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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Wipe, dust, sweep, soak,mop, polish, vacuum.. or: the Rules of Cleaning

Hello there.

Let me start with a definition of the subject of our discussion: "Housekeeping is the care and control of property, ensuring it's maintenance, proper use and appearance".
With knowing this, there's s somewhat eery feeling of a woman stuck in the house, doing piles and piles of laundry, washing countless dishes, carrying the broom with her almost all the time.. and (for some reason, yet un-explained) having messy hair and sloppy overall look. The truth is far from it - we are all, in a way "housekeepers"; because we all KEEP our homes. Now: some do it less often, with less care & less enthusiasm, and some are diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive disorder (for more info on that, please, read THIS article)

For most of us, regular day-to-day cleaning and caring tasks are.. a golden middle. Many of us have full time jobs, and it is ever so true what the old folks used to say "So much to do, and so little time to do it"; especially when we get back home all tired and "worn out" and there's laundry to be done and dust to be swiped. 

Back in September 1st 1912 the "Rules for cleaning" was published, with intention to guide the housekeeper in this routine. The purpose of these rules is to give directions for various household processes in a form that may aid the housekeeper in systematizing her own work and the work of those who are assisting her.

The booklet states that in every house
there should be a cupboard or a closet set aside
for cleaning purposes, because:
"...a place for everything and everything in its place"  :)


Let's now take a closer look:

Side note:
"Washing soda" is made by putting your regular baking soda
in the pan and baking it in your oven for 45 minutes at 200°C (400F)


There's an addition to this periodical:

 I strongly advise you to first read the paper,
then go back here and (why not?!) fill this form out.

Gosh, it would be wonderful if you'd mail me the answers. :)


  1. Wow, those are some seriously detailed and in-depth instructions. I actually love housekeeping for the most part, but I don't profess to follow a regimented routine of keeping dust and grim at bay. A spot of cleaning most days and a thorough tidying up once every week or two, plus spring and/or autumn cleaning, is usually all I need - thankfully!!!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Hello.

      To tell you the truth, hardly ANYONE could follow these rules. It all takes so much time, that would pretty much "consume" your entire day.