For the past six months or so, I’ve been too busy at work (and too tired in the evenings) to properly clean house. Combine this with the effects of Hurricane Ike and a week of sleeping on the couch (to babysit the generator) and you end up with quite a bit of clutter.
I’ve been taking trash out, doing laundry, and so forth – I’m just talking about vacuuming, properly dusting, and things like that. I also seemed to have acquired quite a collection of Amazon.com boxes and computer parts on the dining room table that needed to be put in their proper place, and a pile of extension cords that need to be hung up in the garage.
Fortunately it was nothing that a couple hours of work and some trash bags and elbow grease couldn’t solve, and our home once again looks good enough that I can invite people over without apologizing for the mess.
A few years ago I acquired a book that really dove into the concept of “housekeeping”, Cheryl Mendelson’s Home Comforts : The Art and Science of Keeping House. The best way I can describe it is “cleaning porn” – almost like Alton Brown Does Housework.
The author recently came out with another book, Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens. It’s really interesting, but I’m a guy. My method of doing laundry remains “put in washer, throw in a scoop of Tide, set dials, come back in half an hour.”
Now that the house is clean, I need to stay on top of things and keep it that way. If I get overwhelmed with work, I may just hire a home cleaning service to come in once a week from now on.