Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday Musings: The Chore List
OK, it is January and I am trying to be more efficient in 2014. (Yawn....I'd far rather read a shelter magazine.) In an effort to be a better house manager (mo' betta title than 'housewife', no?), I turned to Pinterest for direction. It seems some of the Pinterest contributors have mastered my nemesis--housework.
Pinterest has pointed me towards blogs that I wouldn't normally read. These blogs on organizing and cleaning methods are head-scratchers for sure. They provide a list of chores assigned to certain days of the week. But these lists don't include things that need to be done at my house.
"Tuesday: Dust". They direct me to start at the top and work my way down. What about the time it takes to get the ladder out and set up. Not to mention the furniture that must be moved to get to the armoire to dust the top of it. Dust E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G? I'm a surface swiper. I'm guessing I'm supposed to wipe the sides and legs. Completely unnecessary, I'd say.
One blog suggests I slide a pillow case over the ceiling fan blades to capture dust. (I think I would have more success herding cats.) Time for stopping to run outside, shake it out and wash the pillowcase is not allotted. I guess the blogger doesn't realize it is not a good idea to send me out of the room. I may never return. Do you ever leave what your are doing and get distracted into another activity?
Does no one own pets? There is no mention of cleaning up after pets. My pooch Izzie makes a bit of a mess with her water, food bowls, toys, buried bones and tumbleweed fur balls. And, not one of them--not a single one of them--has "change the cat litter" on the list. My elderly cat kicks litter out of the box and it is a time consuming to dump, clean, wash the box, and reload the litter.
"Thursday: Mop Floors" directive doesn't include time for sweeping. Ya have to sweep the floors first, right? Don't these good housekeepers sweep their floors first?
Seems to me, these lists are like a recipe that ends with "serve warm" and doesn't tell you what you need to doto prepare the meal. I don't get it...
I just don't get it.