'The horror' I hear you cry! Cleaning? Organizing? Finances?
What is this voodoo!
Look! Unless wealthy or in business, the job of keeping house is down to us. Me and you. Man or woman but it doesn't seem that groovy to talk about it these days? I mean who wants to have the title 'Housewife'.....I honestly don't care. Whatever suits.
Since coming to Canada, things have changed dramatically in the way I clean. For one, I have 6000 sq ft of home to manage. So cleaning it, needs thought. I also never intended to spend every waking moment chasing dust and dog hair. No one does.
I've learnt a lot.
We don't use all of the space all of the time but due to the open plan nature of the layout, it's almost impossible to stop the migration of debris sadly. I do love a big open kitchen, diner but not open plan to the max, like this is!
We have a few issues. A dog with white hair who constantly moults. White tiles on the kitchen floor, which shows everything! Dust coming in through the vents due to the building work outside. A puppy who doesn't always make it in time. Painted mahogany wood flooring in most of the living space, which shows every paw mark. It's enough to drive the best housewife crazy and heading straight for the gin tray!
Note to self: do not buy rugs in cream or white!
I also have a black material sofa about 5 meters long! Big mistake! It will be sold and soon. So what to do?
Oh and bloody feather cushions! Often the feathers escape! I have recently bought fire proof, non toxic soft toy filling to boost the cushions and stop the loss of feathers. It worked!
On with the cleaning!
I have to tell you to bin all your shop bought cleaning products and make your own! Most of the shop bought chemical versions leave a residue. Simply buying a couple of empty spray bottles, ensuring you have some non toxic ingredients to hand, will lessen your cleaning products costs and you will be in charge of what you use!
Solid bees wax as furniture polish/oil
natural liquid soap
lots of washable microfibre cloths.
Hoovering big spaces:
I have several hoovers, but for big hard floor surfaces the robot cleaners are fun but expensive! Do clean the hoover filters regularly to stop blockages and pet smells. If you are purchasing a hoover, consider what you are going to be hoovering and how. Cordless is best. How long it will hold a charge for? Are you hoovering, stairs, upholstery? Make sure it doesn't everything you need.
Hoover and then take a large microfibre washable cloth and clean with water. I pop the cloth on a mop head and secure with clips or steam mop which is much better.
So easy! Buy a steam cleaner and a window/glass washer. Karcher do these well but other brands are available of course. This makes cleaning mirrors, shower glass, toilets and floors really easy and very quick. You can also use the steamer to clean your oven, hob and fridge.
Break it down.
Tackle a cupboard or area in rotation. Don't make it overwhelming. Every 3 months have a good declutter and deep clean.
Send rugs away for professional cleaning once every six month for high use area rugs, or save money by buying a carpet and upholstery washer.
Ironing is a nightmare but again it is best to spend extra buying a press for linens and a handheld steamer for clothing.
Handmade muslin bags of lavender and moth balls and draw liners are great for protecting your clothes. Keep shoes boxed if you have the room. You can buy clear boxes so that you can actually see your shoes.
Mud trays and rubber mats are great for winter. Boot holders and crate storage for shoes keeps the hall way neat.
A lot of dirt comes from candles so either burn soy candles or buy a diffuser for essentials oils which is cleaner and healthier.
Regularly wash dog bedding and the dogs!
Bins. Best to separate your food waste, glass, recycling and general rubbish. This does require space, so consider stackable bins. I have a kitchen island unit with draws for all of this. I buy paper bio degradable bags which help with keep the bins clean and contains the smell. I organize the rest of the rubbish in the garage as I go.
Oh and have the dog groomed regularly! Every little helps!
I don't like spending my life cleaning but its is necessary and once you have the correct tools, it's not a huge chore. Make it easy on yourself and music always helps!