I only do it because it’s expected. And needed. Pollen season in the Deep South means everything is covered with a yellow crust that needs peeling off.Or chiseling off. Or oven cleaner.
Anyway, I don’t go on a blitz and do the whole house. That would be nuts, especially because I’m doing 98% of the work, because the heathens in the house, who don’t care if it’s clean or not, would not do the job well enough to satisfy me.
It’s also something of a Zen thing. I do one room a day, and take as long as it takes to do the job entirely. There’s none of the worrying about what else has to be done. Nope. Each piece of furniture individually gets washed with Murphy’s Oil Soap and polished with Formbey’s Lemon Oil. Every little nooks and cranny, one at a time, with no worry about any other piece or if I’ll be able to get to it in time…there’s no time frame. Every inch of baseboard and door frame, every pane of window, all scrubbed clean and polished. Every DVD and book wiped clean. Even the candles on the shelf get a wipe.
I don’t look at the office right through the door. It’s a mess, but it’s turn will come. Maybe tomorrow. I don’t like to say “this must get done by thus and such a date” because that is too much pressure. All I can say is that I want them done before Summer. If I do one room a day, and it takes about 3 hours to do a room properly (excluding bathrooms, they don’t take as long), I will still have plenty of time to do other things. Terry suggests that I do 2 rooms a week, and I may do that and call what he said “permission”.
I am not really what you’d call a “clean freak”. I do like things tidy, piles of stuff are irritating, but as for actual sparkling cleanliness, that’s not that big a deal for me. I have a friend who is a real Clean Freak. She bleaches everything, all the time. If she swats a fly, out comes the bleach and she’s cleaning the fly swatter as well as the spot (even on the floor) where the fly got smashed. After her kids take baths, she bleaches the tub. After they poo in the toilet, she bleaches the toilet. You really honestly can eat off her floors.
Not mine. with 4 dogs and 2 cats and 4 kids with their bare feet who go outside and dig in dirt and walk on Who Knows What, my floors…well, I am content that they aren’t always sticky. When we moved here, the living room and office were carpeted with white pile. I knew that wouldn’t last very long so I didn’t worry about it. About 6 months later we pulled it up (by then it was a strange purple-grey-with-brown-blotches) and put down vinyl. It was a stop-gap thing, and the vinyl was 50 cents per tile. Eventually we covered the vinyl with hickory laminate, but we’ve had so many catastrophic water events (overflowing appliances, bathtubs, etc) that the laminate is quite worse for the wear, but it wasn’t expensive either. Once most of the Water Offenders have moved out, we’ll probably replace the sad floor with something classier, like real hardwood. But as long as there are people who tear stuff up, there will be cheap flooring. and as long as there are people running all over, I will refuse to fret over how clean those floors are.
But for now, the house is getting a good scrubbing, and that will buy me a solid month of Not Worrying Much At All. I may even have some people over for dinner.