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I have mentioned several times before that I have not done housework in, oh, seven years. I've had mixed experiences with housekeepers - the one who hid the items she broke, or the one who didn't speak French, or the one who left dirty diapers in the loo. But overall I loved coming home to a clean house. I knew it would be a big adjustment to start doing it all by myself.

It was with some trepidation that I've been looking at and eventually purchasing the myriad of cleaning products and equipment available. Environmentally friendly? Organic? Scented? Non-scented? Anti-bacterial? I'd spend at least 20 minutes just examining the items in the cleaning aisle. Maybe that's why all the greeters at Wal-Mart know me. I think I'll buy a Swiffer Sweep + Vac or a carpet sweeper as an intermediary measure. Why does a purchasing a vacuum cleaner feel like a bigger indicator of adulthood than marriage?

Last night after a friend and I picked up our veggie basket of organic locally produced foods we traipsed over to Target to buy even more cleaning stuff, namely from the Real Simple line of products. I happen to like the Target design aesthetic better, and the RS items look sleek and useful. I bought the upright dustpan and broom with which I happily swept away the remains of six weeks' worth of ramen dinners. I find that cleaning is like riding a bike or roller-skating: you may be a little rusty at first, but then everything kicks in.
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On October 27th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I didn't know Targets were allowed in Arkansas. Target beats Wal-Mart in my opinion largely because there is something aesthetically appealing about their stores that WM lacks... like clean floors, items located in the same zip code as the correct shelf tag, and people who can actually help me find what I'm looking for.

As for cleaning supplies, my wife wholeheartedly agrees with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser recommendation. Hoover Vacuum Cleaners are generally the most reliable and available for your dollar, though Kenmore (Sears) has good ones too but you will pay $200-300 for a good one--don't go cheap (Dirt Devil) or you'll be sorry! Costco has the best dishwasher soap (with enzymes! Enzymes are good). Don't go nuts being environmentally friendly at first or you'll get frustrated as such products usually require more elbow grease and more $ and sometimes aren't as effective anyway. Find the nasty stuff that works the best, get used to that first, and then gradually shop green for one product at a time and see what you like.

Michael
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