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The Perfect World >> Domestic Sphere >> Keeping House

Keeping House

j-ro -- Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 04:05:48 AM

Discuss the challenges of housekeeping here.

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CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 05:40:09 PM -- 46 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

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?

Biscuit -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 05:46:59 PM -- 47 of 14191
LITTLE PINK SOCK / LITTLE PINK SOCK

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?

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 05:53:03 PM -- 48 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I bet there is a bomb, but isn't that what mothballs do?

lime -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:46:11 PM -- 49 of 14191
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

I clean stuff when I notice it getting grungy.

Biscuit -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:50:39 PM -- 50 of 14191
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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.

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:52:33 PM -- 51 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

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.

Biscuit -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:55:24 PM -- 52 of 14191
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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?

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:56:59 PM -- 53 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

The second, yes. I don't recall it stinking much, though.

Biscuit -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:58:08 PM -- 54 of 14191
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Yay on the corpse drifts. I think that might be extremely satisfying.

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:59:20 PM -- 55 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

It is. You feel like you've accomplished something. Provided that the corpses aren't cockroaches.

Brigit M -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:06:29 PM -- 56 of 14191

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.

Lyra Jane -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:22:16 PM -- 57 of 14191
Clearly unable to post here.

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.

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:29:49 PM -- 58 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I would distrust the sort of thinking that says you're going to be neater in a new house.

lime -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:32:06 PM -- 59 of 14191
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

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.

lime -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:34:56 PM -- 60 of 14191
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

I would distrust the sort of thinking that says you're going to be neater in a new house.

I do too, but this exactly what I do, so I understand the sentiment very well. I am much, much cleaner/neater than I used to be, and a lot of that is first making an effort to notice things and do something about them when I notice them... most stuff only takes a few seconds (hang up bag in closet, put shoes away, etc.) and makes a big difference, and second is to realize that I do not stick to a schedule and do not spend long periods of time cleaning. So I try to do stuff when I notice it, when I have a few extra minutes, or I plan to do one thing in a day, so it's not overwhelming and making me want to crawl into a corner.

Biscuit -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:38:42 PM -- 61 of 14191
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> I would distrust the sort of thinking that says you're going to be neater in a new house.

In my case, I know it won't change my essential inclination to comfortable slovenliness, but we will have more room, including a full dry basement for his studio (which will mean a dining room that doesn't have two Hammond organs, a Wurlitzer electric piano, an upright piano, and a desk-sized "vintage" reel-to-reel in it), and two rooms with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves. So I kind of understand Lyra's thinking.

In all seriousness, the Orange stuff is good-smelling and works just as well as lots of the mass-market Fantastik-y things.

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 07:40:20 PM -- 62 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I'm the opposite, actually--I'd rather clean when it is a project, not a task. And yes, that does mean it gets overwhelming. Some things I keep on a task basis--garbage, kitchen dishes, bathrooms.

Alice CK -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 09:01:00 PM -- 63 of 14191
the glass in the toilet is quite a pretty blue

Lyra, I'm not clear on why you need to find out what the general standard is for how often to clean? Surely what's important is how often you and Patrick are going to get around to it -- or, conversely, how much grime you can both put up with before you break out the cleaning products.

Or did you mean that you're in essence going to be acquiring a roommate, and you need to know whether you're a total slob compared to the rest of the human race? I'd say that dropping books and papers wherever is okay as long as it doesn't annoy your roomie. Buy wet-wipes to dust with instead of using Kleenex -- they work better. And if Patrick thinks that houses need to be vaccuumed more often than you do, he can jolly well do it himself. JMO.

Lori Dee -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 11:41:33 PM -- 64 of 14191
Axial tilt is the reason for the season.

He hangs up his shirts right from the washer

This is also great if the shirts have an iron-on design and the colors don't fade as fast. I air dry all my kids shirts, pretty much, except for the play stuff for Banshee and Lord Slug. I should mention, I let my kids choose their own Perfect World nicks, Lord Slug is from Dragonballz, lest you think my son is insulting himself. I air dry my shirts too, for the most part.

I am going out shopping for closet organizers this weekend, can anyone make recommendations? Clear containers with lids, the white rubbery shelves...?? My closets are tiny dens of rubbish/junk/crap.

lime -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 11:47:05 PM -- 65 of 14191
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

My recommendation is to figure out what you want to store in your closet before you go shopping for the organizers. <g>

I am far too prone to rushing out and buying all the organizational goodies without putting a lot of thought into it first.

If you want to store collections of small things, then you will want boxes. For clothes, probably the shelves, because if you are like me and don't want to put huge amounts of effort into putting clothes away, you don't want to have to be pulling out boxes and opening and closing them to get out/put away laundry.

Also, try to sort by how much you use something. Stuff that is used only rarely can be stashed on the top shelf in a box, but you want the stuff you use a lot to be easily accessible.

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