Monday, February 05, 2007

Housekeeping Meme

Aprons – Yes, I have one. It was a Mother's Day gift with the kid's handprints on it. I don't use it enough though.
Baking – What is your favorite thing to bake?- Cookies, Pumpkin bread, pie, biscuits, I love to bake them all! Still warm chocolate chip cookies and thin crunchy oatmeal cookies are my favorites.
Clothesline – Y/N? Nope
Donuts – Have you ever made them? Nope. Why, when Krispy Kreme ones are soooo good?
Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day: Pick up the toys and debris off the floor. I grew up with extreme clutter and abhor accidently stepping on things.
Freezer – Do you have one? No.
Garbage Disposal – Y/N? Oh yes.
Handbook?- I like Mother's Rule of Life.
Ironing – Love it or hate it?- I like ironing, especially for quilting, and am proud to say my ironing basket is empty!
Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it? - Yes, several, but I am in organizing mode due to the upcoming move and sale of our home. My goal for this month is to organize/clean one space each day. Yesterday was the baby's closet- check that one off.
Kitchen: Design & Decorating?- Knotted pine cabinets, Williamsburg green trim, plain counters, cute wallpaper with houses and matching tiles over the stove- overall, a subtle country look.
Love: What is your favorite part of homemaking? Sitting down on the sofa after it is finished in peace.
Mop - Y/N? Me, mop? I have a lady that comes every week to clean- she scrubs it all. I Swiffer on occasion.
Nylons - Wash by hand or in the washing machine?- washing machine, but I mostly wear tights. They last longer and keep my legs warmer during winter. For summer I don't bother.
Oven - Do you use the window, or open the door to check?- Open the door.
Pizza - What do you put on yours? Cheese. We make homemade pizza every Friday.
Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Blog, or read a book while lying on my bed.
Recipe card box - Y/N? A binder with plastic pages.
Style of house -Charming, custom built Cape Cod. (can you tell it is for sale?) 9 rooms (we added on a sun room/schoolroom). I love our house and even found plans for building one almost exactly like it for our eventual retreat in Maine. Though in the plans there is a real laundry room and not just a closet like we have now.
Tablecloths and napkins - Y/N?- Plastic placemats and paper napkins. We have lots of milk and syrup spills.
Under the kitchen sink - Organized or toxic wasteland? The only things under there are dishwasher soap, scrubbies, and empty egg containers I am saving for art class.
Vacuum - How many times per week? Four times a week in the living room and back hall. No one actually uses the front door of this house, everyone comes in the back entrance by the garage so the hall gets nasty despite a mat, throw rug, and a hall runner.
Wash - How many loads of laundry do you do a week? About 15.
X's - Do you keep a daily list of things to do and cross them off? Yes. I'm a big list maker with an ongoing grocery list and a to-do list.
Yard - Who does what? Will (8) mows the grass and I enjoy picking up pine cones, planting, pruning, and general puttering. I have a degree in this field but you wouldn't know it from the state of our yard! With 5 kids, who has time to weed and I don't have the extra $$ to do it right.
Zzz's - What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed? Putting away the laundry from my bed- I can fold and put away 3 loads in 10 minutes-it is certainly not precision folding, but who cares?


Michelle said...

I was beginning to think I was the *only* person in the blogosphere who had a maid come regularly - mine comes every Tuesday. I tag that expense as a "school" expense. She cleans so I can homeschool. I hate clutter too, and a dirty house makes me hyperventilate. After the ladies leave on Tuesday, I like to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and savor my clean house for 10 minutes...before it starts to look "lived in" again.

kat said...

Tim has promised me a real housekeeper (that comes several days a week) once we move! He says it will still cost less than Catholic school tuition for 3 kids.

I am planning to post soon about a great book I found about this very subject.