If a woman isn’t careful she could spend the whole day cleaning and cooking and doing laundry!!
That was NOT meant to be funny.
I got carried away this morning with cleaning “one more thing” and then one more, and one more, and pretty soon it was 10:30! Not the way I had planned to spend the day, so I finally had to say “enough already” and quit at 11:00.
I spent four years of my life cleaning houses for other people so I’ve seen a variety of lifestyles. People have wide-ranging priorities when it comes to how comfortable they are with dirt and clutter, especially the latter. Some keep kitchens and bathrooms and living rooms clean, but have sloppy bedrooms. Some like very clean bedrooms, but are okay with casual, cluttered living rooms. Some like everything to be reasonably clean, but are okay with a little clutter anywhere and everywhere. Some live with so much clutter that it’s a joke to think anything is ever really “clean”. And yes, I did encounter one woman who could have safely eaten off any surface in her house, before I even got there to clean!
People also have different cleaning styles. There are basically two cleaning methods: task or room. Some people clean all of one room and move on to the next. Others prefer to dust each room, then vacuum every room, then clean all the bathrooms, etc. Either produces just about the same results. The deciding factor for most people is time. Room cleaners run the risk of getting so involved in one room that they run out of time for more. I usually clean by task on a daily basis. Then on weekends or school breaks I clean one room “top to bottom”. When I cleaned professionally I always cleaned by task, and then finished up with a room-by-room “tweak and shine”. I was so good at cleaning that I had a waiting list!
Wow…those days are gone! LOL Now I’m lucky if I have the time and energy for “reasonably” clean and uncluttered. (My children are all visualizing my office right now…cluttered YES…but my elephant collection is a different kind of clutter!) Clutter is a safety issue with me. I don’t want anything to fall. I don’t want to step or trip on anything. I don’t want to give scorpions or other critters a place to hide.
I also don’t want to devote more time to cleaning than is absolutely necessary- I have better things to do! So I am definitely a “place for everything” person and I generally put things back in their place immediately after use. I use wipes for quick spot cleaning. I ignore a lot of dust and I’m okay with weekly vacuuming. I’ve mentioned before that my mother was superwoman when it came to cleaning- a “move the furniture once a week” kind of cleaner. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to move my couch. It may or may not happen once a year!
Well, at least I accomplished something this morning. Of course much of the house will have to be cleaned again in just a few days. Maybe that’s what is so discouraging…a woman’s work is never done. We just have to know when to quit!