Confession: I think housecleaning is a waste of time.
I have several friends and family members who really enjoy it, and I cannot tell you how much I admire them. I wish I could get inside their minds for just a bit and see what they’re thinking about while they do it. There’s a trick there I haven’t learned.
But in the meantime, obviously it must be done. I have three strategies for dealing with it:
- Work fast.
- Get the kids involved. At seven and five, they can do a surprising amount.
- Wear something cute.
Last week I sewed an apron so I’d have something I liked to wear for cleaning. The best part is the ladybug on the front.
I think you could use him for many different crafts—school projects, name tags, magnets, and more. I made him of scraps I pulled out of my sewing cupboards.
To make a ladybug, you will need:
- Red felt
- White rickrack
- Black non-fray fabric
- Black thread and white thread
- Black buttons
- Antennae—I embroidered mine onto the apron, but you could use black pipe cleaners, braid, ribbon, or whatever you’d like. Knots at the end would replace the curlicues.
Sew accessories onto an oval of red felt, assembling as shown. You are smart enough to figure this out without me giving you ten steps, but if you have questions, feel free to ask.
I attached mine to my apron with Velcro, so I can remove him before washing.
Now I have an ethical dilemma: do I have to save the apron just for cleaning?? Blech. Looks like I finally caught the cleaning bug.
Do you like cleaning? Tell me why. Or how you distract yourself while doing it…