I've been working like mad for the last couple of hours vacuuming and cleaning down the stairs. I found lots of cobwebs on the ceilings. If I could, I let the spiders live to make more.
I'm making a huge effort to clean before I leave for Thailand. My friends, who will come in and feed my cat, are scrupulously clean and tidy. I suspect that one of them is finickity since I usually find he has cleaned and polished my cafetiere to await my return. He won't say how he does it but he removes all the limescale even from the nooks and crannies. I wonder if he goes looking in my bedroom (in the drawer next to my bed!)
OMG!!! You should have seen my house after 28 days of sitting quietly waiting for us to return. Our kitty went to heaven last spring and we are finally getting around to thinking of another. Anyway, the dust was so thick on everything and 3 days after returning both of us got sick.
I also hate housework, so I have hired someone to come in every other week and do some of the things I hate, like scrubbing the tile floors in the kitchen, entry, two bathrooms, den and hall.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
I think 3 cats is pretty much the tipping point; beyond that lies the path to cat ladyness.
Even if YOU can handle 3 or more cats in your house, the cats do better if there are no more than two. Issues of territory, marking, and aggression begin to occur with 3 or more, and beyond that, it is almost impossible to avoid having the types of kitty problems that lead to a lack of that "fresh clean smell" on entering your house. So say the experts in Cat Fancy magazine...
I am going to try to clean today. It's raining and I am probably going to have people coming over tomorrow because of the festival in the neighborhood. Will give it a shot and see how far I get...Clearly,I am not real enthusiastic about this.
It's strange but some people like to clean their houses! The friend I will be staying with in Phuket finds great pleasure cleaning each and every day. I asked her how she kept her floors so sparkling and she told me she uses something like Johnsons baby wipes on them. She remarked that most English peoples' houses were dirty.
I had a person from John Lewis come in this morning and measure my french doors for roller blinds. They will be filmy white with a leaf print design and fairly see-through to the garden beyond. Anyway I was ashamed to see cobwebs in the area she was measuring. Before the blinds are fitted I'll simply have to paint the woodwork. Oh dear.
It's a tedious job but today I have been forced to defrost my freezer...there's so much ice in it I can hardly open the drawers. I've put very hot water in a small container on the top shelf to loosen the ice.
I fought my freezer last week, but all I had to do was attack the sides with my plastic rösti spatula -- the ice comes loose easily. (It was my fault because it's a small freezer in a corner of the kitchen, and I didn't notice that the door wasn't closed 100% -- that's the kiss of death in terms of frost.)
One good thing yesterday was that my surprise houseguest did all of the dishes while I was out.
Uck ~ cats on roofs. Most of the roofs here are flat. I lived in one house that neighborhood cats were using as a litter box. Didn't that smell nice in the hot sun.
I live alone in a small house with a big porch. The porch really ought to be kept nice, as it's the "intro" to the house, plus a pleasant den area. It's also the site of my potting projects and dusty anyway because it's the dry season.
The house gets cluttered because it's too easy to say that I'll do it later. Why, look at that -- both hands seem to be occupied at this very second, but nothing is getting picked up around the house!
ironing is on my very short list along with painting of avoid doing at all costs...
I'm with you on this, casi. (Add windows to the short list.) My/our housekeeping avoidance is keeping the dirt out in the first place. We take our shoes off on entering and wear slippers in the house. We do not have dogs or allow other people to bring their dogs in. Ditto with kids. (Well, OK, if visitors have kids, they don't have to leave them in the car.) We close the windows when the pine trees are dropping pollen. When we've been working in the yard and are covered with dirt, the yard clothes get dropped in the laundry room or garage. Our preventative measures also involve routine things like squeegeeing the shower stall after each use, so it doesn't need scrubbing very often. Stuff like that.
And NEVER buying clothes that require ironing, no matter how much we like them. If they won't lose their wrinkles in the dryer, they go to the thrift store. I was amazed to see an iron and ironing board in each of our Australian hotel rooms - I would've thought that the "no worries" Australians wouldn't worry about wrinkles...