April 26, 2010 | My Jottings
My daughter Sharon used to go to library when she was a little girl and check out the books by Heloise on household hints. She used to pronounce the author’s name “HELL-loyz,” instead of “hel-lou-EEZ,” and we had a few good chuckles over that. Years later, my friend Kathleen and I wrote a song for Sharon (“You’ll Always Be HELL-loys To Me!”) and performed it at her bridal shower. It was a great blessing to her that she still holds extremely dear to this day.
Anyway, today I’m thinking about household hints. I have a few hints myself on keeping house (even though I don’t use most of them), but I could always use new ones.
Here are a few household hints I would highly recommend:
1. Do not let paperwork pile up in your office.
2. Do not let the dogs come in the house after it rains without washing their feet in the sink.
3. Do not let your house get messy.
4. Do not just throw random things into kitchen drawers.
5. Do not eat in your car.
6. Do not cook meals.
If you follow all of the above invaluable household hints, you will definitely have time for pursuing your other interests rather than being a slave to your house. 🙂
Seriously, I will offer one household hint that can work pretty well, and then I would like you all to share a few of yours.
Household hint: get a laundry basket for every person in your house and write their name on it in small letters with a Sharpie. Keep that basket in their room and have them throw all their dirty laundry (towels included) into that basket. Assign a day of the week to do that person’s laundry. Do that person’s laundry on that day of the week. As soon as it’s washed and dried, fold that person’s laundry (unless you can coerce them to fold their own) and put it away as soon as you have folded it. I’m guessing that unless the person you’re doing laundry for is a city sewer worker or works on a Texas oilfield, you would have only one-two loads to do each day of the week. And if you don’t have seven people in your family, you would even have days when the washing machine and dryer are silent.
I haven’t always done this, but doing Foster care has helped me stick to this most of the time. It makes laundry seem manageable, and only doing one to two loads in the morning seems less daunting. There are exceptions to trying this, I know. We have family temporarily staying with us right now until they move into their lovely new house, so we all just use the washer and dryer whenever we can, which works for us. Also, if you are the Duggar family, my method would not work for you.
Now if I could only follow my own advice regarding paperwork.
What household hints do you have to share? What things do you do in your home that save time, help things run more smoothly, or give you a sense of calm and order?
Or if you have a question on how to do something more efficiently, ask your question and maybe some readers will have answers for you!
Serious and funny comments are welcome…