Monday, November 22, 2004

Mary Anning clears the way for housework

Mary Anning (not the late great fossil hunter) writes about how a birthday gift from a friend turned into having to do a load of housework to get things out of the way for house cleaners (the gift) to be able to clean.

Recently, someone advised me that cleaners won't do any work that requires getting down on hands and knees. In order to get such jobs done, it seems you have to provide the right tools for each job.

In the case of a non-carpeted piece of flooring the size of a doormat, I'd have to supply a sponge mop on a stick with a bucket. I haven't worked out how skirting boards get washed.

Personally, I think the sign of someone who doesn't know how to clean, is one that refuses to see things from the eye level of a cat. It's amazing what you notice when you get that close up to corners, skirting and door edges especially in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. Get down on your hands and knees and take a look - you'll be surprised.


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