Here's a dirty little secret: I don't own a mop and bucket. I never have and I never will.
You shouldn't own them, either, and Jamie Lee Curtis would back me up on that. The actress has been profiled in magazines and on television as a modern domestic diva, who has meticulous organizing routines that include a flat-frozen soup filing system.
She means business when it comes to running a household. She's all about:
On being organized, she also says: "If the external life is super-organized, but the internal life is a mess, then everything is completely out of balance, and your life just looks good." Her common sense on an organized life is the most refreshing, non-Martha, perspective I've heard yet.
In a nutshell: I want to be Jamie Lee Curtis.
So, her gravitas when it comes to an organized life is just one of the many reasons I was sold on her "no mops" floor-washing routine. I first saw Jamie Lee demonstrate her floor skating routine on the Nate Berkus Show several years ago, and I was smitten. Not only was she demonstrating a time-effective way of cleaning the floor, she made cleaning look ridiculously fun, too.
Here's how you do it:
*scrunge: a scrubby-like texture that grips grime, grease, and goo on your floors. No super soft cloths, svp.
Adding Jamie Lee's floor skating cleaning technique to your domestic arsenal is a simple tweak, that will make a load of difference to the way you feel about washing your floor. In fact, I'm having some friends over for lunch today and I am already looking forward to this part of the post-lunch cleanup. My floor skating playlist is queued up, and my white cloths and vinegar are at the ready.
And, if you need a little Jamie Lee inspiration to kick-start your adoration for her perspective on tackling domestic drudgery she has said:
"There's nothing but media telling us we're all supposed to be great cooks, have great style, be great in bed, be the best mothers, speak seven languages, and be able to understand derivatives. And we don't really have women we're modeling after, so we're all looking for how to do this."
If "how to do this" means cleaning my floor while saving time, staying active, and having fun, then count me among the trailblazers. Happy floor skating, fellow mop-haters!