Here’s what the Housewife’s Handbook tells me about how to keep the house clean:
The basis of household cleaning is the prevention of the accumulation of dirt. It includes plans for keeping out as much of it as possible, and for systematic and frequent removal of what inevitably gets into the house.
Door mats at the outer doors help to prevent tracking dirt into the house. The daily sweeping of walks and porches takes less time in the long run than cleaning up dirt after it has been tracked in.
A new door mat. That’s not cleaning, that’s shopping! Consider that one done!
But the daily sweeping of walks seems a little bit overwhelming. And I don’t just say that because I’m trying to avoid cleaning every day. Here’s the path up to the house.
That’s a lot of plants. Which means a lot of sweeping.
I’m also not sure that’s really the problem. I think this might be a bigger dirt problem:
That’s our dog playing with the dog next door. Their favorite thing: jumping in the jacuzzi to get wet, jumping in the dirt to get muddy, then running into the house.
Maybe I can teach them to wipe their paws on the new door mat?