Housewives of today are a busy lot. Running a household, looking into the needs of the children and most of all their education is taking a heavy toll on the energy of a housewife. However, every detail has to be looked into by the housewife. It is indeed no easy task. The following are some chores which cannot be overlooked by a housewife.
CREATING A “NEW” WARDROBE
This does not mean, throwing out all your clothes and getting a new set. It means that you empty the contents of your wardrobe and arrange your clothes a new. This you may have done even a month before, but what you should do is remove the clothes to a place where there is sunlight and let them dry out in the sun for a while. It is here that you sort out the clothes you do not wear and put them aside to be given away to a person who could wear them and make use of them. Divide your wardrobe into 4 sections – for clothes you wear often, clothes you wear not too often, clothes you wear for occasions and for lingerie. If you come across old towels cut them in the 3 or four squares and store them for use in the kitchen and for cleaning furniture etc. You will see at the end of this, how much more space you will have in your wardrobe.
REPLACING/CHANGING YOUR SPICE BOTTLES
It is best that you change your spice bottles, whether they be plastic or tin bottles at least once a year. You could also wash the plastic bottles and dry them thoroughly in the strong sunlight and then refill them with fresh spices. It is best that you have the bottles in a uniform size, as it makes your pantry/kitchen look pretty.
REPLACE SPICES/SPICE POWDERS EVERY MONTH
A common occurrence among housewives is that when spice powders are purchased, the new pack is opened and put into the bottle over the existing spice powder, which is about 2 weeks old. It is best to fill the bottles with fresh spice powders. A good example is that you will tend to see the spice powder in the bottle hardening after some time. This is the result of putting fresh spice powder over the old spice powder. Always buy your spices from groceries where goods move fast.
CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE AND LET IT DRY FOR ABOUT 2 DAYS
It is indeed a difficult to task to have your fridge switched off for two days! However, it is for the best in the long term. Use a good detergent like Lysol and clean out your freezer and fridge. Especially the freezer as you will find dried up blood from meat or fish, which is a center for bacteria to multiply. Leave the fridge to dry for about two days. Do not close the doors of the fridge, as you need to let fresh air circulate within.
KEEP A CLEAN, NEAT AND TIDY GARDEN
Cut off all overgrown trees and shrubs, as they are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and even reptiles, who can sit snuggly within them. If there is space in the garden dig up new flower beds. At the end of the day, you will see how neat and tidy your garden is. You could then sit out in the night and watch your handy work as the moon spreads its glow on your garden!
KIDS’ BOOK SHELVES
It is a very common sight to see a kid’s book shelve laden with books of previous grades. Your kids would not mind them being there, but they would also like to have a neat book shelf, something I guess you could not ask them to do! Mothers should sift through the bookshelf and look for old text books and books that have been used and finished up to the last page. Pack these into card board boxes and given them away to children who could make use of them. Arrange the bookshelf in readiness for a new term and check on the neatness of it once a week. Prompt your child to keep the bookshelf neat the tidy and may be reward him or her for its neatness.