Keeping Housej-ro -- Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 04:05:48 AM
Discuss the challenges of housekeeping here.
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Just here to note that Jennifer, you said you changed "washer" to "dryer" but it's still "washer" for me at least. A bug?
I will use the dreaded smiley emoticons (or link in the buttfucking smilies from other sites) before I will go to all that trouble to put "g" in brackets.
Debby, we have a storage room on the patio and dh put some shelves in there last weekend. I just have to get it out there. And rearrange the walk-in in the master bedroom. We have an entire storage shed we rented but this is stuff that I didn't want there--pics and paperwork, etc.
Alice, I didn't change washer to dryer in both places. No bug, just inattention.
The rolling laundry cart makes a stop at each bedroom. They have to put their own clothes away. It's not that different from having separate laundry baskets, except that the clean clothes sit around in the bedrooms instead of the laundry room, I guess.
I fold in the living room and put the piles on their beds. They're responsible for putting them away. Except now, in the summer, when they do all their own laundry. But we're in an apartment - I wouldn't have anywhere to store a laundry cart.
I rarely remember to fold laundry, which is why I make Spawn (and me) hang our shirts on hangers rather than dry them.
Please do not laugh at me, but I need to know the following things before I commence being a wife (and, yeah, Patrick should know as well, but I'm here and he's not):
- How often are you supposed to dust?
- How many seperate cleaning products does one actually need?
- How often should you wash the bathroom and kitchen floors? With what products?
Thanks. We aren't slobs exactly, just ... casual right now, and it'd be nice to have some clue what I'm doing (the new apt. will be the first place I've ever lived in where I didn't share the kitchen).
I would so much rather you restated the question, as opposed to saying that because you are becoming a wife and Patrick a husband, you need to know how to clean. Why would you need to know anything different based on marrying?
If you go according to my cupboards (which have looked the same since long, long before I became a wife) you need approximately 57 cleaning products for each part of the house. This doesn't mean you will ever use them all, or indeed any of them.
The kitchen floors get washed when the tomato and ice cream splorts begin to obscure the pattern of the tile. The bathroom floors get washed more frequently because the bathroom is the size of a small closet.
Thank goodness you didn't ask how often to vacuum.
Anyone ever had moths? The little beige fluttery ones that get into clothes? How, short of washing everything in the closet, can one get rid of them? Is there a bug bomb that we can set off that won't cause the cats to grow extra limbs or develop speech?
I bet there is a bomb, but isn't that what mothballs do?
I think mothballs are more preventative. And they stink, and no matter what anyone says the smell doesn't wash out or air out. Trouble is, I think most bug-bomb things have that gaggy-sweet Raid smell to them.
Fudge. Bad enough the house is full of spiders (more spiders than anyplace I've ever lived! More varieties, more quantity! It's arachni-riffic!), now I have to deal with moths in the winter clothes. Crap.
Oh, I would bomb then.
I had a house with so many spiders I finally realized they must be eating each other. I bombed then, too.
I don't know what gives with all the spiders, really I don't.
So does the bomb stink really badly? And the next day are there drifts of dead poison-riddled insect husks on the floor?
The second, yes. I don't recall it stinking much, though.
It is. You feel like you've accomplished something. Provided that the corpses aren't cockroaches.
Lyra, I tend to dust once a week, which seems to be sufficient in some seasons and not enough in others, but with asthma and allergies in the household I try to err on the side of more often.
People have violent opinions about cleaning products, but I find that I can do just about anything with bleach, ammonia, baking soda, borax, and white vinegar, plus a little dish detergent (you can combine soda and vinegar, ammonia and borax, etc, just NEVER combine bleach and ammonia, because the fumes can be lethal). And it's cheaper. I use Orange Clean, too, because I love the smell. I do the kitchen and bathroom floors about once a week when I'm on my game, but we have two kids- you may not need to. I usually use ammonia, borax and water, occasionally followed, after it's dried, with a bleach solution to sterilize.