Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fall Cleaning


It's time to move on in our quest to organize our home for fall.

1) How are your recipes? Are they organized or scattered? Do you have a system for keeping recipes that aren't in cookbooks? Most people today like to keep them on their computers. However, if you, like me, don't care to lug your laptop to the kitchen or don't have a computer in your kitchen already, you might want to come up with another system. We discussed some ways to keep recipes and meal plans earlier in the course, but it's probably time to check again to make sure that things haven't gotten out of order.

2) How's your coat closet? Is it ready for fall wear? Do you have a boot or shoe mat for rainy days? Do you need one?

3) How's your car? Do you need to clean out junk? Is the interior clean? How about the exterior? A warm fall day is a great time to wash your car yourself. Do you need to add a trash sack to your car? How about an organizer for stuff that you usually carry? In what condition is the glove compartment? While you're at it, what about car maintenance? If your husband normally does the car maintenance, is there anything you need to ask him or tell him about how your car has been running?

My father in law was in the hospital over the holiday weekend suffering greatly from an infection he caught while in the hospital earlier for surgery. I've learned a lot about hospital-related infections, which have generally become strong and resistant to both antibiotics and cleaners. Be sure when visiting someone in the hospital to sanitize your hands -- both for the patient's sake and your own. Be aware that sinks, water fountains, and other moist places can harbor some of these hospital infections. There's no need to be freaked out about that, but do clean your hands as is appropriate and follow other precautions for avoiding disease.

In a time of illness, it's so nice to have a hand-sewing, knitting, or crocheting project to take along with you. My mother-in-law crocheted some cute hats to donate to chemo patients while she was sitting with my father-in-law. Sometimes, illnesses involve long periods of waiting, and it's helpful to have something for your hands to do.

Happy Home Keeping!
Elizabeth

1 comment:

TheFiveDays said...

I hope your father in law is well soon!