Household Management

Learning to Dust

From the archives

My little ones (5 and 3) have been finding a lot of joy in dusting
lately. Imagine my delight at hearing Michael exclaim, “Oh dear! That
piano needs dusting again!”

We ordered a great lambswool duster from Little Red Robin
http://www.littleredrobin.com/
They have lots of other great products as well!

To “teach” dusting I hid treasure- pennies- all around the living room-
be sure to count them if you have a baby so you know you have them all.
Hide them in both obvious and not-so-obvious spots. Be sure to place
some under knick-knacks and behind pictures so your child knows to move
things when dusting.
We borrowed this idea from the wonderful read-aloud book All of a Kind
Family by Sidney Taylor.

Household Management

Home Management Rhythms

Don’t forget to enter the Spring Seasons of Joy Giveaway!

I’ve read many different cleaning “programs” but none of them seem to fit our family exactly. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the rhythms and routines we have in place for keeping our home neat (OK, neat-ish– I’m not June Cleaver and I have six children including 2 pretty new twins plus a heart condition). This is what is working, mostly, for us. Your own cleaning plan will look differently.

Household Management

Washing Dishes

circa 1945:  A young girl stands on a chair by the kitchen sink, helping to dry dishes and put them in a rack. She wears an apron and holds a large dish towel.  (Photo by Ralph Hopewell Anderson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Here are some dishwashing songs and verses to keep you busy this week. I also highly recommend the book This Is the Way We Wash-a-Day by Mary Theins Schunemann, available through many Waldorf shops.

Washing Dishes Song
Knives and forks and glasses
Mugs and spoons and bowls
Brush, brush, give a scrub
And get the dishes clean.

Glasses can be breakable
So wash them carefully
Brush, brush, give a scrub
And get the dishes clean

Yet another dirty plate
Caked in baked bean sauce
Brush, brush, give a scrub
And get the dishes clean

Decluttering and Simplicity, Household Management

Spring Cleaning/Decluttering: Days 6 and 7

We took Easter Sunday and Monday off, but we’re playing catch up! Saturday was the dining room/school room/craft room/play room. No pictures yet because the table is still being used as the place to dump everything that needs dealt with. On Saturday, we tossed 24 items, found 23 things to give away and found 5 to sell.

Yesterday, I tackled our bedroom. Chip said this morning “It’s so nice to be able to walk in here without stepping on anything!” I’m not sure whether to be insulted or complemented. I think I choose to take it as a complement. Yesterday we found 67 items to toss, 123 to give away, and 35 to sell. Anyone want a complete set of Twilight books?

Decluttering and Simplicity, Household Management

Decluttering/Spring Cleaning Challenge, Day 5

This one is for real day 5. The last decluttering post says day 5 but it’s actually day 4 and for some reason WordPress will not listen to me and let me change the title. WordPress and I still do not have what I would call an amicable relationship. Sigh.

On Real Day 5 we tackled the rest of the hall closet and finally got rid of the VHS tapes. Then we got started on the bathroom. We had 47 things to toss, 40 to donate, and 0 to sell. Our total items decluttered is now 526.

Decluttering and Simplicity, Household Management, In the Kitchen

Spring Cleaning/Decluttering Challenge, Day 4

First, our updated totals (drumroll, please!)

Today we
trashed 49 items
donated or gave away 174 items (I finally let go of the cassette tapes)
will sell 2 items

That makes the total for the day 225 items, and the total for the challenge 428. That means we’re all out of the running except for Daddy and Nicholas.

The kitchen is finished! All the cabinets have been cleaned out and organized. I’ll post a few pictures of our kitchen, but want to preface it by saying how much I hate it. The faux brick linoleum is awful and we tried to paint, but the color was all wrong, and ended up never adding the trim. Sigh. Maybe this summer.