Thursday, October 30, 2008

Water and Vinegar! REALLY?

Ok so that is exciting because I use the swifters and they totally streak the floors. So what amount of water and Vinegar do I use?

No more sticky floors

I was recently about to give up on my floors ever being clean, let alone not sticky. It seems that no one who eats or drinks anything is able to keep their beverages from spilling, and the dogs can't seem to pee outside. Then, the dirt from our houseful of shoes makes best friends with that sticky mess under the table, and voila! a sticky black and brown deer track through the dining room, to the bathroom and all the way to the kitchen.

I have tried Murphy's oil soap, which looked great while it was still wet, only to dry to a dull film, re-inviting grime and footprints. Then, I tried the swiffer wet things, which smelled a little too much like cleaner, and achieved the same filmy result.

Finally, after some soul {and google} searching I decided to try the age old method of vinegar & water, on my knees with a washcloth. Lucky for me we have tiny floors, because it works perfectly. The floors are shiny, smooth, and actually seem dirt resistant! It dries really fast, and since I am looking at what I am doing up close, I truly get a clean floor. Amazing.

Here is a long and useful list of uses for vinegar, my new best friend. {and just for good measure, here is another list, full of photographic aids...}

Roasting pumpkin seeds, Alice

Friday, October 17, 2008

Starting over?

Well girl it sounds like you are doing well! Clearing out clutter, opening doors to let the fresh air in and the neighbors are at ease that there are no dead bodies in the house, and returning something that you don't need. Good job! I'm not sure if you were asking me or anyone, but yes I so try to dust at least once a month and vacume under my bed at least every other week. I try I don't keep up the same every month, but I try. Right now I have to clean my room-which means folding and hanging up clothes and taking out the trash. I also will try to clean under the bed OH MY! well I am glad you are blogging again lets keep up the encouragement!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Facts worth Remembering

While reading Angry Chicken, I came across this post and felt it was important to share with you. I am really going to use that lye bit, since our pipes back up all the time.

The last few weeks have been successful at home, I have delivered an entire car-full of donations to the goodwill, and have a new pile started already. I have been able to leave all my doors open all week, which means I haven't been hiding dead bodies in my bedroom, or chihuahua poop in the hall. Ikea caused me a slight misstep, persuading me to purchase a box of dishes for $24.99. The fact that I didn't need them was irrelevant, they just kept telling me they were so simple, and new, and shiny, and easy, and ready to make my life all I ever hoped it would be. It was a trick. The worst part is going to be the return trek to Ikea to get my money back.

In love with this house, Alice

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Brand New Start

*Lady:A well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior.
A woman regarded as proper and virtuous.
A well-behaved young girl.
A woman who is the head of a household.
A woman, especially when spoken of or to in a polite way.
A woman to whom a man is romantically attached.
Informal. A wife.
a woman who is the counterpart of a lord, or the counterpart of a gentleman.
*Mettle: 1 a: vigor and strength of spirit or temperament b: staying quality : stamina 2: quality of temperament or disposition

We are starting over. All my posts said the same thing, 'My house is messy, I can't clean it up', and it started to bug me. So, let's start from scratch. What do you use to clean? How do you handle clutter? Do you ever actually dust? What about under your bed? Here's to putting squalor behind us, and moving on.