by Texas Homesteader ~
Life is busy & days seem so crammed that many people struggle to keep a tidy house. But maybe there’s an easier way. We can learn to clean like grandma did.
I’m nowhere the housekeeper grandma was, but here are a few things we do here on our Homestead that grandma would surely approve of…
Even with today’s fast-paced lifestyle we can all learn a thing or two about cleaning from grandma.
Here are a few tips grandma surely kept in her cleaning arsenals to keep a tidy home.
A Tidy Bedroom, A Place Of Tranquility
It’s said that your bedroom is supposed to provide a feeling of peace & tranquility. It’s the place you come to rest, to sleep, to rejuvenate.
I’ve read that a tidy bed with all linens straightened will bring calm when you enter the room. A calm that helps to relax you in preparation for a good night’s sleep.
Oh how I wanted to be one of those “Make The Bed Every Day” kind of people. But it seemed I just never had the time to make the bed.
How Long It Actually Takes To Make The Bed
I was a young mom with two active kids to try to get fed & dressed for school while I tried to squeeze in enough time to dress myself for work. Before I knew it each morning, time flew & it was time for us to leave.
With a sigh I glanced at my (yet again) unmade bed. I simply didn’t have enough time to make the bed this morning (again).
But then I decided to time myself making the bed. You know, just to find out how much time it *really* takes.
And it took… TWO MINUTES!
Heck two minutes wouldn’t make a difference in my schedule. Even if I was late to work, it was only a TWO MINUTE difference. I never looked back.
My bed is now made every day and it’s true that it does make a difference in the calmness you feel when you enter your bedroom.
And when my bed is tidy, I automatically keep the rest of the bedroom tidy too. No clothes on the floor, no clutter on the dresser. Just a nice clean bedroom.
Cleaning Tip: Clean As You Go
Grandma was always cleaning as she went along her day. Dishes were placed in soapy water as she was preparing supper to speed cleanup afterward.
Laundry was folded and put away when it came off the line. And before she went to bed each night she did a quick glance through the house picking up newspapers or empty cups.
Delayed Cleaning Means MORE Cleaning!
In my younger days I was so busy I’d let things slide during the week. Instead I’d do all my house cleaning on weekends.
But it’s true that clutter attracts more clutter. Waiting to clean the house all at one time is bound to result in MORE cleaning.
The more you can pick up throughout the day, the less likely it is that extra clutter will accumulate as well.
Oh and as a (huge) added bonus – your entire Saturday won’t be consumed with catching up on housecleaning.
Why Has Cleaning Become Complicated?
There are several old-time tried & true cleaning methods I use in our home.
The most important is the belief that there doesn’t have to be a specialty product purchased to clean each & every different kind of surface.
I wonder why we’ve complicated cleaning these days?
Effective Cleaning Using Spray Bottle And Soap/Water
I have a repurposed spray bottle that I’ve mixed about a cup of grease-cutting dish soap & filed the rest with water.
This soapy water cleans pretty much anything I need it to: counter tops, floors, sinks.
But it really shines when I’m trying to wash a single dish.
It seems even a tiny squirt of soap is still way too much for a single dish. The soap/water mixture means I don’t have to try to squirt a tiny amount of dish soap, clean that one dish & then rinse & rinse. (and RINSE!)
Instead I simply wet the dish, spray the surface with my soapy water and use a wet rag or a Home-Grown Luffa Scrubby to thoroughly clean inside & out & rinse. Done!
Baking Soda Is A Safe Non-Toxic Scrubbing Powder
For extra scrubbing power I keep a small container of baking soda in my cleaning arsenal too.
When I need a little extra scrubbability I sprinkle baking soda on it. I’ve found it works great!
Oh and it’s non-toxic and super cheap too. Those will always be a winning combination in our home and for our budget!
Cleaning Windows or Mirrors With Newspaper
Lastly I have a small spray bottle of diluted vinegar in my cleaning supplies. My 50/50 diluted vinegar spray bottle and some crumbled up newspapers make my windows and mirrors shine!
Once again – cheap and non-toxic.
Aaaahhhh – I’m seeing a pattern here!
Infusing Vinegar With Citrus For Cleaning
RancherMan doesn’t care for the scent of vinegar. At all!
So oftentimes I’ll infuse plain white vinegar with citrus peels to give it a delightful orangy scent.
I find that the citrus aroma doesn’t linger in the infused vinegar for the long term. But I typically have orange peels to ramp up the scent from time to time.
Find Your Clean-House Balance
Grandma kept her home immaculately clean. I’m not the homemaker grandma was and I deal with different cleaning challenges.
Living off a dirt road here at our beloved Homestead means constant dust, and dust bunnies too.
And wood-floor cleaning is a constant, especially with the tiny pieces of grass that comes in on the pup’s feet.
So we do the best we can to keep on top of that. But sometimes it feels like a losing battle. However we’ve struck a happy clean-home balance.
Our home is almost always tidy: The bed is always made, the supper dishes are always done, and counter-top clutter, junk mail, etc is tackled throughout the day.
Your happy balance will probably look different than ours. But using these simple tips it will be easier to find that balance for you & your family.
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