Keeping it Clean
By now, we all know that I am a little obsessive when it comes to my abode. I fret over whether or not paintings are centered, if the shade of the throw pillows goes with the rug, how to keep toys organized and out of sight. But, I don’t think I am actually all that meticulous when it comes to cleaning. I would like to be, but I prefer to do other things. Don’t get me wrong, my house is rarely disgusting. I just don’t always live up to my own expectations. Here is the routine I try to stick to:
Daily – wiping down the dinner table and picking up (this includes toys, clothes, paperwork, etc.). This is like Sisyphus pushing the rock up the mountain; it is a never-ending struggle. But, I can’t stand clutter so the battle rages on.
Weekly – dusting, completely cleaning kitchen counters (like take-everything-off-them-and-wipe-them-down cleaning), cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming (thanks darling hubby), mopping
As needed – dusting the wooden blinds, cleaning vents and light fixtures, cleaning the rarely used guest bath, cleaning out cabinets and drawers, cleaning out the fridge and miscellaneous additional Sisyphean tasks such as laundry, dishes & trash
In reality, I usually fall short on the mopping. It is my least favorite cleaning chore of all. I secretly long for the day Edward is old enough to be assigned that one. And I occasionally fall short on other tasks too, but I stick to the schedule about 90% of the time.
How does my routine compare? Am I grossly negligent when it comes to cleaning or am I being too hard on myself?
P.S. I try to use natural cleaning products when I can. But, I have this nasty expectation that they actually work and often they fall short. I am still on the hunt for a good environmentally friendly laundry detergent. Any suggestions?