When I was little and shared a room with my sister, I was the neat one. (I still am)
When I was in boarding school, they made my ex-roommate move back in with me after a month across the hall, because she was a giant slob without my neat-freak influence.
But not all household chores are equal.
Floors are my particular bugaboo. During my 12 years on the Delaware shore, I realized that sand gets everywhere. Re-read that. Sand. Gets. Everywhere. I got in the habit of doing the floors at least twice a week, more often if I actually went to the beach, or had a guest. I'm a barefoot girl, and nothing is worse than a gritty floor.
After moving to Beijing, I started sweeping every morning. The entire apartment - city, really - collects this fine, grey dust, and I don't want my yoga mat to pick it up. So I get up, sweep our entire - 400sq. ft.? - and only then will I put down my yoga mat and get some exercise.
Sadly, dusting is my kryptonite. Did I mention the Beijing dust gets everywhere? My TV and furniture remain covered with a thin film of dust. I probably dust about twice a year. (DON'T JUDGE!) Also, I married a man who gets a headache from dusting polish. In the States, I could find fragrance-free dusting polish, and I dusted maybe 3 times a year. Here, I can only dust when he's going to be gone for at least one full day after I whip out the Pledge.
I do dishes and clean the bathroom like a normal person. I mean, Hello! Germs!
SIDEBAR: Back in the States, in our apartment complex with communal sites for laundry, I made a deal with my husband that, if he would do the laundry, I would clean the bathrooms. In Beijing, it's all me. At least we have our own washer!
And laundry is put away immediately after it's done. But then we have...
Seriously? I forget they exist.
They are so hard to reach properly in most places I've lived as an adult, that I can really only do half a job properly. I only do them once a year, if that.
|Those smudges are apparently from glue or installation spackle or something. The smog is just Beijing.|
I guess my point - my "Life Wisdom" - is to do what you need to, to meet your standards. Make your home as clean as you need it!
My standard: I like to walk on a clean floor.
I mean, I love to look out a clean window, but I can always open the window, too.
What are your cleaning (or other chores) hot buttons?
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