Thursday, November 8, 2012

Photo A Day - Something You Do Everyday

When I was growing up we had hardwood floors throughout the house, upstairs and down. I can remember my mom going through once a day running a big dust mop over the floors but I never really thought about it until now.

The last three houses I've lived in were almost entirely carpeted. Even some of the bathrooms. So the only rooms I had to sweep were the kitchen, the entry way and the bathroom.

My current home however has no carpets whatsoever. None. Oh sure we tossed down a couple area rugs but tile and wood laminate floors stretch wall to wall here. Something that I fell in love with when we first looked at the house. No more carpets I thought gleefully. No more juice or pet stains just easy breezy sweep and mop and nice and clean.

Oh how naive I was back then.

Maybe it wouldn't matter as much if I lived anywhere else.  But no, here in Florida - the Sand is Everywhere State - you can't escape from the sand, especially if you live along the coast. So everyday, sometimes twice a day, I am sweeping. Sweeping. Sweeping.

Sand, cat hair, dog hair, my hair, dog and cat food (because holy moly are the pets messy eaters), dirt, and dust.

It never gets put away because I am always using it which makes the broom the most used tool I own.

This accumulation is from 8 o'clock last night to 8 o'clock this morning. And only from about half of the dining room.

Eww. Right? I want a new broom. This one is dirty.

It never. ever. ends.

I do not remember big piles of sand or dirt in the house growing up which means I am certain that the reason my mom made me take naps was not because I was tired, but because her endless battle against dirt and dust wore her out.


  1. Man if the housekeeping police came to my house I'd be in trouble.

    1. I am very, very thankful that housekeeping police do not exist. I think a lot of us would have issues if they showed up!

  2. Damn... I always dreamed of getting rid of my carpet and acquiring some wood floors. Now, I know I will never survive the ordeal with 3 dogs.

    Dream = crushed.



    1. Don't get me wrong - it's doable. And it is totally fun watching the dog and cats trying to run on tile and wood floors because they have no traction whatsoever and it's always a Scooby Doo moment when they do.

  3. How about vacuuming? I know it's not rug, but don't they make vacuums that work on non-carpeted floors? It might save time? Maybe?

    1. I've tried but the exhaust (is that what it is called?) from the vacuum seems to just blow the dust and pet hair around rather than sucking it up.