I am in awe of those who keep an immaculate home–I will never be one of those people. It is just one of those things that try as I might just doesn’t totally mesh with my personality. Perhaps because there are about a million things I would rather be doing besides cleaning, it seems like I am always cleaning. I am just always aware of the time I am spending on something I would rather not be doing. That being said, I like living in an organized, non-gross environment so I keep working at this seemingly hopeless goal of a clean home.
I have a daily routine where I pick up the clutter, make the beds, and clean the kitchen. After that I usually try to tackle one weekly chore such as vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom. Of course, there is ALWAYS laundry and about once a month I feel caught up with that for about five minutes. But there always seem to be things I never get to and then one day I realize how long it has been since something has been cleaned when I see the complete grossness before my eyes.
I had that moment this morning when I put my hand on the back of my stove top–the part where all the knobs are. It was covered in this sticky, greasy film. I then realized that my back splash and microwave were also covered in this film. This prompted me to take a closer look at the rest of my stove top and I dared myself to lift that lid on my electric range and check out the hidden nastiness lurking underneath. Wow! Super Gross!
As embarrassed as I am that I have that kind of nastiness going unnoticed in my home, there is something more satisfying about cleaning something that is actually really dirty than something that could go a couple more weeks before anyone noticed it needed to be cleaned. (There is another insight into why my house will never be spotless!)
I started spraying in an effort to dissolve at least the top layer of filth and then I started scrubbing. I had to rinse out my sponge numerous times just so I wouldn’t just keep spreading the dinginess around. Lucky for me, Maddie took a decent nap this morning so I was able to clean the microwave, the backsplash, and the stove top without interruption. I even cleaned my utensil caddy–that alone took 10 minutes of scrubbing with bar tenders friend cleaner because it had that sticky film on it too.
I had to run to the store to buy brand new bowl things for under my burners because after doing all that scrubbing I couldn’t bear to put my old ones back on there. They are beyond hope of ever being clean again. I tried cleaning them about a year ago and the burnt stuff didn’t budge. But being cheap, I have lived with those nasty things for a year! Chris did mention about a week ago that they were pretty nasty, so that with the shiny clean stove finally motivated me to fork over the $16 for new burner bowls.
All this got me thinking that I should make a weekly top five list of the grossest areas of my house and then try to clean those things along with my weekly chores. Always an overachiever, my list started as a top 10 before I realized there was no way I could keep up that pace! So five for now.
Here are my top five—the work from today not included.
- The inside of my oven
- The door to the playroom and the back yard
- The inside of my dishwasher—well the outside too if you really want to know
- The walls in my kitchen
- The front of my kitchen cabinets
OK–so one week, five gross jobs. I am choosing to focus on the kitchen before working on the rest of the house. Hopefully at some point, I can get past gross and move on to the areas that are just annoying and disorganized or the projects that I procrastinate, but for now I am tackling the gross. Because let’s be honest, I would rather be disorganized and a procrastinator than just plain gross.
I plan to take before an after shots so you can feel better about yourselves and your much cleaner homes.