This would be one of those times where the blog that was created to preserve family memories takes a backseat to the ramblings of the mad-woman that maintains it.
I want to ask you how you feel about paper plates and paper towels. Scandalous subject matter, I know.
I myself am not a paper plate or towel user normally. I figure why waste money on them when I have a dishwasher for my plates and a washer for my rags. However, that then raises the question of how much it costs to run the washer and the dishwasher for all of those extra rags and plates. I do actually have paper towels in the house right now. There was a sale and I had a coupon. And I like using them to wipe out my cast iron skillets.
And I once tried to use real napkins instead of paper ones, but I found that we stained them up so badly that they looked terrible sitting on the table. Which do you use? Do you have any suggestions for the stain thing?
And now on to cleaning house. I have a schedule that I follow for keeping my house clean. It ensures that each room of the house is thoroughly cleaned at least once per week from top to bottom. And it gives me the weekends off! Which I love. And which my husband does not love. On any given Saturday or Sunday, I can catch him with a look of bewilderment on his face as if he is asking in his mind “What is happening here? Why is the house a mess? Will she ever clean again? Has she gone mad? Do I need to call the intervention people?”
And while it bothers him that the house goes to crap on the weekends, I could actually care less! I know that come Monday morning, we will be back on schedule and all will be right with the world once again.
Starting at the top and working my way down, I clean it all. Including the windows. (Not washing them inside and out, for mercy’s sake! Just cleaning them with the glass cleaner. The actual washing of the windows happens only once or twice a year.)
Mondays is the kitchen and dining room.
Tuesday is the bedrooms. This includes changing the sheets on the beds.
Wednesday is living room, entry and stairway.
Thursday is bathrooms.
Friday is the toy room/office. Friday is also grocery/errand day, so that’s why I clean this room on that day. It is usually the cleanest room of the house, so if I get busy or run out of time, it’s okay if it doesn’t get cleaned thoroughly that day.
The kitchen actually gets cleaned every day, just more thoroughly on Mondays. And all of the rooms get picked up and decluttered every day too. The sweeper gets ran 2 or 3 times a week. I do 1 to 2 loads of laundry a day to try and stay on top of it rather than spending an entire day down in the camel cricket kingdom doing laundry.
I’ve actually come to the place where I kinda, maybe, half-way sorta enjoy cleaning. (That almost sounded convincing.) Not that I actually enjoy the cleaning part of it, but I do enjoy making our home clean and comfortable for my family.
And at the end of the day, the house is still extremely old, so even when it’s sparkling clean, it still looks like an old house and there are areas that no matter how clean they are, don’t appear to be clean. Ah well, such is life…
And since I make all my own cleaning supplies, it gives me a great feeling of frugal satisfaction every time I clean. I do have an issue that I need to figure out. The only thing I miss about store bought cleaners is lavender. I used to only buy the lavender scented ones because I love the smell so much. Can you buy lavender scent to put into your own cleaners, I wonder? Does anyone know? And if I’m buying lavender scented stuff, doesn’t that kinda defeat the purpose of saving money by NOT buying lavender scented cleaners?
So, I would love to hear back from you on the paper plate/paper towel issue? And also do you have a cleaning schedule that you follow? And how about the lavender thing? And what up with the napkins? Anyone got anything for me on that one?
Muchas gracias, amigas!