Homemaking Meme

Sallie at A Gracious Home made up a Homemaking meme that looks like fun.

Aprons – Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?
No — I just don’t usually bother. But that is one reason I love wearing denim jumpers — hardly anything shows!

Baking – Favorite thing to bake?

Clothesline – Y/N?
No, though a retractable one like Sallie mentioned would be good for line-dry items or those times the power is out. We had one in our first home. The South is a buggy place, and too often I would end up bringing little critters in, plus the clothes would be stiff, whereas the dryer made them soft and I usually wouldn’t need to iron them. Plus I like being able to wash and dry whenever and not have to plan around daylight or weather.

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Not totally from scratch. I made some once that were small and round without holes, and made some using canned biscuits. But I’ve never made yeast donuts.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day
The dishes, with occasional exceptions.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
No. There is no room for one anywhere in our house.

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
No. I don’t really want one — I was always afraid of one of us accidentally getting fingers caught in there.

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
The Internet. I have, though, just started Queen of the Castle: 52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker by Lynn Bowen Walker and it looks good. I’ve read The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton and looked at their web site, and I have gotten a lot out of Confessions of an Organized Homemaker by Deniece Schofield. But I like to glean what works for me from the books I read and not be tied down to one person’s “system.” For instance, Sandra Felton strongly recommends, almost insists on wearing shoes when you are housecleaning so that mentally you know you’re getting down to business and are not tempted to get distracted. Well, I’m sorry, I was raised barefoot and never got over it. 🙂 I rarely wear shoes unless I am going outside the house, and shoes have no bearing at all on how down-to-business I am when I clean.

Ironing – Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
I don’t mind it once I get started, but I hate to think about doing it. If I hang things up straight out of the dryer, there are only a handful of things that need ironing.

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
In what we call the “dry sink” in the kitchen.

Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme
The lower part of the wallpaper is pink and white stripes and the upper part is a white background with pink roses and some small blue flowers, and a border with pink roses and blue edging connects them. The floors are a just-off-whiet linoleum with blue and pink lines. The kitchen sink and counters are blue (but they clash with each other, which drives me buggy if I think about it). The cabinets are a natural wood color.

Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
This might sound redundant. but being able to be home.

Mop – Y/N?
I use one of those Swiffer wet things, but it needs a more thorough scrubbing right now.

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
I only wear knee-his and put them in a lingerie bag in the washer.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Have to open the door as our light doesn’t work.

Pizza – What do you put on yours?
Pepperoni and sausage.

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Check my e-mail or Bloglines or a couple of online forums.

Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like?
No. I made a scrapbook-type notebook for recipes.

Style of house – What style is your house?
Kind of a nondescript split level, about 35 years old, beige with brown trim. I’d love to change the colors, but that’s out of my hands. 🙂

Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
Only on special occasions.

Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
Sort of organized. It needs to be cleaned out. But I have a place for things and know where to find them.

Vacuum – How many times per week?
My kids do most of the vacuuming, and my desire would be to have it done once a week. But since they are only home on Saturdays and sometimes there are other things going on then, it’s more like every 2, sometimes 3 weeks. Our family room needs and gets it the most — that’s where everyone tracks in leaves or drops crumbs of food.

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
Never counted it up before, but it is at least 8-10. I’ll have to make a note of that this week! I try to keep it within two separate days, but sometimes it spills over into more than that.

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Only on my most busy days. Many days I do have something of a mental list.

Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
My husband and sons do most of that. I’d like to do something with the flower beds but can’t physically.

Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Most days it is cleaning up the kitchen, though occasionally most often Wed. nights after prayer meeting) will leave them til morning.

If you would like to participate or read others’ answers, go here.

10 thoughts on “Homemaking Meme

  1. What?!! A homemaking meme? Who knew! LOL

    The title of your handbook just completely cracks me up. I think I’ll leave that one OFF my books wish list. And I agree with you about the Swiffer. I have one. I use it. And every now and then I just make up a big bucket of water and Simple Green and get on my hands and knees and scrub the floor.

    Boy, this is a long meme! You did a great job with it.

  2. I like the idea of your scrapbook recipe book. I saw one done once with pictures of the person whose recipe it originally was. That would work great for family recipes and become a real keepsake. I have too many bits and pieces and clippings and such right now. I’d love to get mine organized!

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