Do you consider housework a necessary evil? I do. Especially the chores that are downright disgusting. In addition to all the usual suspects--taking the garbage out, scooping the litter box, cleaning the toilet--there's one task that always seriously grossed me out...until I thought of a better way to do it, and using a tool you might not think of in the kitchen.
One chore I hate to do--and a chore that usually needs to be done
multiple times a day--is cleaning crumbs off the kitchen table. Growing
up, I learned that the proper way to clean a table or kitchen counter is
to use a damp washcloth to sweep all the food detritus to the edge and
then into my open palm, which I would then dump out in the sink or over
the garbage. I did it that way for years because I thought it was the
only way, and every single time I kind of gagged at all those little
mystery bits of food jumbled together in my bare hand all moist and...*gak*. I was basically using my palm as a dustpan, which is pretty nasty. Just thinking about it squicks me right out.
Then one day I had an epiphany. If I wipe the table crumbs off onto
the floor, I can then just vacuum everything up in one fell swoop. (I
could also sweep it up with a broom, but since we store our vacuum in
the kitchen anyway, it's just as easy to grab the tool I know will do a
better job.) Yes, it takes a little longer to vacuum the kitchen floor
than it does to just wipe off the table, but since I need to clean the floors
anyway (messy preschooler + crawling baby + cats who can't eat their
cat food without spilling half of it out of the bowl), it actually makes
more sense to do it this way. A few extra minutes is worth a cleaner house and NOT having to wipe table crumbs into my hand.
I always thought kitchen floors were under the jurisdiction of brooms and mops, but now I know better. Do you vacuum in your kitchen?