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Hello, my name is Hannah and you might say that I’m quite an enthusiast when it comes to housekeeping and home management. If you’re curious about my age, let’s just say that it’s my little secret, but I will tell you that I am old enough to be a mother of two, but I’m also young enough not to be a technophobe – let’s keep it at that. To continue, I have built up quite a reputation for myself over the years for being quite the “idea woman” when it comes to housekeeping and accomplishing all sorts of odd jobs around the house quickly and efficiently. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that I’m probably more knowledgeable than your average handyman with my experience in dealing with all sorts of common household chores and problems from how to efficiently remove lint from new towels to cleaning memory foam cushion pillows properly. I’ve even dabbled in plumbing as well as simple electrical repairs around the house. To put it simply, I’m what you might call a “Jane” of all trades when it comes to housekeeping and I’d like to tell you a little bit about how I gained my vast repertoire of skills. I’m not one to brag, but as you will discover in the various articles that I have written about housekeeping and the various useful tips I offer for accomplishing all kinds of deceptively simple household tasks, I do have the skills and knowledge to back up my claims. Over the years, what I have personally noticed is that there are certain traits which I personally possessed from the beginning or which I have developed through experience, trial and error, which have eventually become quite invaluable for me as an uber meticulous housekeeper.
This is a trait/skill whose importance is often quite heavily underestimated by a majority of people. In my case, I have found that being able to get things organized and get rid of clutter before it gets out of hand is one of the most useful skills that I could ever possess with the vast array of household tools, kitchen equipment, bathroom supplies and home appliances that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Believe me when I tell you that it only takes 3 days at most for a disorganized individual to totally mess up the arrangement of everything inside a standard-sized house. Fortunately, as long as you have a good plan of action for getting everything back into proper order again, it only takes 1-2 hours at most to sort out the mess for each individual section/room in the house. Of course, you should prepare to spend at least one whole day if you plan to reorganize or rearrange everything inside your house. This is a task that I usually reserve for the holidays – such as during the holidays leading up to New Year’s Eve.
My organizational skills have also been a big help to me in dealing with unfamiliar household tasks that need to get done within a short amount of time such deciding on a new piece of furniture or appliance to buy or simply rearranging the furniture around the house to make the best use of all available space.
One thing that I have learned about accomplishing all sorts of different household tasks is that you cannot be stubborn and insist that there is only “one true way” to do things. This is a myth and only results in inefficiency and wasted time. If you want to get a lot of things done around the house as quickly and as effectively as possible, then you need to learn to be flexible.
Do you watch old Kung Fu movies? As Bruce Lee once said, “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Mr. Lee is actually describing just what being flexible is all about – being ready to make adjustments to any situation in order to overcome it. It’s a philosophy that not only works for martial arts but for all aspects of life – and it’s one that I’ve personally found useful as far as being an all-around ace housekeeper is concerned. Whether I’m solving my own little household problems or helping other people find the best ways to accomplish common household tasks, I always remember to “be like water” and make appropriate adjustments as the need arises instead of relying only on theoretical knowledge.
Getting the job done
“What’s this,” you ask? Well, it’s exactly that. I believe that this is the most important trait/skill that I have nurtured throughout the years when it comes to being a good housekeeper. It’s really all about getting the job done using anything and everything at your disposal. You need to have some degree of insight, resourcefulness and a little bit of luck to get some tough tasks out of the way, but what is most important is that you are persistent enough to get the job done instead of giving up halfway through when the going gets tough.
If you’re curious as to exactly “how Hannah gets the job done,” then stick around and read up on any of the various household tips that I’ve already written as well as the ones that I will be writing in the future for all of you.