3 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND.

Mainly I think to do things, but the things I don’t think to do I never, EVER, EVER, EVER think to do.

Like ask me when the last time I washed the inside of my dishwasher was?  It’s a thing. People do it.  I wipe the buttons.  I DO THAT!!  I GET POINTS FOR THAT!!

Let’s take eating on the other hand. I never forget to eat. I think about food all day and what I’m going to make and have for dinner. If I happen to go running all I think the entire run is what I’m going to eat when I get home.  If I didn’t have the thought of a big hamburger and krinkle cut fries in my head you’d probably find me halfway home from my run asleep in someone’s bushes.  And now that I see that last sentence I realize that if I didn’t always have a big hamburger and french fries on my mind I might not need to run.

This is a situation I need to give some more thought to.

But as I was saying. There are certain things we do automatically. Eat, make meals, vacuum, dust the things we can see. And then there are certain things we either have to make a point of doing or just don’t ever even think to do.

This weekend. You and I? We’re going to do them. And it’s going to be fun. No it’s not. But it’ll be better than licking the doorknob of a restroom stall.

So, I personally know there are a few things I never do. Wash all of my baseboards around the house (as opposed to wiping a random section of one that I can easily reach while I’m already down wiping a spill on the floor directly beside said baseboard), washing my light switches and washing my … door knobs. No licking needed.

So that’s what we’re gonna do. Plus one fun thing. And we’re going to do it all in 15 minutes.

 

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Also, maybe I’ll extend that whole “washing doorknobs” thing to washing entire doors.

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I swear to you the sun was hitting it just the right way and it’s right at cat level and … uch.  Whatever.  I’ve probably never cleaned that section of door in my life.

Also, I lied about doing the one fun thing.  I just wanted to keep your attention.  There is no fun thing.  Just the cleaning.

But when you’re cleaning to Jackson 5 you’ll see how fun it can actually be.  That playlist I’ve listed runs about 15 minutes, which if you’re flying around should be about the right amount of time to clean the baseboards, light switches and doorknobs.  Seriously.  Rampage cleaning is astonishingly effective and dare I say it, fun.

This, by the way, is official homework.  Just so you aren’t surprised by the test on Monday morning.

Have a good weekend!

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102 Comments

  1. Denise says:

    Rampage cleaning. Love it! Ugh I can relate to the cat hair on the door, bottom of kitchen cabinet in the corner by the fridge (who ever looks there?) and on my towel bottoms (the plain white “decorativedonotuse” ones of course) that show my two kitties dark hair as they rub against them daily- in case we forget who’s house it is.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Seriously Karen? Now I’m going to spend the weekend feeling guilty about NOT cleaning baseboards, light switches and door handles! Because I planned to do as little as possible this weekend.
    So take this as advance warning… I’m going to fail that test on Monday! 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Karen says:

      Well then just do the 10 minute rampage clean! You’ll pass, probably get a gold star in fact (but I don’t want to get your hopes up) PLUS you can do it Friday night before you fall asleep on the couch, thus leaving you with the entire to do nothing other than feel smug. ~ karen!

  3. A guy says:

    On the west coast for business. The clock says it’s 9, but I think it’s midnight. Having a beer in the hotel bar getting caught up on TAODS. Now wondering how long it’s been since the doorknob to my room has been cleaned. Thanks a lot.

    • Karen says:

      You’re in a hotel? The doorknob is the least of your worries buddy. If you send me your address I’ll get a hazmat suit shipped out to you stat. ~ karen!

      • A guy says:

        Between putting my luggage in the tub while I strip the bed to be sure there aren’t any creepy crawlies and being crammed into a germ infested metal tube afraid to touch anything while duelling with the guy next to me over a little bit of armrest, I’m starting to wish I had a hazmat suit.

  4. People wash the inside of their dishwashers? Doesn’t that happen every time the dishes get washed? Like, what?

    • nancy says:

      isn’t that just CRAZY? Also, I read about people cleaning the INSIDE of their WASHING MACHIne??!! In great detail. Wiping here, wiping there. Hate to scream but some things are just too odd, I don’t understand it.

    • Teri says:

      I DO wash the inside of my dishwasher! and I hardly do any other housework. but for some reason, in my dishwasher, the filter thingies in the bottom get really grungy and need to be scrubbed. And they are a wierd shape, so scrubbing them is difficult with the brushes I have, and they are too deep to get my hand in with a cloth. That grunge is sticky and yuckky and a pain to get off the filters – so when I look in the dishwasher and see the crud that has piled on top of the filter thing and pull it out to wash the random carrots – then discover the yuckky hard-to-scrub-off grunge, I go ERK and then I usually look at the rubber gasket piece that runs under and beside the door. Because guaranteed, if the filter is yuckky, that rubber gasket piece is going to be uber yuckky. And hard to clean.
      It isn’t that I am a OCD neatnick (just about the total opposite) but for some reason this is a ‘chore’ that I do. Lightswitches and baseboards and doorknobs? not so much. 😉

      • bonnie says:

        There’s a filter thingie? uh oh….

        • Teri says:

          yep. there is. and grungy stuff under the rubber gaskets….. sorry but true

          • Karen says:

            I may have to do a post on the guts of a dishwasher. I do clean my filters. And well … I clean the inside a little bit. Sometimes. Rarely. But yes, keeping the filters in the dishwasher clean is important. ~ karen!

        • Susan says:

          Haha, that was my first reaction too! There’s a filter thingy?

          • Jan in Waterdown says:

            Oh well, I have “people” for that job . . . lol.
            My dear husband has it marked on his calendar the first of every month to clean all household filters – furnace, dyson, dishwasher. And there are special dishwasher cleaning products that you run it empty on a cycle and they do an excellent job of the interior.

            • Terrafirma says:

              No need to use fancy cleaners for this. Just throw a half a cup of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher when you run a load. Cleans the inside and leaves your dishes streak free and fresh.

            • Teri says:

              By the way, I love the idea of a ‘monthly filter schedule’ for the #1 other partner of the house.
              We all (me and mine) were JUST having a conversation about some tasks that are better done monthly rather than every year or so – like recycling-runs of the things that don’t go to the curb, and bottle depot runs.
              As the ‘me’ of “me and mine” actually is both younger and fully employed trying to pay for the farm, the ‘mine’ part is realizing that this needs to be on HIS calendar. (Finally!!!)
              I will add the furnace filter (great idea) to his list.
              However, the dishwasher filter seems to be my fate, as I am, apparently, the ONLY person in this house that notices when there are pieces of broken glass and carrots on top of the filter……

      • NinaMargoJune says:

        The BEST way to clean your dishwasher is to completely empty it. Start it up for about 20 seconds, open it, throw in half a container of TANG (yes, they still make it!), then close the door and restart it. Normal cycle. Cleans great, smells good too!

        • Teri says:

          Tang? Empty Dishwasher? Neither seem to exist in my house! HA !! I have rarely but sometimes done the full-glass-measuring-cup-of-vinegar trick (put 1 cup vinegar into a 2 cup measuring glass, upright, into the otherwise empty dishwasher – run it without drying). But it is pretty rare that the DW is actually empty. usually full and clean and a counter full of things to go in…. Love the Tang idea, though. if only for the memories of the 60’s

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          Welllll husband & I were having a discussion ’bout this yesterday after the suggestion was made to use vinegar and I expressed my concerns about possible corrosive effects “down the road” on the stainless steel interior. Vinegar is a mild acetic acid and Tang has citric acid. Both will work to remove the built-up film left behind by the alkaline detergent. And Tang would definitely smell better than vinegar

  5. Mark says:

    You know, one thing that really bugs me is how that tiny crack between the light switch and the cover plate gets so filthy. Maybe it’s more obvious because mine are white. Or maybe I notice the all that grime only because it bugs me so much?

    I think that is why, 60 years or more ago, the switches and plugs were all dark brown.

    • Denise Hosner says:

      Yeah, we should spend our 15min, painting the light switches, changing out our pillowcase, and just turning on an extra rinse cycle in the dish washer!

    • Laura Bee says:

      One of the first things I did when we bought our new house was switch all the plates to brown! The house was built in the 1850s & an addition added in the 40s. Fits the feel of the home & you don’t see the dirt! Better clean them anyways. 🙂

  6. Donna says:

    I just love your posts! I look forward to reading them and they always make laugh! You are fabulous!

  7. Claudia says:

    Oh! The cat hair! My cat leaves her hair on the sofa – and her hair is a similar color so I tend to vacuum the sofa regularly to avoid sitting in a cat fur nest.
    But somehow the wall and furniture edges where she rubs her cheeks mysteriously get a “tan”. Guess I must have a “rampage” look after that at the weekend…

  8. Terri says:

    Ummmm! It Super Bowl weekend. No cleaning allowed, only eating hamburgers and fries. :). GO BRONCOS!!!!

  9. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Maybe it would be easier to just vacuum the cats…..naaa…..

    • BaconBleuCheez says:

      When I was a little girl, my dear mother taught our tiger tomcat to let her vacuum him! (With just the nozzle of a canister vac, not an upright LOL.) Took her a couple of years of slowly bringing the end of the hose closer to him, about a half a millimeter at a time until he would let her pass the nozzle back and forth over his body, about 2″ above his fur. (But don’t go near his precious tail!) He liked it so much he would even roll over so she could do the side.

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        That is so funny…I can’t imagine my Tiger letting me do that…when the vacuum is on here..every kitty runs and hides…Thanks for sharing that BaconBleuCheez…

  10. TucsonPatty says:

    Now I’m thinking something I never thought that I would think – Karen made me just a little bit excited about doing homework (sorry – bleecchhh!!) and then it all went away when she said she lied about doing something fun. I was looking forward to doing something fun without me thinking of it!! Love this post. There are so many baseboards in my house…I don’t think my back will last that long. I need a scootie stool-thing-a-ma-jiggy. I don’t lick the doorknobs, but I usually get up before I go to bed and lick the lake clean, but I’ll try to contain myself! (Anyone know that Monty Python sketch?) Love you and your posts, Karen!

    • Penny says:

      I know a trick that’ll let you clean your baseboards (they’re called skirting boards over here in the UK) and still save your back! Find an old tube sock or any fat, fuzzy old sock, a broom handle or long stick and a strong rubber band. Put the sock over one end of the stick, secure with the rubber band and walk, nay, STRIDE, regally upright around your room brandishing your Royal Sceptre of Cleanliness along your baseboards. Every once in a while raise it to remove the dust bunnies, or just whisk them onto the floor to vacuum up later.
      If needed, you could use a multi-purpose cleaner on the sock. I use low-wattage light bulbs so I dunno if my baseboards are that dirty
      Don’t work harder, find the laziest way to do anything and there’s more chance of it getting done often enough to make a difference. I take the view that my slob approach to housework serves a purpose in that my visitors leave with a nice, warm glow of superiority having seen my messy house.

  11. Jeri says:

    Fabulously funny – thanks! and NO – I won’t be cleaning my baseboards this weekend! Love ya!

  12. Mike says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts. I don’t always do the things you post, but I do enjoy reading. You are a good poster (is that what it’s called?) This post in particular has motivated (or has at least, pointed me in that direction) to consider more the things I don’t do. Too often we are consumed by what we do, and never consider what we don’t do. Too busy to think about that, I guess. Just hit the big six o, and I seem to be thinking more about that. So, thank you. Really. You have encouraged me to get busy. It probably won’t be cleaning doorknobs, though.

    • Karen says:

      Well, I really should knock you down at least a grade for not following instruction, but we’ll see. So long as you rampage clean or … something productive … this weekend, 😉 ~ karen!

  13. catt says:

    I’m older than you. There is an advantage or two to getting older. You don’t see as well. Anything as small as dust or as wispy as cat hair is no longer visable to you. When cleaning, you go for the big things and teeny things look fine (whether they are or not).

  14. MissChris SA says:

    I am sooooo glad I am playing bowls the whole weekend!
    And when I am home, I will be so exhausted from playing bowls I won’t have the energy to clean.
    I will be sure to make a list for my housekeeper though!

  15. jan says:

    nope. not gonna. Gonna take the dog to the beach and then groom him.
    I hate house work, even with good music!

  16. Rachel from Trinidad says:

    Happy Carnival! Lenten season is starting. Light switches and doorknobs are cleaned every morning in this house. Baseboards every month. Brightnest site helps me keep up with these things regularly, with alarms and other crap like that. I have ten things on my weekend list as usual, five per day helps me get them done for sure. Very good playlist but if you’re in need of new music you might want to try out the Jules Holland show for effortless sampling. And Happy Carnival and Mardi Gras from New Orleans to Venice to the Caribbean and Rio, all party people out there: safe fetes and party hard! It’s going to be crazy this year!

    • Rachel from Trinidad says:

      Well scrap my ten things, just got word I’m helping people get ready with their costumes instead, and hair and makeup. And some are now going to collect theirs! Yes this last minute! And they have All- Inclusive fetes all day to attend. Madness! Oh well it’s only one weekend out the whole year right?

      • Karen says:

        LOL. Well good luck. That’ll be fun anyway. And you can rampage costume. 😉 If you get the chance I’m sure we’d all love to see photos from a Trinidadian Carnival! You can post them on my Facebook page or email them to karen@theartofdoingstuff.com. ~ karen! p.s. You get a pass on the homework since you’re otherwise engaged in something I think is fun.

        • Rachel from Trinidad says:

          If I get any “decent” pics of Trinis jumpin’ up in the streets without the “compromising” positions, yep I’ll post em. We own a high rise apartment in Port of Spain and the view of the bands clashing in the streets from up there, wow. Since we moved, we let it out to expats and Carnival guests. By the time we get out on the streets though, everyone is already passing out on sidewalks and dragging half drunk to meet the music trucks. I just don’t have the stamina for it you know. Hot sun, drinking and dancing and loud music trucks morning till night. For 2days! You really have to train hard and get your six pack ready to look hot in your costumes. And I’m not paying $600US a costume which is the average cost to play in the winning bands. Although you can choose cheaper bands. You can check out some videos on YouTube if you want to experience it next year, but bring a side of friends to make it more memorable. Trinidad Carnival is the best rated Carnival in the West Indies because of its French history and heritage, but now celebrities visit for inspiration in music since Soca music is infectious and steel pan competitions are an experience. And since Nicki Minaj is from here, you can tell the level of sexiness of these people (except me!) so check it out! Bring your mom and your sisters. I’m sure Idris will visit next year, they all pass through one time or the other.

  17. Eileen says:

    It’s true that it’s amazing how Clean something looks until you get down there and actually see it. I use old towels cut up and wet and am astonished at how much dirt I find……when I do it, that is!!! ha

  18. Ann says:

    I am sitting here, with my coffee and looking around the house. Sorry but 15 minutes to do those 3 chores in my house is unrealistic. It would probably take me an hour to just do the baseboards. So no….not gonna do it.

    Instead I will go out and play with my dog, feed all the chickens and rabbits and then come back in and knit. Sheesh, that is probably why my house is as messy as it is. Thank goodness for a large enough house that the mess spreads itself out and doesn’t have as much impact as it would in a much smaller house.

  19. Kim C says:

    I see what you’re doing. Sure, just clean the baseboards, doorknobs, and switches…right. For me, one little baseboard sends me scrubbing up the wall, moving furniture around, which eventually leads me to wanting to change the paint colour!!
    It’s a slippery slope! I’ll see if I can stick to your plan.

    By the way, thanks for the Jackson 5 earworm, Karen! That’s all part of your genius plan, isn’t it? 😉

  20. Karol says:

    Oh, if only you were the boss of me. Nope, no cleaning baseboards or light switches or dishwashers for me. I am a certified AHA CPR instructor and one of many who will be teaching about 750 students in a day at UF. That’s Saturday. Sunday maybe I’ll make my bed.

  21. Marcia says:

    This timing thing really works! It’s how I got my kids to clean when they were old enough…I called it “beat the clock” I would set a timer for 15 minutes and everyone had to see how much they could get done before the timer went off. For some reason, nobody slacked off. Making it a game and knowing you were done in 15 minutes seemed to work…at least for my boys it did. Good music really helps too…I always have a good playlist to clean to!

  22. Monique says:

    Oh the light! Amazing what we see after a few grey days when the sun shines in..it must be this Spring like feeling because yesterday I did the fake tupperware cupboard and the cake pan etc one….I have floor plans today;)
    You cracked me up about the floorboards because it’s so true!

  23. mia pratt says:

    I love being inspired to clean! Who else but you could do that, Karen…I ask you? When the cat barfs and you have to clean that up right now, that is kind of the same as inspiration, but without the music and whole happy-to-do-it part. It lines right up with my exercise plans, too, for other ways to burn calories besides the whole Misery Diet thing, which includes viruses and loss of icky body fluids. This one I can enjoy, while envisioning a fat hamburger with fries. Which this cleaning project should easily work off with the 15 minutes of music you’ve provided. As soon as it gets light outside, I’m donning my “cleaning-yoga” outfit (with bleach splatters and worn elastic) and getting to it. Thanks for a ray of inspiration in a direction that’s pretty hard to inspire!

  24. Ev Wilcox says:

    We have had an “inside” dog or two off and on for about 40 years or so. I have often wondered if I had saved all the dog hair could I have knitted a dog? Or two? Current dog friend is a black lab/pointer mix (supposedly) with a short flat coat and she sheds more than all the others combined! She should look like a Mexican hairless, but no, she just keeps growing hair and distributing it all over the place! So I wear a lot of black and other dark colors. It is a good disguise too! My oldest son brings his Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog when he visits and his is a coat of many colors. Sigh…. But I truly love animals of all kinds so it all works out. Must mow my baseboards one of these days….

  25. Erin says:

    Cleaning the baseboards would require the trim to be done on our house, which it is not. Sigh.
    Light switches and doorknobs…I can do that.
    Making your antojitos recipe for the Super Bowl party on Sunday. Can’t wait.

  26. Karin Sorensen says:

    really ???? i was kinda looking forward to a nice quit weekend on the couch….

    gah! aright, aright… i’ll clean the danm baseboards and the lights…. yes, and the door knobs too.

    thanks for the soft soled kick in the butt. we’ve lived in our house for 2 years now come March 1st. i’ve never touched those things…

    once again you’re spot on. i love you for that among other things.

    have a great weekend.

    Karin

  27. Safetydog says:

    Love the picture of your door! Helps me not feel so bad about the grey smudges left on doors by our dogs. My mom once asked me, “Is that couch heavy to move when you vacuum behind it?” The fact that I struggle to find the correct answer to that question shows you the difference in our cleaning styles.

  28. Cathy says:

    Fan blades. Or in my case furry fan blades.
    Then there’s the underbelly of my sink strainer–(the one for the drain). It sets so slimy. I’ll tackle the baseboards in Spring when I rearrange the furniture.

    • Grammy says:

      Put the sink strainer in the dishwasher once a month or so and it will never be slimy again. I can’t tell you how many years it took me to figure that out.

  29. Sue says:

    I can do this! As long as I don’t have to go out running when I’m done . . .

  30. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Best thing we ever bought is a hand held Dyson that runs on batteries. When the 20 minute charge is done, so am I! And then I can brag that I did some housework . . . win win.

  31. Marion says:

    I have dog slober strategically placed on all of my doors! Most of the time I never notice it, but sometimes the light hits it “just right” and I get so grossed out. Guess I’ll tackle those this weekend too, along with the doorknobs!

  32. kelli says:

    UGH! BASEBOARDS! The bane of my existence! As are every other nook and cranny in my house which accumulate fur and other bits (I have a cat). Not to mention I use hairspray. So just imagine the possibilities.

  33. Debbie says:

    OK, I’m weird. I do this stuff regularly – usually a room or two a week and then starting over. I use a Swiffer on top of the doors and dust the door hinges. I dust the heater registers and the panels on the doors. I wasn’t always like this. When on my own I cleaned when I couldn’t take it anymore. I think it was a rebellion against growing up with a brother who had a zillion serious allergies. I married a fastidious husband. Not the worst habit in a husband. I’ve grown into dustlessness and now that the children are out of the house, I have more time to devote to finding dust in weird places. Left to my own devices, I would revert in a heartbeat. 🙂

  34. nancy says:

    I found this interesting. Mary Ingalls did not go blind due to Scarlet Fever. Some Drs studied this and believe: “viral meningoencephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain and the meninges, the membrane that covers the brain. In severe cases, it can cause inflammation of the optic nerve that can result in a slow and progressive loss of sight.”
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/health/mary-ingalls-blind-little-house-on-prairie/index.html

  35. Dale says:

    What a drill sergeant !! You forgot to mention the base boards are to be cleaned with a toothbrush.

    A safety point to make! When you are cleaning those light switches, spray the cleaning liquid on the cloth and then wipe the light switch plate. DO NOT spray cleaning liquid on the light switch or it may turn into a serious shock hazard!! All the home maintenance books I’ve read make this a point of emphasis.

    Happy Cleaning!!

  36. Grammy says:

    Many years ago, when I was travelling on business, my husband opened the door for the dogs to come in and a lizard followed them and promptly disappeared under a piece of furniture. Said husband counts on me to take care of the creepy crawlies in the house, so it remained there. When I got home, it had moved, and I couldn’t find it. After a week of searching, I gave up. For the next several months, I had the cleanest baseboards I’d ever seen! Then one of the dogs saw Larry doing his “sweep” and I had to rescue him and take him outside. My baseboards have only been cleaned sporadically since then, and never the whole house at once. I should go find Larry’s great-great-great-grandson in the yard and see if he wants a job.

  37. Larissa Stretton says:

    Karen,
    How’d you know I’ve been looking at those baseboards and thinking I really need to clean them, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I think I will finally do it either later today or Sunday before the game.

    Thanks for the alugh, as always!

  38. tiffany says:

    well aren’t I the teacher’s pet? must have go a sneak peak at this one ’cause they all got done yesterday. The sun was shining, my energy level was high so I went at it, got floors washed too. Today I had massage (much needed after stacking wood and cleaning both this week) so I am going to relax and enjoy the weekend knowing I will get an A on Monday!

  39. Jaclyn says:

    Sorry Karen I won’t be able to join you. I’ll be celebrating Mardi Gras! ? Maybe I’ll clean the knobs on Thursday….

  40. Jennifer says:

    That playlist works well for weeding & pruning, too! I need to add more music at the end, though – there’s a LOT of weeding & pruning around here.

  41. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    Lol, this is gonna be a fun weekend!
    We’re having a cleanup of our band room Sat am, it definitely won’t include baseboards!

    But I will do your list Karen, and do that “test” Monday, and look forward to my gold star!
    I removed the detergent drawer from my (front load here) washing machine and cleaned it yesterday, yuch! But looks amazing now!

  42. Jane S says:

    I clean when I entertain. I once read that you should entertain once a month to ensure that your house gets a good cleaning. Had a party last Sunday so I’m good for a while. My favourite quote is “It takes less time to apologize for the mess that to clean up.”

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Love your quote! I will be using it fer sure. You and I have the same philosophy about cleaning and entertaining. After the company is gone, I’m thinking I should have more to take advantage of the cleanliness before it disappears. The funny thing is, my family thinks I’m the clean one of the clan. Hah . . . fooled em!

  43. Renee says:

    a 1/2 cup of CLR in the bottom of dishwasher & run on hot – sparkle sparkle. I still have to clean the foodies out of the filter, but the rest is clean. Don’t get me started about the cat hair – I have such tumbleweeds some days.. how is there still fur left on the cat? sigh I need a cookie…..

  44. Ellen says:

    What!!!! I can’t do those chores in 15 minutes…..to easily distracted. Here is it supper time and I’ve done 2 bedrooms and I quit. You’re it!!

  45. Michelle says:

    We are having Canadian week here in AZ. So happy Canadian week! I cleaned my switches, knobs and baseboards. Sadly the floors were hideous so 15 min turned into an hour of futal hand and knee scrubbing Saltillo tile. Sadly floors still look horrible because the dunce who owned our house sealed years of dirt on the tile. Soooo after all our plans are complete we have to strip and reseal.

    Advice…. Never ever buy a house from a confirmed bachelor fireman. The horrors are endless. Btw not one smoke detector was in this house. But the Scottsdale horse property is worth the pain. I think….

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      So what the heck is “Canadian week”? Everyone sits around eating poutine and wearing toques? LOL . . . just kidding! I’m a lousy Canuck . . . never had poutine and refuse to wear any hair flattening static producing knitted hat with a pom pom on top. Hope you’re having fun whatever it is!
      Cheers from the tropics o’ Ontario, it hit 16C, that’s about (no, no we do not say aboot) 61F for the metrically challenged. Weird, very weird. But wonderful!

      • Michelle says:

        Well honestly I don’t know about Canadian week. Heard it on the news they said they are honoring all the Canadians who have bought property here. Trying to keep you all coming I guess? I think you all are too smart to buy into a place so hot I say it is training for hell. Was going to look up the festivities but have to get everything ready for our last drywall appointment tomorrow! So much for those washed but not clean looking floors and baseboards. Just glad the whole house drywall will be complete. Anyway wanted you all to know you are appreciated here in Scottsdale!

  46. Marna says:

    Funny! I am cleaning already, while getting rid of stuff. I am getting too old and not in good shape. I have no grandkids, my grown sons don’t want anything. I do clean my dishwasher now and then. I just use 1/2 cup of vinegar in a cup in the top rack, run the dishwasher and it is clean. I didn’t notice how bad some things were in the house until a couple of months ago when I had my reading glasses on while cooking and I started to really see things I missed cleaning well. I have a cat, 2 dogs and a bird, so I have an assortment of pet stuff to clean up. Music does make things a bit more fun. 🙂

  47. Jennifer says:

    Karen you should try a Norwex Enviro cloth you’ll never stop cleaning…just got one from a friend the best thing ever.

  48. Marta says:

    Shoot. That means I’ll have to install the baseboards I removed when I painted the room 13 years ago. Do you have a longer playlist please?

  49. Susan Hollier says:

    So instead of cleaning these items I am painting the new baseboards, replacing light switches and recepticles with new white ones and upgrading my door knob in my almost but not quite finished master bedroom. Maybe next weekend I can get to the rest of the house that has notably deteriorated to a complete state of squalor whilst I renovate upstairs.

  50. Darla says:

    Doorknobs and light switches maybe. Baseboards? Hmmm…they were freshly painted two years ago. Are you sure they aren’t fine for a couple more years?

  51. cheryl says:

    rampage house cleaning sounds like it should go hand in hand with ‘guerilla gardening’…and i LOVE that! will do my 15 minutes …cheers karen

  52. Laura Bee says:

    ok ok ok – fine.
    Earth Wind & Fire is my go to music for cleaning. I could just keep Mighty Mighty on repeat all morning & be happy 🙂

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