Vitally Important Housecleaning Tip

tired housewife sweeping floor vintageDevelop a system, a routine of house cleaning, and then do not clean because company is coming, clean on your regular schedule and let company come who may- if they come before you’ve gotten to the point in your schedule where you scour the bathroom sinks- oh, well. They were scoured recently since you follow your schedule, right?

I read this in a book. We sort of do this. Right now we are in the midst of a boatload of company who have been cycling in and out since last Friday and we might be done by next Tuesday (a total of 13 people in four or five waves), yet the dust on my living room furniture is so deep you can write your name in it and the dusty outline will be three dimensional. But we haven’t dusted yet because it’s not dusting month yet this year.

I kid, I kid.

We don’t have a dusting month.

More tips here, and most of them are genuine.=)

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5 Comments

  1. Posted July 17, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I love your housecleaning tips! I think this might be the only place where I find housekeeping advice that is actually useful, as housekeeping does not come naturally to me, and so much advice is along the lines of “Just keep stuff clean in the first place” and other such worthless platitudes. It really doesn’t help any that I have so many things I’d rather do than clean. Not that the other things are merely more fun than cleaning (which they are), but that I consider them so much more important. An hour spent cleaning is an hour not spent reading.

    On the other hand, my library is perfectly cataloged and sorted and every book always gets put back where it goes, so I guess I can be organized when I really think it’s important. :)

  2. teachergirl
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I really need to take this advice to heart. I’m terrible at keeping up with cleaning. Real cleaning (as opposed to picking things up and putting them away) usually only gets done if someone’s coming over. Which isn’t often.

    I tend to go on cleaning spurts – I’ll start in one area, then see another that needs to be clean and do that, and so on. I end up spending the whole day cleaning. This is not practical because it’s become all or nothing. I clean everything or nothing. Except the floors. I hate mopping floors so that gets done very rarely. It’s not that I have a big house; I have a 1 bedroom triplex. I’m just lazy. And like Thalia said, there are much more fun things than cleaning.

    Scheduling sounds good. I’ll have to try it.

  3. abba12
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I have guests who come over at a moments notice or just show up at the door, so this is something I am trying to get better at!

  4. Laura
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    LOL! I’ve tried every tip in the book, and my thought is that whatever works is what you should use :D . For me that is inviting company over once a week. Works a treat! Anyone who shows up without an invite is subject–subjected??– to the “they came to visit me not my house” rule. :D :D They are also very very welcome, we love company anytime and all the time.

  5. Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    great cleaning tips, thanks!

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