Keeping Housej-ro -- Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 04:05:48 AM
Discuss the challenges of housekeeping here.
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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.
Thank you, Brigit.
Cal, it has more to do with the home of my own thing rather than being married. And also because right now I just drop books and papers wherethefuckever, dust by wiping visibly dirty surfaces down with a kleenex, and have vacuumed twice since I moved into my current house (in July 2000). I trust this is suboptimal, and now that I'm moving it seems like a good time to turn over a new leaf.
I would distrust the sort of thinking that says you're going to be neater in a new house.
I like the orange stuff too. I don't like over-chemically smells.
I'd recommend buying a pack of cloth diapers, LJ. They are very handy for all sorts of cleaning, from bathrooms to dusting to anything else.
Also, finding a place to put everything is a huge help. For me, it is almost impossible to clean up if I just don't know where to put things, but if everything has a place, it is fairly easy.
Also, it depends on if you are the kind of person who would rather do a little bit on most days, or if you would rather do one big bang-up job all at once. I like to do a little every day, and then it never feels like I spend my whole life cleaning.