ok, last night's living room window washing went well. I didn't set a timer, because I thought it would take longer than 15 minutes, but it didn't, it really didn't. Here's what I did:
I got a nice heavy terry cleaning rag, a bottle of windex and the step ladder, and moved the stereo equip/tv. etc. from in front of the windows.
first I spritzed and sprayed the woodwork and sills and cleaned those
then I wiped the window casings down---this was only as far as I was plannig to go, I didn't think I'd have time to actually wash the glass.
next I turned the rag over (so the dirt I just cleaned wouldn't get spread to the window glass) and washed the inside glass for the each of the three window.
I then cleaned up my supplies, moved the furniture back in front of the window and I was done.
I know this is boring, "who cares?" right? But bear with me.
Here are my minor revelations while doing this 15 minute window wash
1. I asked myself why I didn't set the timer, and I realized it's because if I do, I'm committed to staying on task. When I don't set a timer, I can get off base really easily and end up dusting the tv when what I really wanted to do was move it to clean the windows. When we set 15 min. limits we really have to focus on what we want to accomplish to get it done.
2. I originally intended only to wash the sills, woodwork and casings because I thought doing the glass (both inside and out) would take lots of hot water, rags, etc. and at least an hour. The outsides of my windows still need to be cleaned, but they look so much better (because the streaks that were bugging me were actually on the inside--who knew) after washing only one side! And I just used a single rag and basic window cleaner!
This morning I cleaned out my 'purse' (canvas bag really) as soon as I got the reminder--I did my wallet too! It's so tidy and organized now, I feel great!
all the best to you fellow flutterers,
#1 edd 12/04/02