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Simple Sweeping Solutions: Part Two

downloadAll adults know that being an adult isn’t anything we had imagined as a kid. Sure, we can stay up all night if we want to, but we never want to; in fact, most of us are looking for reasons to stay up passed 8PM. It is also true that we can have ice cream for all three meals if we want to, but we don’t because we no longer have the metabolism of a child, plus just looking at ice cream makes our clothes a bit tighter. We also don’t have to go to school, but we do have to work, which is decidedly worse than school, even though we get paid to show up. We do have our own money, but it isn’t going to that American Girl doll I wanted so badly back in the day; instead I use it for really exciting stuff like my groceries and electricity. All of these things make being an adult one giant let down, but there is one thing that I absolutely hate, above all else, about being an adult: house cleaning.

Of course, house cleaning was terrible as a kid, but at least my parents sometimes threw me a couple bucks to compensate; now the only reward I get is a clean house and that typically lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the day. I hate cleaning the house. I mean, I know I technically don’t have to clean it, but the alternative of ending up on an episode of Hoarders does not appeal to me either.

Because I hate cleaning so much, I am always looking for something to make cleaning a little easier. A few years ago, I purchased the Mint, and I love it. However, the Mint does have its flaws. It is not great at corners or along edges, and I have to pick up all the chairs and stuff from the floor before I use it. So I do find myself sweeping every now and then, especially those small messes that don’t require a full floor clean.

I have a light weight broom that I can use, but I was forever struggling with the dustpan. Additionally, all the dog and cat hair was sticking to the bristles of my broom so I constantly had to stop and pull them off. After a few months of looking, I finally found something that works for me. This upright dustpan is very sturdy. I can lean on it without it collapsing on me, but it’s also lightweight, which allows me to move it around the room easily. The best part is that it has these teeth that help remove at the stuff that gets caught in the broom.

I have come to terms with the fact that I will be cleaning for the rest of my life. Although it might never be fun, it is always good when I can find a product that makes cleaning just a little easier. This dustpan will not only help keep my floors clean between using the Mint, it also saves me from wrestling on the floor with my old dustpan.

Ironing Will Never be Fun, but it Doesn’t Have to be a Struggle

ironingLike so many other children, I wanted nothing more than to grow up so I could do what I wanted when I wanted. It took about five minutes of living alone to realize that I had been foolish. Being a grown up does mean you can mostly do what you want when you want, but it also means that there is no one else around to do what needs to be done. Household chores become solely your responsibility, and they aren’t any more enjoyable as an adult.

Ironing is one chore that I avoided successfully for 28 years. If something was wrinkled, I wore something else. If I had no other options, I would sometimes throw it in the dryer hoping for the best. But most of the time, I would just put it on anyway and hope that by the time I got to where I was going the wrinkles would fall out on their own.

I was perfectly happy with this arrangement. However, when I started quilting I discovered that ironing, and more specifically pressing, was going to be necessary. My mother gave me an iron and for a while I borrowed an ironing board; but I knew that eventually I would need my own.

I also knew I would have to find something that would fit my needs. I probably had a more few requirements than the average person buying an ironing board. I wanted to be able to use it standing or sitting, I wanted to be able to put it away independently, and I wanted it to be big enough to work with my larger quilts. This over the door ironing board turned out to be just the right fit. When open, it is a good height for sitting or standing, folds up against the wall for easy storage and is 14 inches wide by 42 inches long.

I have been using this board for a few years now and it works well. The ironing board can bare a lot of weight, which is especially good since I tend to lean on things while I work; so for added stability I put a wedge under my door to minimize shifting. I will caution that because this board only attaches to the top of the door it will slide an inch or two if leaned into, This slight shifting has not caused me to fall or loose my balance, and if not an issue at all when I am sitting because I don’t lean into the board.

I still hate ironing and pressing. In fact, it is my least favorite part of quilting. I have by no means gotten any better at ironing my clothing either, but this board makes this dreaded chore a little bit less of a burden.

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