Coming Clean

by Courtney Sirotin on April 21, 2012

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There’s something I need to confess.

Up until last week we had someone come clean our house every two weeks.

I’m embarrassed about this for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that with the help of a cleaning person my house really should have been cleaner. Also embarrassing is the fact that I don’t work and still can’t keep my toilets clean by myself. Oh, I could give you lots of reasons why this is but I don’t suppose any of them matter because all around the world women are working full time, raising multiple kids and somehow (somehow!?) keeping up with their housework. I bow down to you women. And I hate you.

(Family and friends excluded.)

I’m spilling the beans because things are changing around here. Jason and I have been living too large, consuming too much and wasting, wasting, wasting. We’ve decided to make some major lifestyle changes. We want to reduce our spending, downsize our possessions and just make our lives simpler all around. It’s time to grow up.

So, from now on I have to…eck…clean my house all by myself again. I can no longer ignore the little sticky drips of juice on the kitchen floor because I know the cleaning person is coming this week. Those drips are my responsibility again. Sigh.

No, wait! Erase that sigh! I need to keep reminding myself that this is ALL GOOD! I know deep down that we are making positive changes and I really am motivated to DO. THIS.

I am trying to set myself up for success so today I organized all the cleaning products under the kitchen sink. (Little by little I am going to get all my cabinets in order too.)

This is what it looked like before I started:

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I donned the necessary attire…

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and emptied everything out:

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For the past year or so I’ve been very interested in using less chemicals and have been fading them out of my life. I use all “green” hygiene products and eat organically but since I haven’t been the person doing the deep cleaning I’ve just ignored all the chemicals under the sink. I was briefly torn today between not wanting to waste cleaning products and not wanting to inhale the chemicals. I decided it was better to toss them out as our health is more important than a few bucks. I consulted the internet and ended up taking a few spray bottles and making my own cleaners out of things like vinegar and baking soda.

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As time goes on I hope to modify and perfect my solutions and if I do I will share them with you. Another long term goal I have is to create a cabinet of cleaning supplies that wouldn’t be toxic if Dylan somehow got into them. Anyway, this is how it looks now, after cleaning:

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It’s a work in progress. I hope to fade out more of those cleaners as I figure out ways to replace them.


In doing my internet research I discovered that Earth Day is this Sunday. I’d like to say I created this post to be Earth Day relevant but its purely coincidental. However, since it is timely, I’ll share another “green” thing we are trying around here.

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Basically, we are trying to create a paperless kitchen by replacing paper towels and napkins with cloths. I cut up old t-shirts to play the roll of paper towels and we are going to use cloth napkins while we eat. All dirty cloths will go in this plastic bin that I will wash separately when needed.

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I’m glad we will be making less waste but even more glad that we won’t have to buy paper towels any more!

Lastly, since I was on a roll, I also mended one of Dylan’s favorite books today (all this took place during one, long, glorious nap!):

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I think its best I end things right here, with the declaration that “I’m a Donkey” fresh in your minds (we all know what’s being implied). I wouldn’t want you to think I’m getting all fancy or anything.

There you have it! My *dirty* secret.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

JASON SIROTIN April 21, 2012 at 2:57 am

You are amazing. I love you. Thanks for making such an effort!


COURTNEY April 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I love that you wrote that at 2:57 am.


DONNA CUSHING April 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I agree with a lot if what you said. Except for the paper towels. They are so useful. All things in moderation. That is my motto….


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