This is Offbeat Home's archive of Cleaning posts.
Keeping spaces nice and clean.
ome people hate taking out the trash, for others cleaning the toilet makes them fly into a rage. My own personal household Waterloo has always been emptying the dishwasher. It wasn't until my husband and I put all of our stuff in storage, moved across the country, and rented a temporary apartment that I had my Oh, baskets! moment: HAVE FEWER DISHES.
So my husband and I bought a house! But one thing that I noticed in this glorious house is that right when you walk into the kitchen there is this smell. We're not sure where it's coming from, but it's definitely of the feline species. However, we don't own any cats. So here's the question: How do you remove this smell, especially when you can't pinpoint the exact location that it's coming from?
It's been years since I've lived in a place with a dishwasher or laundry machines. Sometimes it's frustrating to find many well-meaning cleaning and organization tips or checklists offered up online that assume I have these easily available for my personal use. It's taken me a while to figure out how to better manage my washer-less life rather than just lament it. Here are some things that I've found work for me…
The truth is that my flatmates and I are pretty good about evenly sharing work. The truth is, when I did the dishes it was usually totally my turn. The truth is, when I was angsting about dishes, probably my flatmates were angsting about their own hot-button chore items, like mowing the lawn, or having a clear dining room table. And, universal truth is, the only person I can change is me. So I took back the dishes. And I found my Dishes Zen.