February 02, 2005

House Cleaning

As far as my personal house cleaning rituals go, I've been pretty productive for the past few days. I've kept up with the laundry, even when forced to do extra by a two year old who stripped off her pjs and peed all over her brother's bed. I've vacuumed, swept, mopped, cleaned a bathroom, cooked meals, loaded and unloaded the dishwasher, shopped for groceries and generally feel like my house is in order.

However, I've had the guilty pleasure of watching part of the show Wife Swap. While I'm sure they always go for the extremes the two times I've seen part of a show, one of the women would be cleaning her house 5 hours each day and talking about the other family living in filth because the bathrooms weren't cleaned daily and there might be dust balls in the corners.

Even at my house's cleanest, I rarely manage to clean more than one bathroom per week and between a dog, three small children and two adults, there is always dirt on the floors and hair balls in the corners. It is rarely at its cleanest, either. Toys, laundry, dirt, dishes -- everything piles up and I don't always get to it right away.

And so I wonder, do people really clean 5 hours per day? I can't imagine spending that much time cleaning and if I did, I'd expect not to be doing anything else to the house for at least a week. I guess I'm just content to wallow in my filth.


It sounds like you're about on par with us (two adults, three kids and two cats). Clean laundry seems to spend rather a long time on the sofa in our bedroom before finally getting put away, there is a thick layer of shed fur on many chairs and we're thinking of retiling the kitchen in a dirt n' crumbs pattern to better hide the mess.

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at February 2, 2005 10:35 AM

Housekeeping is so not my forte! I like Robert's suggestion of a Dirt 'n Crumbs pattern for the kitchen. Is that in Formica or only in tile?

Found you thru your comment on Three Kid Circus. You make me laugh!

Posted by: buffi at February 2, 2005 03:15 PM

I clean far less than you do, though we're going to have to step up the vaccuuming once little guy starts crawling. We just replace the shower curtain whenever someone is unfortunate enough to visit us.

Posted by: Lenise at February 2, 2005 04:06 PM