Cleaning? Do we have to clean our houses? Can’t we just knit? Once upon a time I was totally and completely overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning my house required. I dreaded it. I’m not sure I realized what a state I was in until my reading group selected The Messies Manual as our yearly homemaking book.
The group I was in was called ‘Creative Homemakers’ and every year we would read a book on home organization, a book on parenting, a book on marriage and a book on womanhood and then get together to discuss what we read. We learned a lot from the books and from each other and I believe we stayed together for four years until our lives took us in various directions.
The book that most transformed the state of my home was called The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton. It was not only beneficial but hillarious as well. As an assignment we were to make a list of all the chores that needed to be done around the house. We then had to break them down into daily, weekly and monthly activities. Then we divided them amongst the days of a 3 week cleaning cycle and put them on cards in a flipper photo album. It was called The Flipper File.
Through the years of Creative Homemakers we tryed various methods to organizing our home but The Flipper File was the one that worked for me. I even gave my girls their own Flipper File designed to help them clean their room/bathroom. As they got older they worked from mine.
This system worked for me because everything I needed to do in a day was written down and I didn’t have to think, I just checked off the choir with a dry-erasable pen. The Flipper File has moved with me from home to home and I think this week my goal will be to update it. I haven’t changed it since my worker-bee-slave-girls have left home and I need to figure out where cleaning their rooms should be on my schedule and determine how often they really need to be cleaned now that no one lives in them.
When my friends and I were working through The Messies Manual we were given the assignment of interviewing a seasoned homemaker to find out cleaning tips. My Mom told me to take the wet towel after a shower and quickly wipe down the mirrors and she said she makes her bed up as she rolls out of it and before she gets dressed. My mother-in-law told me to use an old toothbrush to clean where the toilet lid attaches to the seat. And, she said to take out shirts from the dryer before they are completely dry and iron them then. My grandmother told me to tackle one room at a time and not to move on until that room was done…..this was the only suggestion that doesn’t really work for me (too boring).
My tip for you? Other than reading The Messies Manual and joining Messies Anonymous? My tip is to listen to your iPod as you work..a little music makes the chores go down a little easier. Or, you could also try my method of doing one chore from The Flipper File and then knitting two rows, one chore from the Flipper, knit two rows, one chore from the Flipper, knit two rows……………
Now, WHAT cleaning tip can you share with ME? Sound out!