I've discovered someone on YouTube, and I believe I'll be reviewing a lot of her videos for helpful hints. Her bread making series is extremely interesting and I will be trying her method soon. I just have to find a really big shallow wooden bowl. Now where can I find that.
Here is her video on tackling housework when it gets a bit overwhelming. At first I watched this video with mouth agape, and thought how does anyone let their house get in this condition in the first place? Well then, my next thought turned immediately to my sister Ginger and realize that yes it is possible for your house to quickly get into this unnatural disaster state. So to my sisters, except Melba, this is for you. (hee hee, snicker snicker)
Seriously, How do you tackle all that mess after a busy weekend or time in your life. Like for instance: Halloween? I woke up to piles of dirty costumes and laundry on the bedroom floors, thread, needles and fabric on the coffee table, leaves, hay, and clumps of mud on the tile, mugs, plates, and forks in the sink. bobby pins, rolled up socks and wet rags on the girls bathroom floor....you get the picture!
I always tackle the most smelly and obvious first. This is how my clean up day usually goes (after breakfast of course):
First decide what we are going to eat for dinner and take out of freezer if necessary
Gather all the dirty laundry and deposit in the laundry room
Get the first load of dirty clothes washing in the machine
Make up my bed (the girls clean their own rooms)
Remove burners and spray stove with vinegar spray (let set)
Unload and load dishwasher, wash any pots and pans
Wipe down stove, scrub stubborn stuff with borax
Scrub sink with borax and wipe dry
Change the table cloth put lovely centerpiece back on
Sprinkle Borax in the tub, sink and toilet (leave a while to do other things)
Finish picking up strewed items and deposit them where they belong (everything should already have a place)
Scrub bathroom fixtures and clean mirrors with vinegar water spray bottle
Sweep the entire house and vacuum up pile and corners with shop vac
Spot mop with damp mop
The rest of the day is spent working in the garden, cooking, going to appointments or meetings, or working on other projects or reading or blogging, while intermittently putting on laundry to wash, hanging them to dry, and folding and putting up.
If I follow this routine daily my house cleaning might average an hour a day. The only things I do not do everyday is dust, oil the furniture, vacuum the rug, clean the bathroom fixtures, wash linens, clean light fixtures, wet mop the entire floor. I only do these things as it becomes necessary or when I have a large block of time available. Also I routinely give things away that are no longer used, remove trash and de-junk. The best way to keep junk out of your house is not to bring it in.
Whew.....Now, how do you keep your house from becoming an unnatural disaster. Or is your house one and you're just happy with it...THANK YOU!