's Quinn's job.
-Putting away laundry.
-I just discovered I loathe cleaning the refrigerator, but love having it clean. Blah.
-Washing the exterior windows, because the shrubs are tall enough to require every millimeter I have to get them perfectly clean.
-Making the bed that is against the wall, or BUNK BEDS OMG!
-Phone calls. Any.Phone.Calls.
These and organizing are not the loves of my life. I am tormented by the order in which to arrange my books, and how to arrange the crafts, which I despise, on the shelves so that I get credit for having them but no one ever notices/uses them. It doesn't work. There are pipe cleaners and glitter everywhere. Joy.
It only fair to share my favourite tasks, just for kicks:
-Laundry. (Simmer down! It does the work FOR you!!!)
-Dishes, because the dishwasher does the dirty work and it leads to a whole kitchen wipe down that leads to a whole house wipe down which ... Oh the places you'll go!
-Cleaning the bathrooms.
-Freshly washed bath mats.
-Washing the vinyl shower liner.
-Dusting obscure areas spontaneously, skipping the days-long-dread.
-Vacuuming my car.
-Throwing things away.
-My torrid affair with the Sonic Scrubber, any time, anywhere.
-Shredding papers. It means I've called on them!
So yeah, I lovetocleanup.
Finally, a trick or two for those of you who fall somewhere in between:
-Consolidate. All dishes into the left side of the sink, all papers into one stack or tray, all lists clipped together, all laundry into hampers duh, all cords into bundles, decorative things into a container that showcases them. Fruit.
-CADDIES! Period. A counter top full of ungodly shit is impossible. A caddy full of trinkets and papers and knick knack paddywhack can be sifted through while you catch Ellen.
-Every time you use a sink, wipe up the splashes, and any specks, and re-hang hand towels openly so they dry and the next person's newly washed hands aren't drenched in some sopping wet towel. Always be surveying the area you're in. Straighten a rug, grab a Kleenex off the table and throw it away, etc.
-Set timers! Accountability! You can either set it for an hour and see how much you can rip through the whole house, or set it for 10-20 minutes in each selected room, which spruces things up nicely over all.
-Invite someone over. Not your best friend.
-Clean surfaces. This is key for me. Everywhere I am, I am wiping down/de-cluttering a surface and it doesn't take but two seconds longer than I was going to be standing there anyway.
There you have it, a compartmentalization of sorts. I hope this is helpful. Feel free to continue asking questions. I'm hoping to add some backbone to this floppy blog soon. Also, ~M~ I have NOT forgotten about you.