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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

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Tips on Doing Housework...

Tips on Doing Housework

Ever since the beginning of history, it has been the woman's job to sweep the cave, and dust the stalagmites.  While men have come a long way in recent times, statistics say that housework is still mainly the domain of the women.  To enlighten you on how this is best accomplished, I've developed a list of tips:

1.  Start in the kitchen and do wet cleaning first.  Wipe counter tops with warm water and cleaner with a small amount of grease solvent.  Wipe out microwave oven.  Look in refrigerator.  Ugh! Wipe off front of shelves and leave refrigerator for next time.  Ditto on oven.

2.  Now that kitchen is spotless, mop the kitchen floor.  Lemon ammonia is nice and does not leave a soap film. I meant, put a small amount of ammonia the in mop water.  Cough!  Open a door or window and let fumes out!  Be careful, as wet floors are slickkkkkkk…

3.  While you are wet anyhow, clean the tile floors in the bathroom.  Use bathroom cleaner to clean fixtures and any tile. The bathroom is the worst part of cleaning.  Get it over with.  Leave shower till later. Replace dirty towels and it will make a world of difference.

4.  Let's do the living area or den next.  All we need to do is dust with a soft, treated cloth or duster. Kerchoo!  Remember to dust lampshades, tops of doors, and accessories.  Kerchoo!  We do not need to polish furniture often as it causes wax build up.  It takes about an hour for the dust to settle after cleaning.  Kerchoo!

5.  Remove sheets from beds and put in washer. Hang up clothes and put away shoes.  Don't worry about closets.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Also, try not to look under bed.  If you see dust bunnies, it could become a major project.

6.  Use a laundry basket to pick up scattered toys or other items that are out of place throughout the house, and then return the items to the appropriate room.   We will hide them for now, however, and do this later since we are starting to become tired. 
7.  Run vacuum before you collapse entirely.  Yes, you are tired, but you have to run the vacuum!  How can you clean a house unless you vacuum?  Next time we will do that first.  But see how much better things look afterwards?

8.  Put sheets and towels in dryer and take a break.  You deserve it after all you've done.  Fix a cold drink or a cup of coffee. Relax.  Look out the window.  Read a newspaper. Do not get on the computer!

9.  I told you not to get on the computer!  Now, look what time it is and you are not half done!  Get sheets out of dryer and make up beds.  Hurry up! Resist the temptation to take a nap.  You can't be that tired!  All you did all day was a little housework!

10. Use window cleaner to wipe mirrors, TV screens, glass shower doors, and other glass surfaces.  Forget windows till another time.  You shouldn't have wasted so much time on the computer.

11.  We forgot to vacuum under the furniture cushions.  Maybe no one will notice.  Who goes around looking under cushions anyhow?  We are just doing a go-over, not heavy-duty stuff.  Don’t get obsessive-compulsive on me.

12.  Empty trash and put away cleaning supplies. Use air spray or potpourri so house will smell fresh. Now take a shower and put on fresh clothes. Uh, oh, sound asleep sitting at the computer.  You didn't even take a shower!

In addition to the modern women, this method works equally well for modern men who are bachelors or men who want to prove that they are no longer Neanderthals.  What works even better is dividing the work 50/50 or hiring a cleaning service and going out for lunch.

Copyright 2005 Sheila Moss


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