And the #2 and #3 and #4...
Even when you know company is coming, sometimes you just can't seem to get it together enough to get the house really clean. Another friend gave me great tip for that, too. Turn down the lights and light candles. They won't see the dust. After that, I became a hopeless romantic (with IBS).
Seriously, after years of learning how to hide dirt, grime, and clutter, I have worked really hard to keep a clean house for the majority of the time anyway. There are some days and weeks it doesn't get as straight or clean as I'd like, but those are the times when I am enjoying life in other ways, so how the house looks doesn't matter. House cleaning can wait. Living life and loving others takes first place in the long run, but after awhile, I do have to get back to chores.
I've moved 3 times in 6 years. I have cleaned house for at least 7 families over the past 7 years. That's at least 10 houses I have cleaned on a regular basis. In all of those houses, when I first walked through, there was ALWAYS one place that looked as if it had never been cleaned. It became my pet peeve cleaning area for a long time. Well, I must have gotten over it somewhere along the way, because this past week I looked at my own "spot" and had to laugh. It was dirty. I had neglected that area probably since I moved in. Where was it? Here:
|See the dust?|
My camera isn't the best, so it looks better here than in real life. Can you tell where this dusty spot is? It is an interior door. EVERY house I have EVER had to clean has had dust on both sides of the interior doors. Even the houses that were "professionally" cleaned by someone else on a regular basis before me had (thick) dust here. Often times, people don't even think about dusting the doors. But the dust builds up, and if it is never cleaned, eventually, the door has to be painted because the dirt doesn't come off. I've seen that before also. They are not hard to dust at all, I do it as I pass by. It has become a part of my cleaning routine. When my daughter was younger and she went to work with me, that was her job. It is that quick and easy, the kids can do it. If you haven't done it in awhile, or ever, you may need to wipe the door down with a cleaning solution or damp rag first. After that, it is very easy to keep dusted. And it really does make a difference. Look at these 2 photos and you will see what I mean:
|Can you see the difference?|
#3 and #4? Well, I started with that. Toilets and dust. You could simply follow my advice on hiding these neglected areas, but sooner or later, it will catch up with you. You'll be sneezing from allergies....or smell. Dusting sounds easy enough, and it is. So why do I avoid it? For me, it is about the clutter. Sometimes, I use a decorative place mat or cloth on my furniture to avoid dusting. Then, every so often, I pick it up and shake it. But really, it just doesn't look dusted unless you clean the frames, knick-knacks and vases, etc. When I get annoyed with dusting, I like to use the time to stroll down memory lane and think about where all the items came from. I often snack while I clean. Once, I was dusting, daydreaming, and eating an Oreo. I took a bite and set it down to finish dusting. I eat cookies slowly, don't know why, I just do. A few hours later, I went back to my cookie and it was GONE! One of my daughters threw it away. I could not understand why she would do that...
As for toilets, I found a stinky hiding place. I tried so many things to get rid of stinky toilet smell and couldn't get rid of it. Not until I figured out where it was coming from, anyway. I'll be covering bathrooms next week, so check back with me.
Until then, Happy Dusting! (Yeah, right)