Monday, May 18, 2009

How Clean is Clean Enough?

When my head hit the pillow last night at around 1 a.m. my last thought was that yet another day had passed without changing the sheets.

It's a dirty secret. I don't remember the last time I changed the sheets on my bed.

In my new Bible "How to Clean Practically Anything," the authors write that "frequent, systematic light cleaning has advantages over periodic upheaval."

Their suggestion: Make a list of all tasks that need to be done during the year and group them under frequency headings -- daily, weekly, monthly, semiannually, and annually. Sounds reasonable enough in theory.

I understand the rationale behind doing dishes daily, but cleaning under and behind furniture weekly? Now that seems a bit excessive. I sort of like leaving the dust bunnies alone long enough so that they grow big enough for my kids to consider them pets.

Strangely, there is nothing in the Consumer Reports schedule about changing sheets. Perhaps they mistakenly assume that people have an innate instinct for knowing when it should be done.

Apparently, I'm not the only one wondering about this. A few years ago, a survey found that the majority of people change their sheets anywhere from once a week to once a month.

How often do you change your sheets?

Most domestic experts recommend changing the sheets at least every two weeks. So, in other words, I've still got some time.

Tomorrow, I will draw up the master plan. Doesn't that sound ominous?


Dori said...

every two weeks for me, but that's only cuz I hire someone to do it.

The other good thing about dust bunnies is, they require no visits to the vet-SCORE!

Muffy Sainte-Marie said...

i have come up with a new strategy that i am finding quite rewarding and i think might be a good first step to more organization/cleanliness.
i have started scrubbing my toilet every other day (sounds weird i know) - right after i have my morning pee! i got some very nice-smelling organic/natural spray cleaner and i just spray it all in, scrub it up, and voila. i start my day with a small feeling of satisfaction and pride. it feels good. today i took it a step further and gave myself 5 minutes to organize my desk. baby steps...

Undomesticated Me said...

yes, it's all about satisfaction and pride for me! and a nice smelling toilet doesn't hurt!