My couch was already 10 years old when I bought it, but it looks DAMN good, thanks to the secret method I've figured out for keeping it shiny and soft. Even in a house of four kids.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Cleaning posts.
Keeping spaces nice and clean.
I always thought I was a disorganized weirdo, but when I started reading about my Myers-Briggs personality type, things started to make sense. I had to work WITH my personality type to get the neat house I wanted.
Let me start out by saying I AM NOT A PATIENT PERSON. Just ask anyone in my family. No wait, don't. Just trust me on this one.
So when I read about making this enzyme cleaner that takes 3 MONTHS to "mature"…I just knew I could never stand the waiting! So I ALMOST passed on this idea….until I read a way how to speed the process up from 3 months to TWO WEEKS!
I thought about it long and hard….and after some DEEP soul searching…I decided I COULD do 2 weeks.
A month after making my batch of cleaner, I hadn't even gotten around to trying it — so I decided the bathroom would be my first "test subject".
I fear my hot water bill is going to be SKY HIGH next month! For the last couple of weeks I have washed and re-washed and re-washed AGAIN load after load of dishes trying to figure out just the right "recipe" for clean and CLEAR dishes! After taking a good, long look at my own dishes, I had to admit that the homemade version wasn't doing quite as good a job as the stuff in the green box I'd been using for years.
Of course the store-bought stuff hasn't been doing as good a job as IT used to do either since the ban on phosphates in dishwasher detergent went into effect. It took us MONTHS to figure THAT one out.
Anyway, I've got it sorted now — and I'm pleased to share.
We talk a lot about successfully riding the bucking stallion of cleaning and organizing, and today Nony from A Slob Comes Clean comes on board as our new sponsor.
Nony's got a new e-book called 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, wherein she lays out a simple, stepped plan for conquering your inner slob. Using kind words. Words that won't spook your feral inner slob.
Wikipedia defines homeostasis as "the property of a system [to] regulate its internal environment and tend to maintain a stable, constant condition."
Well, my home's constant condition was chaos, until I figured out the core of my problem. It will help you prevent clutter build up and have a happier house, too.
Spring might be a ways off (especially in the Southern Hemisphere) but any time is good for a clean-up — for your computer as well as your home. This advice is for Windows XP, Vista or 7 (sorry Mac/Linux users but I wouldn't know where to start!) and should be super-easy for anyone to follow.