While we’re on the topic of cleaning, I want to give you all a warning about a huge Pinterest fail that happened to me last week. Maybe you’ve seen a pin about boiling a cup of water + vinegar in your microwave in order to clean your microwave with the steam. Well, when I opened up the microwave to wipe it down, the boiling hot water in the measuring cup exploded out everywhere, to include my chest. Luckily, I wasn’t holding Juliana at the time, but boy was it scary. And painful! I still have a few red marks on my skin, but I’m just glad that it didn’t blister or anything. On the bright side, my microwave is squeaky clean!
One of my mom’s habits that has really stuck with me after she left last week, is the necessity to have a clean kitchen. While my parents were visiting, my mom ensured that the kitchen remained as clean as possible. This meant no dishes in the sink and counters wiped down and free of clutter. Since our kitchen is the center of our home, it makes a huge difference in the appearance of the entire house.
I’ve never been one to do dishes after a meal. Usually, they sit in the sink all day until I load the dish washer the following morning. Lately, I’ve been doing the dishes right away, and as weird as it may sound, I like it.
The clean kitchen obsession has branched off into other rooms of the house, and has me wanting to develop a schedule for the entire house. I figure if I can clean for like an hour each day, I should never really have to do more than just a little touching up here and there. Right now, I know what I want to do, but fitting each task into a day is proving to be slightly challenging. For example:
Should I clean the bathrooms on Fridays in case we have guests over on the weekends?
Laundry on Saturdays so that I can include the uniform that John wore all week?
Vacuum while the girls are in school so that they don’t track dirt in and out of the house while playing?
Once I get that puzzle figured out, I think I’ll be able to maintain a tidy house pretty easily.
Is there a specific cleaning routine that works for you?