Kind of OT-why some products no longer work well.
I'm organizing a closet so I can put a toilet in in for a couple for weeks while I do some bathroom repairs.
I have several items in the closet which I might as well toss. I can't figure this out.
When my oldest was a little guy, we lived in a townhouse with all hardwood floors. I could just start at the top of the stairs with my dustmop and grab up everything and out the door it went.
When we remodeled this house, I didn't want carpet. I had this dream that I would just take a dustmop and move everything down and out. Well, on laminate, it just isn't happening. The good old dustmop just shoves it around and doesn't work nearly as well as the swiffer cloths. I've found that microfiber cloths are working well and I don't have to throw stuff away.
Not only do we sound like a herd of elephants, the stuff that use to hide in my carpet is so darn obvious that floor care is now a daily chore instead of weekly.
Is it the laminate vs hardwood? Dustmops made differently? I'm now on my third vacuum and two swiffers trying to keep up with this place, not even counting a mop for the kitchen and bathrooms.
With that thought, a friend and I were discussing housework. Oh, joy. She was frustrated because she felt like if her great grandmother could keep up without all of the modern conviences we have, why couldn't she?
I believe that with every advance in household tools, the expectations keep rising. We have great vacuums and mops that now need to be stored somewhere. My grandmother kept her broom on the back step.
I know my great grandmother had to boil the clothing, but her kids went to school barefooted and wore clothing for a week. Look at the increase in laundry we have now because we are expected to be clean at all times?
A yard was a sign of wealth 100 years ago and now it consumes hours of our week during the summer.
I'm not willing to go back to outhouses, woodburning cooks stoves and making lye soap, but I have to wonder if some of our organizational issues are not only related to the availabilty of excessive stuff, but also not enough time for generations to teach the skills in dealing with all we do and have.