It may seem like I’m constantly nagging about how things are done around the house. There’s actually a reason, and it’s not just to be controlling. When I was young, I remember my dad telling me that a job worth doing is a job worth doing well (or something like that). This was said after I bumped into the furniture with the vacuum. It’s amazing how that stuck with me since then, but I can’t seem to impress it upon anyone in my house. Was I just an abnormally obedient child? Possibly. I’d like to try to explain some of my main issues.
Our dishwasher isn’t the greatest. As much as I wish it contained tiny wizards tossing around the evanesco charm (that makes things vanish for those not familiar with Harry Potter), they simply do not exist. Therefore, if someone has allowed things to dry on a dish or utensil, a little elbow grease is required to free the item from the offending matter. Peanut butter on spoons and knives is another culprit Oatmeal is one of the worst offenders! All these things must be removed first. Yes, Tim Allen, you do have to wash some dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. How silly of you not to have known that! 😀
My thought process goes beyond not bumping into furniture and extends to taking care of things to make them last – especially when the things are not cheap to repair or replace. A house vacuum is not comparable to a shop vac. Some things should be picked up by hand before running the vacuum. Pushing the vacuum back and forth rapidly to get the job done fast isn’t really getting the job done very well at all. Not with our vacuum for some reason. So much for Dyson being so great! Vacuuming slowly with overlapping paths is a must.
Cleaning Up After Yourself
Self explanatory enough, but I’ll go ahead with a brief explanation. If you get up to leave the room, take something with you to put away. If you brought something into a room with you, then take it out of the room when you leave. How hard is that? If you don’t, three trips later, you’re going to have an awful lot to pick up and put away. Meanwhile, everyone has to look at the mess. Granted, I’m the only one in the house it seems to bother, but that’s beside the point. I eat and drink at my desk, but when I’m done at my desk, I clear away any dishes or trash. OK, I may leave a water glass on my work desk, but that’s just to be sure I have a big glass available each day.
Similar to vacuuming, my reason here is repair and replacement cost. Don’t overstuff the washer and always, always remove the lint from the lint trap on the dryer.
I don’t think this is asking a lot. It’s not like I’m demanding that counters be wiped down in one directly only. I’d be tickled pink if they were wiped down at all – crumbs wiped away at the very least. 😀
The hardest thing about being picky about how things are done is when it comes to larger projects. Those tend to pile up and wait because I always think they’re going to take longer to do than it really takes. I never know where to start. To complete one task, another area needs to be cleaned. Before cleaning that area, this other thing needs to be done. It truly is a vicious cycle!