HG: Annie Payne Column April 11, 2009

What kind of housekeeper are you?

photo of Annie Payne as a Domestic Diva. ANNIE PAYNE/Special to the Sentinel



If you answered mostly A, you are a: Domestic Diva

There’s not a mess that you can’t handle. No stain goes untreated. No pillow goes unfluffed. You are the type of housekeeper who others envy. You make it look so easy.
As much as your cleanliness is to be commended, don’t forget the reason you do it: You do it for the benefit of the people that live and visit there.
Ditch the plastic covering on the furniture. Take time off from dusting the back of switch plates to spend some more with the ones you love. You’ll never see a gravestone that reads, “I wish my house were cleaner.”
If you answered mostly B, you are a: Middle of the Road Molly

Congratulations! You are average! You understand the importance of keeping a tidy home, but you don’t let it run your life.
Your house is clean, when it needs to be. You like an orderly home, but won’t sacrifice time with family or friends to do it.
Perhaps, now, it might be time to step up your game. Asking for more help and setting regular routines will help you have more order in your home.
Be proactive when it comes to cleaning your house, focus on maintaining instead of waiting to clean until it’s messy again. This will help you to avoid the mad dash of pick up and put away when friends phone to say they are five minutes away.
If you answered mostly C, you are a: Lazy Lady of Leisure

Girl, youz got some ’splaining to do! Oprah isn’t going to come to your rescue. You’ve got to dig yourself out of this one.
Your house didn’t get that way overnight. It’s going to take some time to get it in order.
Start with small steps. If you can’t tackle a whole room, start with the flat surfaces such as countertops or tabletops.
Purge all the garbage, sort what is left, and then assign it a home.
Enlist the help of others in the household. It didn’t get messy on its own, and it won’t get cleaned on its own, so work together to create and maintain a well-kept home.
A messy home not only drains your energy, but it could also make you sick. You very well could end up with a gravestone that reads, “I wish my house were cleaner.”


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