Monday, January 18, 2010
Fun Monday - Chores We Hate
Fun (?) Monday is being hosted by Li'l Mouse Jill today. As she gets ready to move, she is faced with a daunting task... CLEANING and organizing. I'm pretty sure that was her inspiration for today's topic:
What is your least favorite chore? Vacuum get you down? Dust bunnies saying, “oh yeah, you and what army?” Is there a chore that you neglect doing it until the absolute last minute when guests arrive? Do you just pray they won’t look ‘there’? Are you going green with your cleaning? Top tips?
Oh, Jill... a topic near and dear to my heart!!!! Yeah, yeah... I know you all are scratching your heads over that one. But really, I love to clean!
You probably wouldn't know it from looking at my rooms as I grew up - or even the rooms of my house now. The real miracle is that we haven't devolved into one of those "How Clean Is Your House?" houses. If I lived alone, with one little cat (like I did for a year or so), my house would be quite tidy and clean. But I don't. I live with one man, one boy, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 1 rodent and 1 fish. Think Pig Pen.. but with hair instead of dirt. My house is hairy. And to combat that, I have two vaccuums! I also have a carpet shampooer. And brooms and mops. And dusters. Hair is a never-ending battle in my house. I suppose it will be until we've all gone bald.
I do love cleaning though and there is practically no job that I won't take on. However, the one job that I do NOT love is mopping the kitchen floor. I find that job so disheartening. It's a white vinyl floor with those little pits in it (for traction? I have no idea why) and it shows everything. Within seconds of cleaning it, it looks dirty again. It shows crumbs and scuff marks and there are some permanent marks from wear that just look like dirt. I hate this floor with a passion. So I tend to ignore it. Luckily, my husband has taken on the task of keeping it reasonably clean. He gets down on his hands and knees and cleans it a bit at a time and it always looks marvelous for a few minutes. Unfortunately, it's white. I think it might also be magnetic.
The one thing I must accomplish in my kitchen is getting that floor replaced. With anything. Well, anything but a white vinyl floor.
Tips? Yes! Lots. I use vinegar quite a bit. It's marvelous for cutting scale and soap scum. And cleaning windows and mirrors. And I admit that I was hooked on "How Clean is Your House?" for a long, long time. It always made me feel better about my own house, but it also provided me with different ways to clean. Nasty toilet? Try pouring a 2-liter bottle of cola in there and letting it sit for 30 minutes. The link on "Tips?" goes to their website. Check it out!