A little housecleaning

>> Wednesday, August 4, 2010

While this is mainly a knitting blog there are times when a little crossover happens.  Some discussions about food and recipes, family and of course one of my more dreaded domestic duties...housecleaning.

I have mentioned my love for the flylady website.  One of her recommended daily chores is a quick wipe down of the master bathroom.  Now while I will admit to not adhering to this in the strict daily sense I have been wiping down the bathrooms on my house a couple to few times a week.  This may seem like a lot of bathroom cleaning but my bathroom, the largest, takes on average 4 minutes.  The first two minutes I am brushing my teeth while I spray down and wipe the mirror and spray and wipe party of the counter/sinks.  Then a quick swish of mouthwash while I finish the counter and spray down the toilet area.  One last minute and the toilet and floors have been given a quick wash. 

Speaking from the experience of practicing this housecleaning tip for the last six months.....when all else in life is chaotic, the house is a mess, sibling fights, whatever; walking into your sparkly clean bathroom kind of melts the rest of the chaos away.  Clean counters, mirrors, sink etc....can make all the difference at the end of a rough day. 

So back to the topic at hand namely knitting.  I needed some clean wash rags to keep stacked in the bathrooms, not to mention that I have to finish seaming a cardigan and work out some details on my whisper cardigan so in order to avoid that I cast on for these washrags.

I have a cupboard full of torn towels, and t-shirts that are my usual rags but since these rags sit out, ever at the ready for a quick clean, I wanted something a little more aestetically pleasing.

The quickest easiest pattern.  Found here on ravelry (free).  Just the kind of knit I needed while we were tooling around town shopping for a new washing machine (got one).  I chose white so that they would match anything and I can throw them in the wash with a little bleach and make sure they are really clean.  Not a terribly exciting knit but sometimes function wins over form.

Now I am off to seaming hell to finish a cardian for myself.  Hoping to have it finished to share with you all this weekend.


amy August 4, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

I've been trying to get a handle on things too. Bit by bit... I'm getting out from under. It pleases me every time I walk by a neatened surface.

I like your white cloths in the dark basket. I bet it pleases you!!

Siga August 4, 2010 at 7:38 AM  


Kristyn Knits August 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

love fly lady (probably mentioned that before)
love knitted cloths
love a clean bathroom
what a perfect post!
can't wait to see your finished cardigan.
best of days...

ColorSlut August 4, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

I once read that the best way to take control of your life is to focus on one little thing - that is do-able ... and then the rest will fall into place. Keep your bathroom focus ... it will cross over!

MadMad August 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

It's funny how people always feel the need to apologize for not blogging about knitting... but see? I think that was a great tip AND you had knitting, too! Love those cloths!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: August 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

I'm like you - as long as the bathroom and kitchen are clean - I can live with the rest! A tip I like is to rinse out the bathtub at the end of your bath.

Love your knitted washcloths! I've just finished a dishcloth that I'm very pleased with myself - LOL

Charity August 4, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Sometimes the simplest knitted items can be the most satisfying. Love those little cloths! :o)

affectioknit August 4, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

Those are so pretty! White ones are my favorite!

Thea August 5, 2010 at 5:03 AM  

Quick and adorable!

VeganCraftastic August 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

Your cloths look great, especially in the cute basket!

Renee August 5, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

great post! love your knitted wash cloths.

andi August 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

That is funny I was just thinking I need to make myself some washclothes. I love your display!

Kar August 5, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

Glad to hear you got a washer. Not sure I would have lasted that long. :) Love the wash clothes. They look like they are wonderful to touch.

Kathy August 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

I swore I wouldn't bother with knitting any until I actually needed some. After 8 years of marriage, all those gifts are starting to wear out and I finally need them. Yours look great!

Ally Johnston August 7, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

I love flylady I just always seem to fall off the routine thing. Must try harder because it really does make life simpler. Love the white dishclothes. Very chic.

Larissa August 11, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

Love your white wash cloths! I just painted most of my house and some furniture white and i just love how fresh and clean it makes everything feel. I need to start wiping down my bathroom more often - funny but i wipe down the kids bathroom nearly every day but never seem to get around to mine. i may need to start taking better care of myself - great post!

stitching under oaks August 22, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

I thought of you the other morning when I was brushing my teeth and straightening up the sink at the same time. Nothing like a clean bathroom. Love your white clothes in the basket so crisp and fresh looking.

Andi August 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

Okay Andrea..I know school is starting but we need a new post from you! :)
Although I do not mind looking at those lovely dishclothes when I visit. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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