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How to Clean Without Really Cleaning

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How to Clean Without Really Cleaning

By Noah Garfinkel, Networx

Sometimes you’ll just be sitting in your house, completely unaware of your surroundings. You’ll be vaguely aware that there are walls around you and a couch beneath you, but details beyond their mere existence are of no concern. You might be watching your lights flicker, but you’re certainly not considering calling a NYC electrician. Then, out of nowhere, a friend will call and say he or she is dropping by. Suddenly the Triscuit crumbs on your coffee table come into focus. The month of un-swept floor dust becomes blaringly noticeable. You have to clean up. But, let’s face it, you’re not really going to clean up. You don’t like your friend that much. What’s going to happen is that you’re going to halfway clean. You’re going to clean without really cleaning.

First you’ll start with the coffee table crumbs. You’re not going to get out the Pledge though. You don’t even have Pledge. If you were the kind of person who had Pledge regularly in stock, you’d probably be the kind of person who didn’t regularly have crumbs everywhere. What you’re going to do is take a damp paper towel and quickly run it over the table surface. But, you won’t worry about cupping your hand beneath the edge and sliding the crumbs into your palm. Why not? Because you’re about to sweep the floor anyway.

Well, you’re not really going to sweep. Your broom is saturated with dust bunnies and you don’t feel like pulling them off the bristles with your hands. So, you’re just going to Swiffer. But you’re not really going to Swiffer either because you broke the stick/handle part last month when you tried to cram it into that weird skinny cabinet in your kitchen. Luckily, you still have two Swiffer pads left, and what you’ll do is put them on the floor, step on them, and slide them across your living room under your feet. They’ll take care of the crumbs you swept off the coffee table onto the floor.

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11:35AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Does anybody like ironing?
I hate it! Especially when it's hot!
A quick way? I bend the clothes and sit on it. Done!

11:53AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

or you could just actually clean on a regular basis and put 15 mins aside ech day to pick up. if it helps, pretend your in laws are on their way

6:18PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

If you don't want to clean at all when unexpected visitors call, put king-size "Get Well" card on top of that pile on the coffee table. Friend will think you've been ill and won't even notice the mess.

6:18PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

If you don't want to clean at all when unexpected visitors call, put king-size "Get Well" card on top of that pile on the coffee table. Friend will think you've been ill and won't even notice the mess.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Intriguing. Usually my place is fairly clean, neat, lots of knicknacks, tons of plants, one 16 year old blind cat that owns me and would toss me off the balcony if I opened a bottle of stinky bleach to pour down the sink. She allows me to put water and vinegar into a pot, bring it to a boil and add a cinnamon stick and cloves and a bit of dried orange peel.

7:43AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

funny and sadly so true. real friends know what a slob you are anyway, no use trying to impress now.

1:19AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

It's amazing that people insist on using harsh sprays to do something as trivial as wiping crumbs from a coffee table. Water and a cloth is all that's needed the majority of the time.

I heard an interesting story the other day. This person, let's called him John, said he doesn't clean his house very often. But when he does clean, he likes to use bleach as to him it "smells clean". To John, I say this; if you want a clean house, keep it clean!

8:30PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Um, no. You clean until there isn't any dirt/mess. None of this half-a**ed stuff.

5:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

I hate clutter, and I think it is much easier to keep a clean , tidy home, if you keep on top of the work each day. NEVER WAIT until it is really dirty!!! What a horrid way to live. I can't relax if I am sitting seeing jobs that need doing. I must admit itis harder when children are young, and you are out at work, though.

11:04AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

:)

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