Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


You know, whenever I talk about the effort of cleaning my house, someone has to pipe up and recommend some service called "flylady."

Apparently they send you e-mails to tell you what to do when, and (if you follow their simple instructions), your house will always be clean. Or something.

Well, during sorority rush in college I used to tell people I was going GDI (I don't think I need to tell you what that means), so I don't think flylady and I would be too good of a match.

And honestly? There IS something heady and satisfying about getting the whole thing done all at once. Much more so than doing it in little bites at a time, but still feeling that, you know, there's still DUST lurking behind the fridge. Dust that you will have to get to next week.

By Blogger fillyjonk, at 2:08 PM  

I beg to differ. I've been a fan of flylady for years, although I frequently fall off the wagon as it were.

Her big thing is getting rid of clutter and getting into habits that help you keep your home presentable. There are deep cleaning sessions too. For info got to

That said, there are times when I love to deep clean an area! Flylady works for me there too; a house becomes 5 zones, and each zone is cleaned every month. Check it out!

When I lived alone doing a deep cleaning was wonderful - no one would mess it up but me. No such luck these days!

By Anonymous diann, at 6:27 PM  

What a cute collection of creamers and pitchers! :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 8:53 PM  

Very happy birthday month! I was thinking about you, just couldn't get on over here to tell you!


By Blogger Amie, at 11:46 PM  

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Sunday, September 02, 2007  

The smart thing, of course ...

The Smart Thing would be to pick one day a month and assign to it the task of cleaning out one kitchen cabinet, one drawer, one hidden spot that the field mice fill with chewed up walnuts every December; one spot that is disgustingly dusty even if the cabinet door is shut, one spot that you abandon to its clutter,

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loosing all its contents and replacing them the next time you need a bean sprouter

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or a second gravy bowl or even just the next time you want to have breakfast on those elegant Wedgewood breafkast dishes you inheirited from MeMe's house.

That way you don't have to work till you drop all Saturday long only to realize that you will have to do the same thing on Sunday! That way, you won't have one of those Moments of Realization – that it is going to get a heckuva lot worse before it gets better. That way you won't have to stop cleaning out the Fancy Dishes cabinet because you have to find a place to store the silver stuff because you have to move the Christmas gift tins because you threw out the two old coffee pots and the electric skillet you put in the top cabinet in 1987 and haven't needed since! Anything that has been stored for 20 years can be given away. At least it's not harvest gold.

Of course, I never claimed to be smart – and perhaps Wise is the correct word – not smart. I am smart enough to know what to do, just not wise enough to do it. But I am wise enough to know that I do not want to go through the winter with such a dirty kitchen and I am more than halfway to seeing that I don't. Counting each cabinet door as a seperate cabinet, I'm 11 down with 5 to go plus 3 shelves and the top of the broom closet. But all its contents (broom closet top) are in the dishwasher as I type. They will just need to be put back.

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Hey! When is she going to put us back?
And I do have B&A pictures but I haven't loaded any photo software yet. I'll try to get that done sometime today and share.

Knitting will occur when I am, at last, cleaned up for fall.



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