Anyone who knows me well, will know that this post is not really about cleaning. Cleaning is not something I spend a whole lot of time on. I have been fortunate to marry a person whose dirt tolerance is lower than mine, so, while I will ignore the sticky spot on the floor for quite awhile, the husband cannot. Mostly, when people ask me how I have time to knit, quilt, bake, teach school, etc., I tell them that I rarely clean. And it is mostly true.
Now, please do not misunderstand me. I would not consider my house really dirty and I think most of my friends who come here would agree with me (just don’t look too closely at the corners!). There are a few strategies I have implemented over the years to minimize the amount of cleaning that needs to be done.
Firstly, a place looks much more dirty when it is cluttered. Yes, we have lots of books, blankets, toys, and crafty bits floating around the house, but they are all in fairly neat piles. Orderliness goes a long way toward giving an impression of cleanliness.
Secondly, we keep our floors as clear of stuff as we possibly can. A large(ish) expanse of clear flooring also helps to create an illusion of clean. It helps also if your carpet or flooring is brownish and splotchy (or stripey) so that real dirt gets camouflaged.
Thirdly, we live in a small house. This forces us to go through our stuff regularly and get rid of things we no longer need. If something comes in the house (besides food), this generally means that something else has to leave the house for good.
Fourthly, I try to remember than no one ever wishes at the end of their lives that they had spent more time cleaning their house. Doing what you love, with people you love is more important than a clean house.
All this helps us to keep our house fairly tidy and efficient. And it allows me to clean less and get more work done on what I like to do.
Like bake more bread.
And quilting this quilt.
Oh my. I realized last week when I got it out of storage that I had made this quilt top 12 years ago when the husband was in grad school. The last time I worked on it was last summer when I took it up to a friend’s house. I am a little more than halfway done on the quilting and would really love to be finished with it. I am thinking that I will finish hand quilting the blocks in the center and then machine quilt the border. Do you think that will look strange? I don’t know. I have this sinking feeling that it’s going to go back into storage unless I find a groove with it. Maybe an audio book will do the trick?