Do You Dry-Clean Your Pillows Every Six Months?

by doodaddy on August 11, 2007

I like Real Simple magazine a lot, but sometimes, it just makes me feel like a complete housework loser.


From the Real Simple “You’re an Incompetent Housekeeper Chart”

Check out this chart of chores you should be doing weekly, monthly, and yearly. (To be fair, they got it from a book called Spring Cleaning, but still, the “Real Simple” people turned it into a fancy PDF chart and everything.) Among their suggested time frames are weekly tub & shower scrubs (I wish) and a good appliance polishing every three months. And me, fresh out of appliance polish!

There are things on their list I’ve never done: “Clean the refrigerator condenser coil every six months.” Um… what?

I’m determined not to let the Martha-Simple-Unclutterer people ruin my positive outlook, though. I got a decluttering book (It’s All Too Much) — as an audio book, so that the book itself isn’t a source of more clutter — and I’m starting on a massive campaign to lighten the load.

I’m not getting a lot of buy-in, though. A couple of things the book recommends:

  • Donate any clothes you haven’t worn in a year.
    • That’s fine with Working Mom — as long as we’re talkin’ dog years.
  • Schedule a specific time for the whole family to work on the decluttering project.
    • WM is overworked already, and wants to spend every free second with Boobaby.
  • Declutter during your daily routine.
    • Boy, wouldn’t that be nice? I spend at least half of my housework time “straightening”: putting away cereal boxes, closing cabinet doors, putting bath toys back in the bath toy basket — you know, things that would be easily taken care of at the time when they were used, but in accumulation become a huge chore.

I know, I’m just supposed to tell my wife these things and everything will be better. Some people have no problem just spitting it out. I’ve tried that, a couple of times, but I just feel mean, as if I’m suggesting that she should ignore the baby while she hangs up pile of clothes she leaves on the bed. (Come to think of it, the baby would love a “hang the clothes” game… I deep-cleaned the entire bathroom the other day by giving Boo a clean rag so she could “help.” But I digress.)

So I’m left taking care of it on my own, a job I don’t actually mind all that much but — well, one I’d love a little more credit for.

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Just Powers August 12, 2007 at 10:13 am

And I was just starting to feel proud of myself for getting the dishwasher unloaded AND a load of laundry started – all in one morning. Guess I better go get those pillows… Also, the level of clutter in our house is like this huge black cloud over my head…I might have to pick up that book.

It’s not bad — a few too many anecdotes that are hard to skip in the audiobook format, but all in all, it’s been inspiring.
Now if I could just get my wife to read it… maybe I’ll sneak it under her pillow so she learns by osmosis!


Polly August 12, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Holy crap, I’ve never cleaned my pillows, dry or wet. Ever. Though the other morning, my daughter peed on one of them. So now I figure I have to. I am totally going to check out your links, though. I figure I can do at least that much while still remaining seated.

No kidding, huh? What about your refrigerator coils? Nice, huh — one more thing to feel bad about. –Dd.


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