There are many things that I have recently started doing again that I never thought I would ever do once I had my own household to run. But in looking for ways to get the boys more involved in helping to keep the house clean and also trying to save as much as possible, I have started reverting back to the tools I used in my childhood and the tools that the older women in my life had trained me on.
The first tool I have to say, I truthfully had never stopped using completely — I just use it more now. The good old-fashioned broom. I know, I know, there are many cooler and more technologically advanced tools to use, but you know the broom really does it’s job pretty effectively. I also don’t need to read any directions on how to use it. Haha!
The second tool that I have recently become re-acquainted with is a good old-fashioned carpet sweeper. This is an awesome thing to have especially in a house like mine that is mostly hardwood floors with area rugs on them. The carpet sweeper does an excellent job picking up everything on the floor. It isn’t difficult or heavy to drag around, and as an added bonus even Mini-me can use it. Honestly I have been a little Tom Sawyer-ish in being able to convince both Mini-me and Bubba about how much fun it is using the carpet sweeper.
The final tool I have started using and truly loving is my clothes line. I have a perfectly good dryer in my house that I still do use, but I love my clothes line. On a good sunny day, I can wash a medium-sized load, hang it on the line, and have it dry in an hour or so. Obviously I save money by not running the dryer, but there are so many more benefits to it than that. I can get the boys outside while I’m hanging it all up which gives us all some fresh air. I also end up with some great smelling clothes. The best part though is a secret I don’t remember anyone ever sharing with me. The sun works wonders on stains. Forget the Clorox. All you have to do is hang up something with a stain and let the sun do its wonders. It is truly amazing what it can do.
New isn’t always better. It may save time, but it will generally cost you more to use it. There are also some benefits that you may be missing out on by not sticking with the tried and true of your past. So what things do you use to complete chores that no one seems to use anymore but are so effective?