December, eh? After having a slight meltdown last week, my friend and I went and did a blitz of shopping, and got a few things to finish our lists. Now I can relax a bit, although I need to wrap and bake, but I can take my time.
I'm the type of person that if I know something needs to be done, it will bug the hell out of me until it's done. Probably to a fault- and I've tried making lists, and setting schedules but I don't like regiments or rigidness. So I just get on with it, in a haphazard sort of way.
1.Keep the entranceway to your home clear, and that way people will think the whole place is tidy.
2. I like the floors clear, and I sweep the kitchen and bathroom every day. I wash them every couple of weeks.
3. Get rid of stuff so you can dust your surfaces. I will avoid dusting anyplace that requires moving a ton of knick knacks (isn't that a stupid phrase?) so I got rid of a whole pile of it. I hate anything "decorative" like vases lined up- what purpose do they serve? So, unless I love it or need it, it goes.
4. Keep your bathroom tidy- wipe the counter (after you have cleared it off) and make sure the toilet is clean- at all times. Nothing is nastier than going to someone's house, and having to wee, and blech. That stays in my mind forever.
5. One challenge I face is keeping my kitchen counter clear- so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
6. Wash your dishes, and scrub the sink. The first room you see into is my kitchen, and I like it to be tidy and don't want used dishes sitting around. The guys who live here are a challenge because they use a glass and leave it on the counter. That's why we have a dishwasher.
7. If you leave things for a long time, like laundry or vacuuming, it is 10x worse, so at least once a week, devote an evening or morning to it. It really doesn't take that long. I like laundry, but I hate to vacuum so I'll come over and do your wash if you vacuum my house. Deal?
8. Put things away- file papers, return the tools to the toolbox, everything should have a place. I hate wasting time looking for something because some asshat forgot to put it away. (can you tell it annoys me?)
9. Give perishables for gifts- cookies, chocolates, and things like that. Then once it's done, no one has to drag out that ugly mug you re-gifted so they don't offend you. If you don't like it, chances are no one else will.
10. Life is not about housework- it's about friends and family, and you would like your home to be a place people can feel relaxed in. Not a museum, and not a place that someone is afraid to sit in for fear of messing up the cushions.
Creel Hat and Mitts from an Anne Hanson pattern for FC. I may make the cowl too.