April 16, 2012

So Maybe I Am the Next Martha

Stewart that is.  I know, I know...it's a pretty big claim, so let me explain for a second.  As you may have gathered from reading this little ole blog, I pretty much love all things domestic.  Really, I do.  To me cooking, decorating, mothering, etc. are really not chores...I genuinely enjoy doing them.
There has always been one domestic activity, though, that I have loathed, one small obstacle in my way to becoming the next Martha Stewart.  CLEANING!!! I find it to be tedious and quite frankly a waste of time.  I mean, as soon as you're done dusting or what have you, there's dust already accumulating again.  So, my approach to cleaning has been to either a. hire a cleaning lady or b. just wait until the dust or whatever is too noticeable and actually has to be dealt with.
Well, when I stopped working, one compromise we made was to ditch the cleaning lady (booooo), and for the most part, I have been pretty much keeping up with the cleaning...begrudgingly, but keeping up with it.  But the baseboards were another story.  I didn't even really realize you were supposed to clean those actually until I saw the crazy, massive amount of dust and junk clouding up my white baseboards and I figured there had to be some way to deal with it.
After putting it off and putting it off, I finally tackled the baseboards.  And guess what?!?  It actually wasn't that bad.  I may have even slightly enjoyed it.  I mean, not enjoyed it like I enjoy a date night with Josh or anything, but enjoy as in "man, I feel accomplished and not totally irate."  Part of my enjoyment was probably the incredible success of the chore.  You probably wouldn't be able to tell in pictures (so I didn't take any), but even Josh could tell when he got home from work (and it took him over a week to notice that I had switched out some of the art work in our living room!).  Plus the whole house only took me a couple of hours (spread out over 2 nap times) which was way less than I had budgeted, so success again!
You wanna tackle your baseboards after reading this, don't you?  Well, here's how I did it.  First, I made my own simple cleaning solution by mixing 1/2 cup vinegar with 2 1/2 cups of warm water.  This ratio doesn't make a relatively small amount, but mine got so dirty so quick I figured it was better to go small and keep making it then make a whole lot.  With my bucket of cleaner ready, I just used a sponge to wipe down the baseboards.  Be sure to wring the sponge out first so you don't get too much drippage.
After allowing the baseboards to dry out a bit, I then went back over them with some dryer sheets.  I had read online several times that the sticky stuff in the dryer sheets coats the surface to prevent dust from reforming there.  I can't promise that it really works cause it's only been a few days, but so far, so good.
And that was it!!!  How easy does that sound?  I'm telling you...try it, you may be surprised how it's kind of not so bad!


  1. Brilliant. We are putting our house up on the market this weekend, so I'll take any of the cleaning tips you'll share.


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