I have fallen behind in my good homemaking habits. A new puppy, adoption paperwork and snow will do that to a girl. So yesterday, with big old fat snowflakes falling, I got a little caught up. I finished laundry, baked some whole wheat honey oatmeal bread, and cleaned Sammy's closet. That, my friends, was no small feat.
So I was thinking, what are my habits as a homemaker, and what might I think about changing.
I am obsessive about some things and then let others go. Like clean sheets. I obsess about clean sheets. Sometimes I change them twice a week because I LOVE clean sheet day. And I think my kids love it too. Maybe they don't notice….but I remember getting into bed when I was little on clean sheet day and just loving it.
I am also obsessive about the beds being made every day. That is one thing that I feel like it sets my day off right if my bed is made right away. I am the same way with the kids- they know that before breakfast, the need to get their beds made.
My kitchen I get totally obsessive about. I cannot stand to have dishes in the sink. Nor can I deal with a dirty sink. So I clean it, often. Probably more often then it needs. The bathrooms are that way too. Sheesh. I may have a little cleaning issue.
There are things that I tend to let go a little. Like dust. Thankfully I don't have lots of knick knacks- so the dust doesn't settle on "things". But my floors get dusty. And dust bunnies of dog hair tend to back into corners. That drives me insane. But, I kinda look at them, and say "well, I will get to that later". And then I walk by them 2 days later and it makes me all crabby. Crabby enough to drag my vacuum cleaner out and get rid of the hair. But if I never had to do that again, it would be OK with me.
The thing that I cannot stand are the piles. Piles of papers. Not that I am blaming anyone (ahem)….but my sweet, wonderful husband is a pile freak. At one time I had a specific rubbermaid that I would put all his papers in. But there they sit. Ah well.
I tend to have a perfectionist attitude towards cleaning. I grew up in a home where it was so clean you could eat off the garage floor with nary a care. (still is that way- hi Mom and Dad!!)…and while it was lovely, it was hard to relax. I don't want to go there. Yet I so easily could. So to find the balance.
What are your number one house cleaning issues? What do you HAVE to get done? And, what can you let slide??