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It’s time we got personal. Over the weekend I did some cleaning and realized I have some unusual cleaning habits. What better way to embarrass myself than by spilling my “dirty laundry” with everyone. Here are three of my cleaning methods that others may find weird (but hey! They work for me!).
First Method: The Giant Pile…
When I was younger I used to get into these “fits” where my bedroom was just no longer tolerable for me. It never really got that bad; mostly just clothing – but it would drive me bonkers. So, I’d yank everything from their place until every single surface was spotless, and then load everything up into a giant pile in the middle of the room. I would spend 3-4 hours just working through that pile. Folding clothes, hanging clothes, organizing books, etc. At the end of it all, whatever was left in the pile got tossed. It never failed I’d walk out of my room with a few garbage bags filled with things to be donated or tossed.
Denise used to poke fun at my cleaning habits, but for some reason it worked for me. Even to this day, I find working from one big pile more effective than trying to tackle a space corner by corner. I can be unusual in my cleaning habits, but I find my method to be very effective.
Second Method: Nighttime Splurges…
I do my best work at night, when I’m exhausted, and I have a big meeting the next day. Am I the only one? It never fails that when I have something important to do the next day the cleaning bug gets me. When it does – I have to say, I do my best work when I’m exhausted. Maybe it’s because I want to make sure my sleepiness isn’t causing me to miss something, so I give it extra attention. Or maybe I’m just so sleep deprived I *think* I’m doing an amazing job. Whatever it is, I don’t recommend it… although, I do tend to sleep AMAZING after all that hard work of cleaning.
Third Method: Giant Drying Rack…
I get A LOT of grief for this one, but I have a habit of using my dishwasher as a giant drying rack. I hate leaving dishes in the sink, but I don’t want to stick dirty dishes in the dishwasher and have them sit there for days while we build up enough dishes to warrant a full load, or compromise and do a tiny load. Instead of wasting the water (or stinking up the house) I always hand wash a dish immediately after it’s used and then stick it in the dishwasher to dry. It keeps my counters clutter free, the dish is clean, and my home doesn’t smell. It’s a win-win in my book.
Tell me – Do you use any of these cleaning methods?
I won’t take offense if you think my methods are bizarre. Trust me – most do. What quirks do you have when cleaning?
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