Making the Most of Homemaking Tips Shared by Older Titus 2 Women Part 2 Tags: leaning cleaning Homemaking Homemaking Titus 2 women

This is the second article about homemaking tips I've learned from older women. You'll find the first here.  Teach what is good

This is a cleaning tip I learned way before I was a Christian and even knew that the older ladies should be teaching the younger ladies. I'm grateful I had the good sense to listen and learn. I will share more of her tips with you in future articles.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,  and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV

I was new to property management.

I probably couldn't have known less about the upkeep of a rental building and yet, here I was supposed to be telling the employees how and when do to their jobs.

It's a good thing the Lord had an older woman in place to teach me all I needed to know. Many of her tips I still use today and this is one of my favorite.

It's really a short cut, since you do two jobs at once.

We all have kitchen cabinets that are covered in dirty finger prints.

When we spy the offending spot we grab a cloth and wipe it off, but that doesn't really improve the overall appearance of dirty cupboards.

So...

After cleaning out my drawers and stepping back to look at my work, I realized my cupboards needed help.

  • I went to my garage storage, since this wasn't something I used regularly, and got my squeeze bottle and baggie with a rubber glove and an old piece of diaper.
  • My youngest is 25 so you know this is a piece of a really old diaper.
  • I put on the rubber glove, picked up the diaper, shook the bottle before pouring a little on the diaper.
  • Then I wipe it all over the outside of my cupboard door, being careful to get the top edge and under the handle.
  • I step back and wow! Now that was something to look at. It made the richness of the wood stand out beautifully.

The cabinet on the left is not wiped with my magic solution, while the one on the right is. **

I suppose you want to know what's in my squeeze bottle - huh?

  • The first ingredient is Scotts Liquid Gold
  • This is a product that cleans and polishes your cabinets.
  • Now I could have stopped there, but this is what the older woman taught me.
  • The second ingredient in my bottle is Old English Polish.
  • Old English comes in colors that will match the color of your cupboards.
  • Now you're supposed to go around with it and dab it on scratches and places where the wood shows through.
  • But, mixing them together in one bottle allows you to do both in one easy application.

I'll throw in another helpful hint. Drawer liners. Aren't they a mess. The ones that aren't supposed to get all scrunched up always do and they can't really be cleaned or wiped off well. You'll love my solution!

  • I purchased an entire roll of vinyl wallpaper at a garage sale for $5.
  • My wonderful husband cut it for all my drawers and cupboards.
  • It wipes off quickly and easily
  • Vinyl wallpaper lays flat without shifting around
  • It will last forever! (Which means I'll never have to do it again, at least not in this house.

And then...

I fell in love with mesh drawer organizers.

  • If someone drops something into a drawer - no more removing everything to clean it.
  • Simply pick up the organizer and wipe off the wallpaper under neath and it's clean again - unless something in the bin got dirty, then you'll need to was that too.

** This solution stains your hands or clothes permanently. That's why I use a rubber glove. You will want to be careful for a day or so to not rub up against your cabinet while all this good stuff soaks into the dried out wood of your cupboards. It works equally well on closet doors and entry doors too.

 

 

 

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Make the Most of Homemakeing and Tips shared by Older Titus 2 Women (Part 1) Tags: cleaning Titus 2 women Homemaking

Make the Most of Homemakeing and Tips shared by Older Titus 2 Women (Part 1)

I grew up in the era of Leave it to Beaver.

  • June Cleaver was always in a dress, with a cute apron.
  • She did her housework in shoes with heels and we thought nothing about it.
  • Not that we did our housework like that, but most women and young girls did wear dresses, especially if they were going to have guests, or be seen in public.

This struck me today as I continue to look for work I can do in about 15 minutes. I’m still dealing with a sinus infection and it has really restricted my stamina, so I’ve arranged my work schedule for breaks every 15 – 20 minutes. I’m not getting as much done as usual, but I am getting things done.

I laughed at myself last week when I finished my part of the housework on Thursday. Friday is our usual cleaning day, so I had to start over the next day. However I did feel a sense of accomplishment for completing my share.

I digress… I’ve been cleaning out drawers and cupboards since that’s a job that can be easily divided into several small tasks. I can also leave it for several days if I need to.

I realized that I have about every machine made to seal packages for freezing or storing and I had decided to give them all to Treasure Chest, our local thrift store.

  • Why would I give them all away? Because I don’t use them!
  • Did I quit buying in bulk and repackaging? Certainly not!
  • All the new methods were frustrating.
  • They all seemed to unseal after just a short time, and freezer burn was always the result.
  • Or if I was sealing something that I would open and use part of, I had to take out a machine to reseal it.
  • But…after trying every new method, I’ve gone back to freezer paper and masking tape.

Freezer paper and masking tape? You might question my sanity to do something so old fashioned, but it works. I grew up with subsistence farming before is was faddish. It  was just a way of making life work.

I decided to check out how freezer paper kept things. We had venison in the freezer from a year ago, so I checked it and it was still in good shape – no freezer burn.

So, I pulled out all the gadgets I had for sealing packages and boxed them up for the thrift store

sealing machines

sealing machines

And replaced them with freezer paper and masking tape and a permanent marker.

  • Both are available at most grocery stores or Walmart.
  • They are relatively inexpensive.
  • They take up a lot less space than any of the machines I got rid of.

I did keep my stash of zipper bags but I don’t use them so much for freezing. I use sandwich ones for lunches and quart ones and snack sized ones for leftovers since they take up less space than a container when you just have a little something leftover.

If you had told me when I was still living on the farm that I would revert to the old ways I would have laughed – until I recently made this switch.

Please share with me how you package your freezer items. Does it work for you? Are you happy with it?

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,  and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV

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