make your bed | secrets of a southern lady, part two

Y’all!  I have internet!  I have mostly rejoined the 21st century.  Well, as much as I can anyway.  I think I’ll forever be behind the power curve of technology.   I’m okay with that.  Anyway, I’d like to seriously apologize for being MIA about a month longer than I had planned.  My bad.  But I’m back now!  And am madly trying to figure out how to get caught up on everything. I figured what better way to start than with the much-belated second installment of things my mother taught me. Find out more about the project here.

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This month’s topic is housekeeping.

 Whew!  If that’s not a chore, I don’t know what is.  No pun intended.

Mama is a fantastic housekeeper and it was one of her little housekeeping tips that actually inspired this project.  Here are 10 things, in no particular order that my mama taught me about keeping house.

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10.  Even if it wasn’t meant to be cleaning tool, it is now.  I was having the hardest time trying to get a ring out of my toilet and had exhausted all methods I could find so I called the one person who can fix anything: my mom.  I’m not sure why I didn’t just call her first because obviously she sorted it out in under 15.2 seconds.  I suppose I was trying to be grown-up or something, I don’t know.  Anyway, she promptly told me to use a pumice stone (like the kind you use on your feet for pedicures) and it scrubs right off with no damage to the porcelain.  Well what do you, it worked!  I seriously should have just called her first.

9. Make your bed.  As kids (and teenagers, and adults), we weren’t allowed to leave our rooms until our beds were made.  Something about a made bed makes you more productive and gets your day off to a great start.  A hard-core Admiral just said the same thing. (His whole speech is definitely worth watching – find it here)  Mama was just way ahead of her time.

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8.  Iron EVERYTHING. In her words: “It makes everything look crisper and sharper and feels invigorating. Promotes energy, not laziness.”  If you know my mama, you know that lady is definitely NOT about laziness.  Mama loves ironing.  She irons everything: t-shirts, pillowcases, dishtowels.  She even taught a home-ec class on how to iron.  She serious about ironing.  But she’s right – it is nice to lay your head on a nice, crisp pillowcase.

7. Make cleaning accessible.  Put a complete set of cleaning supplies in every bathroom. This saves trips back and forth and allows guests to clean up after themselves.  (Well, guests who love cleaning like my mother) Include things like a cleaning rag, cleanser, paper towels, glass cleaner, and toilet bowl cleaner/toilet brush, rubber/disposable gloves.  If you keep paper towels on a nice holder on the bathroom cabinet, you are more likely to wipe out the sink and polish the fixtures at the end of each use.

6. Clean as you go. If you drop something, clean it up right then.  If you have a meal, do the dishes right then.  Clean the tub after each use. Wipe down shower doors and shower, sink, tub fixtures after each use in order to avoid permanent water spotting.  This way, your fixtures will always look new and sparkly.

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5. Fake it ’til you make it.  If you don’t have time to clean and are in a pinch, run a few strokes across high-traffic areas with the vacuum and clean all of the dishes in/around the sink. This will still give a clean feeling to the family and guests.

4. Don’t walk away.  Never walk past clutter empty handed.  Always pick up something to put away as you walk by – if you’re going upstairs, take something with you.  If you’re going to the playroom, take a toy.  You’ll be amazed at how easy that is to keep the house pucked up that way.

3. Get a feather duster. When you don’t gave time to dust, it’s an easy fix.  Same can be said for a swiffer or chlorox wipes.

2.  Delegate.  Keep Spray N Wash next to the laundry hamper so husbands and kids can pre-spray their own stains.  Have designated bins for “stuff”.  Husband’s tools and my stuff wind up everywhere if there’s not an area set aside to empty pockets, etc.  Each person takes care of their own bins and it cuts down on the amount of ridiculous things lying around.

1. Use some elbow grease.  When we were doing chores growing up, we would clean and clean and clean and excitedly call Mama in to inspect our work.  I don’t think I ever passed the test.  Mama could always find something and could always get it cleaner – just from sheer brute force.  She’ll work on a stain for hours until it’s gone, rather than give up on the task.  I just buy new things or chalk up my carpet as ruined.  Not Mama.  I have a lot to learn.

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Add links to your mother stories below! Just click on the little button below and you’ll be taken to the Inlinkz website which will walk you through the process – I’d love to “meet” your mama!  You have until June 9th to post here.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to send me an e-mail at chuckandwelly@gmail.com and I’ll share your mother intro here on C&W. Or don’t and just read about my mama.  I’m flexible like that.

Over the next few months I, and and hopefully you, too, will be writing about our mothers and a sharing a few of the tidbits we’ve learned from them over the years.  My mama is a southern one, thus the name of this adventure, but all mamas are definitely invited!  Find out more about the project here.  I’d really, really love to hear from y’all, too!   At the bottom of this post, you’ll find info to add a link to your blog post or just send me an e-mail.

Next month’s topic is:

 july :: manners My mom put me through her own version of charm school for my whole life. It was great and I’m forever grateful that she was/is a stickler for manners. What manners were important to your mom and how did she teach them to you?

We’ll be posting on July 10th (fo’ real this time) so get ready!

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2 thoughts on “make your bed | secrets of a southern lady, part two

  1. Hahaha! This is great, hon. Looks like I’m even ironing the dirt in that tractor pic! LOL! In case your readers have some doubts, these things are all true and are now passed on to a 3rd generation. Credit for the pumice stone toilet cleaning and the shoelace bleaching goes to Gran who taught me those tricks. All other credits go to Noni, who was fastidious in housekeeping for the sake of providing a place of refuge for her family and guests! May we all develop the servant’s hearts of my parents! 🙂 Carry on with joy! 🙂 Love, Mom

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