The Three Non-Negotiables
This is a little peek into the running of our house. More specifically, my household duties. Nathan and I have agreed on three things that should be kept up, to the exclusion of whatever else: laundry, trash, and vacuuming. Laundry because, well... business meetings are uncomfortable if you're not wearing underwear (and no, that's never happened ;o) Trash because I married a man who could put a drug-sniffing dog to shame with his olfactory skills. And vacuuming, because fresh vacuum tracks on the carpet mean clean house to my man. And yep, I vacuum everyday, alternating up and downstairs. And before you rabid housewives jump on him, Nathan chips in when needed; I'm just the primary caregiver and housekeeper, and I'd like it to stay that way. And of course, they don't always get done. But they ARE at the top of my list everyday.
So! I'm interested. Do any of you have 'non-negotiables' that make your home feel clean, whether it is or not?
Also, I'm interested in learning any and all tricks for a wonderful-smelling house. Note aforementioned olfactory skills. One I learned while showing our last house, a shameful trick that works quite well. Sprinkle vanilla flavoring on a pan, place in warm oven until house smells good, remove. House was messy when Nathan came home last night, but I did manage to do that little trick. He walked in, said, "Ah! I love coming home to a good-smelling house! You've been baking?" Smiles ;o) Sweet success!!! I would warn your family that just b/c the house SMELLS like cookies does not necessarily mean cookies are available. So, fill me in. Got any more good ideas?