You want a floor so clean you could eat off it, yet you can't remember the last time you had the time to do some deep down real cleaning. In fact, sometimes you don't have time at all ... so when I saw this headline on iVillage: 10 things you can quit cleaning right now, I had to stop and read it. After all (as you can probably tell), I love having a clean house, but I wouldn't mind being able to cut a few things out of my routine either.
Many of the solutions are devoted to disposing of items instead of cleaning them, so after reading it I was slightly disappointed (and who washes their soccer balls anyway?) I used to be a big fan of tossing versus washing, and I'm still very tempted by the idea, but then again I feel guilty about creating more waste. Take a look at these 10 ideas (from the article) and tell me what you think.
- Sneakers: Just buy dark-colored ones and wear them until they fall apart.
- Grill grate: When you're done grilling, leave the grill going. Close the cover over the grate and let any residue cook off for 15 minutes. Throw that wire brush away.
- Soccer balls: Everybody expects them to be marred and mud splotched. Think of it as a badge of honor.
- Shower curtain liner: They're cheap. Throw your mildewed liner out and buy a new one every six months.
- Pillow: A washed pillow takes hours to dry. Throw it out and buy a new one every six to eight months.
- Stove drip pans: Use your grungy ones for everyday cooking, and keep a shiny new set to use when guests come.
- Ventilation ducts: Despite the advertising, regular professional duct cleaning is unnecessary.
- Fireplace walls: Everybody expects a fireplace to have blackened walls. And you'll breathe even easier if you give up fires altogether.
- Waxing the car: The newer finishes are so tough that cars don't need it anymore.
- Making the bed: Give it up -- doctor's orders. This one I have to disagree with ... there's nothing better than crawling into a bed that's made ... especially after a very hard day.