It's time for another round of 5 After 5! In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 favorite household tasks and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.
Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.
And if you've posted your own 5 After 5 list on your blog, I've turned this series into a link party - so be sure to get your own 5 things added below (or leave your answers in today's comments if you're not a blogger). I loved reading everyone's comments from last week and I really can't wait to see what you share today!
List 5 of your least favorite household tasks
Last week I listed what I love, now it's time for those things I constantly put off...or, let's face it, just don't do.
1. Cleaning blinds
I already told you that I wouldn't shock you with my dirt-encrusted drapes because I don't have a single curtain in my house.
Bu-ut, I do have to cover all these windows with something, so that pretty much leaves blinds as the only option.
And blinds are way worse to clean than curtains.
There was a time when my OCD was way out of control and I would clean every single crack and crevice of the house. Every. Single. Week.
But then I realized that a crazy-clean house was totally overrated and my time was better spent on other things.
So now I live in a world with blinds that never get cleaned - except for some really huge event (like when G and I got married and had our reception here) - and even then, "cleaning them" consists of waving a feather duster up and down a couple of times and calling it a day.
2. Scrubbing the tub
That means I'm pretty much never going to be found taking a bath (unless I'm birthing a baby, then bring on the bubbles!), so I just flat-out don't scrub the tub.
G and Gv, however, are huge fans of a good soak, so unless G has somehow found time to grade all the papers, our tub remains in a constant state of gross, which, of course, can only be banished by the arm of a good, strong man...
You probably aren't surprised to see this one on the list (see this post and this one for proof).
One of the main reasons I'm in love with the minimalist style is because there's less stuff laying around to have to move to dust under.
So until my home looks like this, you can pretty much guarantee seeing a layer of dust over everything if you stop by for a visit.
4. Mopping the floor
If vacuuming is one of my favorite tasks, then mopping must be one of my least favorite - because mopping's the opposite of vacuuming, right?
The worst part is, there's not a scrap of carpet anywhere in this house - it's laminate and tile all the way.
At this point, I bet you're thinking that my floors are as disgusting as my tub and fireplace ledge, right?
But you're wrong.
Because I found something to clean my floors without once having to squeeze out a mop!
I'd tell you about it here, but that just seems silly, when I've written an entire post singing the praises of my favorite cleaning tool.
5. Cleaning out the gutters
Because wet leaves and wasps' nests are not my favorite things to blindly stick my bare hands into while perched precariously on the top no standing step of the ladder - and telling my rambunctious toddler that I am not interested in turning the whole experience into an amusement-park ride while she rocks the whole apparatus back and forth.
Oh, I know all about those things called gardening gloves, but I'm so used to my stretchy one-size-fits-all skating gloves, I can't stand having anything else on my hands that doesn't hug my obnoxiously long, skinny fingers like a glove. (You knew I couldn't resist that one!)
Now, despite my dislike of this task, I like having a roof without holes over my head even more, so at least twice a year, I suck it up and make the climb and clean those gutters out good.
For next week:
List 5 of your favorite art pieces
Looking at all that great art during our recent Latticed Learning fun had me exclaiming, "That's my favorite!" for just about every one.
But I'm thinking that surely I can narrow down my very favorites to a list of five...
What's your list? I'd love to hear! Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.