Friday, January 12, 2007

Rain Reminds Me Of . . .

Tin Roofs
Mud Puddles
Not worrying about whether the car is clean or not (ashamed look here)

Another baker's dozen of things. See quote below. Why is it raining today? I don't know. My hubby's brother and sister-in-law vacationing in Hawaii probably don't care. Those in Denver covered in snow storms, probably wish for rain (unless they're skiing), those living in deserts probably are praying for it. So . . . I'd say I'm pretty blessed with a nice rainy day today. What's the purpose of this day for me? Hmmm, we'll see.

Speed Cleaning Hints:

Does a lick and a promise count?

1) Make every move count. Work around room once, don't backtrack, carry equipment with you.

2) Use the right tools. Use a cleaning apron to carry your tools with you!

3) Work from top to bottom. Dirt follows gravity like everything else. Makes sense, huh?

4) If it isn't dirty, don't clean it. Vertical surfaces aren't as bad as horizontal. Upper shelves and molding have less dust than lower ones. Etc.

5) Move on. When you're done, you're done. Don't manufacture more work.

6) When you're cleaning, if what you're doing doesn't work, shift to a heavier duty cleaner or tool. The more you work like this, the better you'll get at knowing what works where.

7) Keep your tools in impeccable shape. Dull razors scratch, not clean. Clogged spray bottles, well, you know what will happen there.

8) Repetition makes for smoother moves. Always put your tools back in the same spot in your apron so you don't have to fumble around for them.

9) Pay attention to what you're doing. Helps to keep things going smoother.

10) Keep track of your time. Try to break your record for the last time you swept that floor!

11) Use both hands. Finish one step and move on the the second with the other hand.

12) If you've got help, use them. Ten minutes is ten minutes. Even kids can use a vaccuum.

When you've learned all this, let me know. I'll let you come and speed clean my house! Grin!

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty--beneath its covering--that you will find that earth but cloaks your heaven. --Fra Giovanni


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