I will admit it. I’m a fairly modern girl. I am not into camping, roughing it or going without life’s little conveniences. If God didn’t want us to have Internet and running water, it would have never been invented after all. Imagine my horror that my Internet has been down all week. However, when it comes to housekeeping tips, I am all for anything that makes cleaning house easier in the twenty-first century.
I am working on dial up right now and it is very similar to what I imagine waterboarding must be like. I think we could torture war prisoners by giving them high speed Internet for a week, pointing them toward FaceBook and then taking high speed away and making them use dial up. If we promised to give them back high speed, they would start telling all kinds of secrets.
Twenty-First Century Housekeeping Tips
This made me realize how much I really rely on the Internet to keep my household running smoothly. Here are just a few of the things I use the Internet for each day:
I use an online calendar through Yahoo that actually texts me reminders about appointments, friends’ birthdays and other events. This keeps me on schedule and helps me not miss important appointments.
Since I am perpetually trying to lose a few pounds, I tend to visit sites like Spark People and Fit Day in an attempt to track my calories and to see how I’m doing on various nutritional counts. I also enjoy reading the articles and success stories.
When I’m stuck for something fresh and new to do with chicken or beef, or I have forgotten exactly how to make chocolate eclair pie, I will hop online and search out some recipes. Some times they turn out great and sometimes they don’t, but I almost always find something interesting. Have you tried browsing with dial up lately? It isn’t much fun and I quickly grew frustrated and gave up.
To Do Lists
I tend to use my note tools online to make up to do lists and check them off as I go. I’ve had to actually create manual to do lists and check them off by hand. I mean, how barbaric is that?
Entertaining the Teens
“I’m bored. Mom, I’m bored. I’m bored, Mom.” That is what my sixteen year old has said since the Internet went down. She is having major Facebook withdrawals. If we don’t get high speed back soon I fear that she may actual go into some kind of shock from lack of technology.
Numerous times throughout the day I text family and friends and get advice on any number of things, from how long to boil an egg to make it hard boiled (I can never remember) to making lunch plans.
These are just a few of the ways that I use the Internet in a given day. I haven’t even gone into the fact that I use the Internet for my writing work and when I’m on dial up that it takes me nearly four times as long to finish anything because I have to wait for pages to load.
Old Fashioned House Cleaning Secrets
There are some tried and truth methods that simply work through the ages. These are bits of housecleaning advice your grandma gave you that still work today.
- Use a toothbrush to get into corners.
- Get buildup off things with baking soda and white vinegar.
- Hot water is a must to loosen dirt and kill germs.
- Set up a cleaning schedule (fresh sheets on Friday, clean the bathrooms on Saturday, etc.).
- Assign chores to the kids to cut down on messes.
What are your favorite housecleaning tips? Do you know exactly how to get bubble gum out of the carpet?