This is a really messy time of the year. It seems to snow every other day. Not always a lot but just enough that everyone’s shoes are wet and dirty. We all track in snow and salt and god-knows-what. I am a fairly good maintainer of this house but I don’t love washing or even wiping up floors. That ten second rule should be a two second rule here.
Anyway to counteract all the wet tracks I put a few throw rugs down to catch most of the drips and drops and clumps of snow. Everyone stomps their shoes before they come through the door then, if I’m lucky, they step on the rugs and remove their shoes.
The other day while I was putting some of the rugs down I got a flashback to my grandmother’s house. The image in my mind was newspaper instead of rugs. Lots of newspaper. My grandmother was a Hausfrau. She kept her house as neat as a pin. She cooked, she baked. She dusted, vacuumed. Laundry was done with a wringer washer and her dryer was a line in the backyard, or if it was winter, hung in the basement. In spring, rugs went out on the washline for a beating and curtains were washed and stretched on those frames with the pins around the edges.
And she washed her floors regularly. I don’t remember being there when she actually washed them but I suspect she was on her hands and knees with a brush. She probably would frown at me and my Swiffer Wetjet. No one was allowed in the kitchen till the floor was dry and once it was dry she took the daily newspaper and opened up the sheets and spread them over the floor. The paper pretty much stayed there until the next time the floor was washed, a week?
I have no remembrance of what the linoleum actually looked like, it was a newsprint pattern as far as I am concerned. If you were lucky the funnies were right side up and you could kneel down and read them. But no color, just black and white dailies. For my simulation I laid out newspaper all over my floor and it was a pain to layout and even more of a pain to pick it all up. It also makes noise when you walk on it.
So in some mysterious way I am channeling my Gram when I toss down those rugs. I think I probably should get a few more, too much of my floor is showing. Once a month mopping is all I can take.