the way it looks reflects on me. I was made to clean house from an early age. I had two younger brothers and my mam always worked part time here and there, so I had to help out. Plus I went to stay at my nana's a lot, and she made me do jobs, as she had a part time job, plus she ran a Bed and Breakfast.
I have to admit, I have let my cleaning standards slip over the years, but growing up and when we lived in England we did certain jobs on certain days. I always remember Tuesdays being the day when you cleaned upstairs. When I say cleaned upstairs I mean change the beds, hoover and dust right through. That included taking a small hand brush and brushing down all the skirting boards/base boards. I don't think we cleaned the windows every week, but every other week.
We all did a spring and back end cleaning, where in the Spring we put up the Summer curtains, and then in the Fall we put up the winter curtains. All the walls were washed down, as was all the woodwork, the baseboards and the doors etc.
I'll tell you now I don't remember the last time I did a Spring clean. I wash the drapes when they need washing. I don't have summer and winter drapes, mine are year round ones. I do still use a duster and pledge furniture polish, but use those swiffer dusters as well.
I have not been as thorough with my window cleaning as I was, especially on the outside windows, as we have had so much rain this past month, so I know I was wasting my time. Cleaning the outside windows is such a pain, as I can't reach them other than using a huge ladder. I do have that outside Windex, that you attach to the hose, but find that it leaves the windows spotty.
We never had big gardens when we were growing up, so I never really got into gardening until we had our own house. We do though like a nicely cut lawn, so I guess that is the British in us. We have a lot of problems with our lawn, but slowly and surely we are tackling each problem.
Dh was saying the other day, our house is our biggest investment, and if we don't look after it, we may as well be throwing money down the drain.
Our house is also my oasis. Its where I relax, where I feel safe, where I feel warm.
So the house may not be perfect but its comfortable and its ours...........