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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Crazy Cleaning Confessions
The gang at Mom Central are hosting a blog tour. The good news is there's a contest, and you can enter to win a Kenmore appliance. Who couldn't use a new appliance or two?

All you have to do is videotape yourself cleaning and giving us some crazy advice on what you'll do to get clean laundry and dishes. I was checking out the entries in the gallery. There are some cute ones, but I have to say my favorite is Manly Traditions in Laundry. Isn't it wonderful when good cleaning advice is passed down from father to son?

I don't know about you, but there is little I dislike more than cleaning. Unless it's living in a mess. Kind of have a problem there, don't I?

I'm sure that a lot of my quirks come from the fact that I didn't get married until I was 38. Add to that is the fact that I pretty much lived by myself for the previous 10 plus years. I got into the habit when I was on my own of cleaning at some pretty bizarre times. I would also tackle one room at a time while moving everything that didn't belong in that room to the next room. Then I'd tackle the next room, putting away anything that belonged there and moving the rest on to the...well, you get the idea. The thing is that my schedule usually had some pretty wacky hours. I usually found myself doing this cleaning at 1:00 am.

Fast forward to my life now with a husband and a 3-year-old and the 1:00 am cleaning time just isn't practical anymore. What I've learned about myself is that I still prefer cleaning by myself. I don't mind everyone pitching in on the picking up part, but when it's time to start scrubbing? Well, then I want the audience gone or doing the work for me. And when it comes to laundry, just get out of my way. I do all our laundry. Jim throws in the occasional load, but I've found that I much prefer to do it myself. That way everything gets folded the way I want it folded. The things I want to air dry, get air dried, etc... When it's time to put it away though, you're on your own. Pick up your clean clothes and get them outta my way.

The other thing that really helps me clean is actually pretty embarassing. It's 100% effective though. It's just not very pretty to observe. What is it, you ask? Annoy me. I mean really. Do you very best to make me as mad as you can. This is most effective during a certain week known as PMS week. Get me really riled up, and I will scrub everything around me. There's something about the adrenalin rush associated with getting really, really mad that gets me going. I can clean everything in about half the normal time, but you really want to be very, very far away when I do.

In conclusion, I'd have to say that my craziest cleaning tip is to go on a PMS anger-fueled cleaning frenzy.

What's your craziest tip? Will you make a video and try to win a new washer and dryer or dishwasher? Let me know if you do!

I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Kenmore and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, that was like listening to myself. I too, prefer to have an empty house to get the SERIOUS work done. And if you torque me off first? Well, the baseboards will cry mercy.

And diluted Lemon Simple Green is a magic elixar....

Blogger Kiy said...

You and I do laundry the exact.same.way. Seriously. Jeff better not touch the laundry, I don't care if he doesn't have any clean drawers, he can just do without before I let him toss a load in. (Okay, I kid, I'd totally tell him to stop at Target and buy a pack - and that has happened, just don't tell my mom, okay?) One of the problems is, I hang everything. Well, except drawers and socks, and linens. Not outside, no siree. But inside on hangers. And, this house just isn't big enough for that. But, I can't help it. (A) I don't iron. Oh, I have one ... for crafts. But I don't iron shirts, pants, or anything else. So, they go from washer to dryer, about 5-7 minutes later, they go to hanger to dry. (B) Things shrink in the dryer and clothes are expensive.

Yeah, I have issues.

P.S. May I invite you over to my home and tick you off royally so that my house will be nice and clean? 'Cause, that's the only way it will get really really clean! I just do enough to get by. Oh, it's always picked up, but hauling out the mop/vacuum/etc doesn't happen as often as it should. Good thing Emi never did the whole crawl on the floor thing very long. Actually, the only room that gets regular attention is the family room - we live in there.

(The tick you off thing will just be to get my house clean, I won't really mean whatever it takes to get you cleaning. I will even bake you a pretty cake, in my nice clean kitchen!)

Gosh, talk about a novel. And I wrote about laundry (and not cleaning)! Wow, I guess I really do have pretty strong feelings about laundry.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love cleaning when nobody is here! And music, there must be music. But shoot, no crazy tips!

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