I have mentioned before that I’m a big believer in fixing what bugs you about your house. Sometimes, it’s easy to get used to just dealing with those little annoying things, but after a while, those annoying things can all bond together and create a general unease that you can’t identify.
So I try to fix the things that bug me when I realize it.
Today, I fixed two of those things.
Yesterday, I was tired (big surprise, I wake up every day feeling like I’ve pulled an all-nighter) and I lazed around a bit, until I got sick of myself and decided to really clean the first floor of the house. I was a bit stressed out about something, so this was a really good remedy for that too. I moved furniture, vacuumed baseboards, and steam cleaned the floor. And that’s when it hit me…
It drives me CRAZY that the dogs leave dirty footprints on the floor that build up until I want to tear my hair out. No matter what mat I keep by the back door, no matter how many times I wipe their feet with a towel, it inevitably happens – there’s a lot of dirt in the yard, and the little guy loves to find it. Plus, it rains a lot here.
People always suggest that taking off your shoes when you come into a house is a good way to keep the dirt outside. Yes, that’s true.
Unless you have dogs. In particular, basset hounds with huge feet.
So it occurred to me…I could put a rug down in the kitchen!
It would warm up the space (I have old insulation under the house, so the floors are cold – I know, I know, it’s something I need to fix from underneath, but I’m just not there yet) and it would show dirt less than the floor do.
Originally, my plan was to take the rug from my office to use in the kitchen. That was yet another thing bugging me that I dealt with last week – the rug in there constantly shifts and moves because it’s on top of carpet, and my desk chair always pushes it around. It drives me NUTS to be constantly fixing it, so I finally took it up.
My secondary plan for that rug is to stick it on the deck – it’s an indoor/outdoor rug. I thought I might put it in the kitchen, but I wasn’t thrilled about it not being softer. But then I was in Walmart earlier (they really do have some good things, but I was actually there to pick up dog food, since they’re the only ones that carry huge bags of Nutrish) and saw a deep red shag-type rug. I thought it would go perfectly in the black and white (and soon to be grey-walled) kitchen, so I got that along with my rubber matting and I was set.
So tonight, when my pups came in from the rainy outside, they left one paw print on the floor which I wiped up with the feet towel, and then, nothing! Problem solved.
The other issue I’ve been having is with one of my vacuums. I know, it’s ridiculous that I have more than one. I actually have four. One is a heavy duty carpet vacuum that my sister gave me when she moved into a house with a central vac – that stays upstairs because it’s too heavy to truck up and down the stairs. I also have a pet spot steam cleaner vacuum that I got after the puppy arrived, for the obvious reasons.
Downstairs, I have my steam cleaner for the floor – it was originally supposed to be the sole first floor vacuum, but the vacuum part actually doesn’t work that well, so I end up vacuuming first, then using the steam cleaner – but it’s worth it, because it also has a function to suck up the water. I love it.
And finally, the floor vacuum. This was the one bugging me – I got it three years ago when I moved in, so I guess it’s done it’s job (it was only $50 after all), and while it still does a decent job, I can’t turn it off.
Unless I unplug it, it’s just on. That gets kind of annoying.
Now, these are clearly first world problems. They’re not keeping me up at night. However, they are problems I can control, and as I said, I believe in fixing what bugs me – then I have the energy to deal with everything else. So I picked up a new vacuum today too – it’s got a lovely little carpet attachment, among others (which means I can properly clean the downstairs rugs, instead of running the floor steam vac over them), and it’s also got a smaller floor attachment that allows me to get under things like chairs and sideboards. I used to it vacuum the new rug tonight, which was shedding everywhere, and I was in love.
Now I’ve got to get motivated to clean upstairs as thoroughly as downstairs. Because the piles of things I’m stashing everywhere are really starting to bug me!
What are some of your pet peeves?