Lavinia from The Birdbath Chronicles started her own meme, because she wants to know the cleaning secrets of us bloggers with the cleanest homes in cyberville. She has asked us to reveal a cleaning quirk of our own, so that you less gifted types may benefit from our expertise. I was thrilled to find myself on the aforementioned list (as well as seriously puzzled as to who nominated me for said list). While is it perfectly true that my cyber home is perpetually free of dust mites, pet hair, dirty dishes and trash of all sorts, in real time I am not known for my cleaning expertise or sterling advice on the topic.
In fact, while doing extensive research for this blog entry I have added a considerable number of new words to my cleaning vocabulary. I was familiar with terms such as hose down, scrape off, hide under the sofa, and spruce up before Daddy gets home, but what the heck is 'to depurate'? (It's in the dictionary folks...look it up. I double dog dare ya to use it in a conversation this week!)
Lavinia darlink, I hate to disappoint you, but I don't have any cleaning quirks, because I don't like to clean enough to develop any cleaning eccentricities. Nevertheless, I will be thrilled to share my numero uno cleaning tip. The best thing I ever did to promote the overall cleanliness of my home was, (during the six months I was able to afford her services) to hire a twice monthly maid. My good friend needed some extra money and I needed help. At the time, I had a little craft business and was gearing up for the busy Christmas gift buying season by working 20 hours a day. I found that once she gave the house a spic and span cleaning I was able to keep it nice and orderly until her next visit.
Later, my dear daughter filled this same cleaning need in my life. Dear daughter has been tagged by her friends as a Monica reincarnation, so you can imagine the help she was to her mother who has such a terrible depurate shortfall in her character.
I would like to challenge any of my cyber buddies who actually like to clean to please share your tips and quirks with me. In these recessionary times, I'm finding that I have to do all my own cleaning.
Please, please enlighten me!