Alrighty bloggy readers, I need your ideas and help. This weekend I got to the point where I was just totally OVER all the cooking and cleaning and picking-up dropped food off the floor only for it to be dropped again five minutes later…tired of stepping on small toys that are strewn everywhere, tired of the dadgum fruit flies that have made their home in our kitchen for the past TWO months… (we’ve set traps and killed probably a couple hundred of them, they’re just multiplying faster than we can kill them, and I’m literally swatting them away constantly when I’m cooking.) You know, just that housewife frustration at the neverending cycle of things that I’m cleaning….and knowing that I’m going to be doing things like laundry and dishes for the rest of my life. Yuck.
And yes, I know that is just life. Everyone has to do dishes. But it also occurred to me that things might be more frustrating because I just don’t have a great system for how to get things done. So here’s where you come in: What are some hacks, some smart little shortcuts or methods, that work for you in getting things done around the house? Simple things like, “Make sure your pans are always soaking if you don’t wash them right away so that they’ll be easier to clean when you do.” and other things that I might not have thought of. What kind of system do you have in place for laundry? Any ideas for how to shorten or make other chores easier?
Like, here’s one: I discovered awhile ago that while the kids are in the bath, that’s a really good opportunity for me to clean their bathroom instead of just sitting there. Now granted, I don’t always do this… mostly because Harris is too little for me to not have my eyes on him the whole time, but when it was just Evelyne, I used to do that more.
And: I started using washcloths in the kitchen a few months ago to cut down on the paper towel usage. I try to have a little rotation for how I use them. First, the clean ones are used to wipe off Harris’ face and hands after he eats. After a couple times, that one is used to wipe down the counters, and then the floor. Then it goes to the dirty clothes pile.
Also, someone told me a few years ago that dishwashing liquid (like Dawn) does an awesome job at cleaning the bathtub. In our old apartment we had one of those tubs with a textured bottom that just stayed dirty looking, no matter what I did. I even soaked it in bleach, and it did nothing, we had a big gray ring around the side and a dirty looking tub. But then I squirted a bunch of Dawn in there and scrubbed with a cleaning brush, and it came up so quickly and easily! I had been trying for like a year to clean that bathtub, and the Dawn worked in about 3 minutes! Fantastic!
And for those of you who get fruit flies, set a small bowl (I just use a ramekin) of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dishwashing liquid in it. They’re attracted to the vinegar but the soap makes them drown in it. It works very well, but I guess you have to catch them before they multiply and breed a whole fruit fly colony in your kitchen. Because then you might start finding them floating in your coffee, in your wine glass, and dive-bombing your salad. And then you might go crazy.
That’s all I got. Help a girl out, give me your best ideas and tips for making the drudgery go faster!