I fully believe if I were to survey 100 people, “do you enjoy dusting?” only 2% would tell me “yes”. Dusting takes work… you have to move stuff, spray stuff, wipe stuff, and then put stuff back. As a result I try not to have too much “stuff” in my house. The decreased dusting is an added perk to my mantra, “Don’t let stuff own you”.
However, we really do need some stuff (food, water, shelter, and soap!) and I would be lying if I said we didn’t have any other nik naks in our little home. There are several other conveniences I have come across that I feel I would have trouble living without.
Could I get by? Sure. But somethings really do make life easier. And since I think they are so GREAT it would be a shame not to share them with you!
…So things that make my life easier (in no particular order):
Biz- I learned about Biz from a friend. Chris’s clothes have manure on them (some days lots of manure), and it is HARD to get off (imagine commercialized grass stains). I had been using Borax, which I still use on whites, but when Biz came into my world it was a new day. This stuff is a lifesaver then it comes to FILTHY laundry!
Bon Ami- It cleans the sink, it cleans the tub, it cleans the pots and pans. And it is cheap. They knew what they were doing in 1890.
Udder Bibs– So back to manure (it’s frequently encountered in our home) these bibs keep Chris’s clothes pretty clean when he works cattle. And they are breathable, washable, come in lots of colors (green is our favorite…the color of manure) :), and hold up to most any challenge.
A heated mattress pad- This secret I learned from my mom. In the cold of winter who wants to get into a cold bed? Turn it on and your bed is nice and toasty. Even better…dual controlled. Chris can has his on high all night and I don’t have to sweat to death.
Bogs- I got my Bogs in college, walking around campus in the winter my mother thought I needed boots. What served as rain and snow boots on campus have transitioned to winter and cattle working boots and they perform equally great everywhere. They have handles, are insulated, keep snow, manure, and mud off my socks, and come in creative designs. What else do you need?
So yes, some stuff you have to dust (like my collection of paperweights) but other stuff is a ray of sunshine on a stormy day! And as long as you remember stuff isn’t more important than relationships, experiences, and life you should enjoy the little things (a clean sink, a warm bed, and manure free clothing) that make life a little easier!
Until next time,