Friday, January 25, 2013

Fire and Cleaning

Joseph likes to burn boxes and paper. It helps with our garbage and it is fun for him...being a boy and all. Yesterday, Travis came home while Joseph was burning. Travis was in a good mood and felt a bit silly, so, he started making little balls of gasoline soaked paper towels and they put an old ottoman (that's been getting grosser by the day on the deck, waiting for a trip to the dump) all on Joseph's little fire. Needless to say, they had a roaring bonfire going and a total blast with their dad. **please ignore the disgusting mess that is our yard. It's cold and wet out there and so I refuse to go out and clean it up. It will be beautiful again in the spring.
On to other things....CLEANING! I hate that dirty word. *snort* Seriously. I'm lazy. My husband and kids are lazy. It's the truth. We would all rather do more fun things than clean. Problem is...if we don't clean, well, then...we have many more problems. So, it being the new year and all, I'm working on goals of keeping a cleaner home. Here are a couple of thoughts and ideas that have been on my mind....
We lose socks...all...the...time! If I don't get around to folding and putting clothes away immediately, then we really lose socks. It drives me crazy! So, we went and bought a couple packs of new socks to add to our stock and I came up with this idea. The sock box. Whenever anyone takes off a pair of socks, instead of tossing them on the floor to get kicked around and lost, or into the big laundry hamper where they get lost among everything else...we now put our socks in the sock box. It's in the middle of the hallway by the bathroom/bedrooms. I know...people do this all the time. There are lingerie bags and special sock laundry bags etc. But, if I don't make a big deal out of it and make it special, the family ignores me and my attempts to separate socks from the other clothes. So far this is working out great! Once the box is full, I wash ONLY the box of socks, dry them and immediately fold and put away just the socks! I feel accomplished and the kids and hubby love actually being able to open their sock drawers and find...gasp...socks!
Okay...on to the next thing....Mr. Clean with Gain. I abso-freakin-lutely love this stuff! It works almost as well as the Mr. Clean magic eraser! Plus, it comes in a purple bottle! And smells like lavender! (sorta) I use this stuff to clean everything...every...thing! Until.........
I discovered this! OMGosh! What the heck is in this stuff? (I'll tell ya...HCL...hello!) First of all, it smells really good and clean. I have never used this stuff until just recently. I used to just throw one of those tablets in the tank and scrub the toilet every once in a while. This stuff gets all the nasty crap off the toilet bowl that I thought would never come off. (we're talking crap that CLR can't even get off) So, I was scrubbing the toilet today and some of it leaked onto the floor. We have awful floors in the bathroom. (joys of renting) I can not get the little dot indents clean, even with a brush. the spot where the Lysol toilet bowl cleaner leaked...hello! It was clean!!! So, I now admit...I squirted the entire bathroom floor with the stuff, got out my little scrub brush and a roll of paper towels and went to work. That floor looks better than when we moved in (after the professional cleaners did it)! I then went over the whole floor once with a little layer of Mr. Clean. *sigh* I don't care if you think I'm weird...I think I totally rock! So what if I scrubbed my floor with toilet bowl cleaner. I'm gonna do it to my kitchen floor next. Awesome!

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