Houses tend to collect clutter and dirt because we live in them. That’s a fact. We tend to worry and fret over what our house looks like – especially when someone is coming over. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or exhausting. The following posts have lots of suggestions, tips, and steps you can take to get a handle on your house and make you feel comfortable enough to say, “Sure, come on over.” Click on the titles to read the entire articles.
Reader Question: I am a slob. My house is a disaster area most of the time, though I’m starting to realize a lot of it is clutter. My husband hates coming home to this chaos, and while I thrive in some forms of chaos it’s even starting to get to me.
This article covers mattress stains, roommates that don’t do chores, fussy babies, laundry, carpet stains, and even the kitchen sink. This was one overwhelmed mother.
I need help badly. It is my daughter. She is 21 and has 2 children ages 3 and 7 months. Her husband left them about 2 months ago. She is struggling so badly with everything.
She is depressed and has tried medication before but it hasn’t been too helpful for her. She depends on me a lot.
“Cleanliness is next to godliness” is a well-known saying, but my recent experiences have changed my mind: It would be more accurate to say that cleanliness is next to survival.
We all know that in a perfect world we’d make our own ecologically sound cleaners -not all homemade cleaners are, you know-, always reach for a rag to clean, and never use gas or electric powered items when a manual would do. Get over it.
What’s the best plan of attack if I need to make the house *look* clean for visiting parents or (especially) in-laws, but I don’t necessarily have the time or desire to do it up right? In other words, what spots do I absolutely have to hit to make it look like cleanly, responsible adults live here?
When I worked as a professional maid, sometimes the boss would come into a house we had just cleaned and would do what she called “the white glove test.” There were 5 places she called “hot spots”- these were the places she would most likely find that we had missed.
Ok. I’ve plugged that variable into the top secret Home-Ec 101 House Cleaning Algorithm and I’ve determined it will take you exactly 18.36 hours to thoroughly clean your house. Oh. Wait. That doesn’t make much sense does it? A question like “How long will it take to clean my house?” has an incredible number of variables.
I have a longstanding agreement with my friends from both in town and out of town. You’re welcome to come see me anytime, whether it’s short notice or if you schedule weeks in advance. I’m often tested on that, and people have come to my house in varying states of clean.
And it’s at this point that I just force a smile and try not to let out a huge guffaw. I have three kids. Who has three kids, more than one job, and an immaculate house?
Dear Home Ec 101, How do you keep a clean house?
Signed, N00b in Newford
Sometimes you have guests coming over unexpectedly and you don’t have time for the full cleaning route. And sometimes you just don’t feel like cleaning like a madman when there are guests coming over. So what are the most important parts of your house to hit in order to make your house look decent?
I’ll get to it tomorrow. The temptation to just let the mess stay one night, you’ll kick it out in the morning. . . and you’re right back in it all over again.
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