Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When It Rains It Pours

As I pulled out the mop yesterday, I did it dreadfully.  I had been sick for over a week and the floors had been neglected accordingly.  It's not the cleaning of the dirty floors that I dreaded though, it was the fact that I knew...as every mother does...that cleaning floors only makes them dirtier.

Washing floors is kinda like washing your car.  It pretty much guarantees that it will soon begin to rain.  After you wash your car, it will rain water from clouds in the sky.  After you wash your floor, it will rain milk, juice, soda, and pretty much anything except water, from various little people living in your house.   This phenomena is proportional too.  The deeper the clean, the stickier the rain.

This was in the back of my mind yesterday as I started cleaning, but I just couldn't stand the fingerprints and marks on the walls any longer so I crossed my fingers and scrubbed them off.  When I tucked the kids in last night and all the floors were still clean, I was tempted to think that maybe I had beaten the system.  But alas, gravity was just laying in wait for a more opportune food item.

I offer this for proof of my theory that cleaning floors only makes them dirtier: This morning Ethan dropped an applesauce cup.  It didn't just splatter across the floor and onto the baseboards, but you guessed it, all across the wall too.


  1. That sounds like the best reason I can think of for not mopping the floor. Stays a lot cleaner if you don't mop the floor, don't vacuum the van, don't wash the clothes, don't scrub the dishes.

    Take the dishes for instance. Let's say you have 25 glasses in your cupboard. If they are all cleaned and put away before you go to bed all 25 are pretty much guaranteed to be dirty before breakfast. If you clean them again they will be dirty before mid afternoon. You clean them again and they will all be used again before you have to wash them again before going to bed. You have washed 75 glasses in one day.

    On the other hand if you only have five glasses and you do not wash them but once before going to bed you have only washed five glasses. Better yet, just keep one communal cup around for everyone. Sounds nasty but very easy to manage and keep clean.

    I know, I know, spoken like a guy...oh well:)

  2. I know exactly what you mean! I have now given the job to Alex, and he too is finding out this phenomenon very quickly!

    Happy Birthday!