Top Ten Things I {Pretty Much} Never Clean


Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

Starting today, I’ll be posting a Top Ten list each Tuesday. My reason is two-fold: partially because I’ll be linking up with this Top Ten Tuesday linky party, but mostly because I really love top ten lists. As a teen I looked forward to Friday nights on Letterman so I could watch his top ten lists. Half of which I barely understood, but they were delivered in such ridiculous style, I couldn’t help but laugh.

With that introduction, I bring you the:


10. The dishwasher. Also, the washer. Anything responsible for cleaning something else I figure should come out clean in the end.

9. Air vents or ducts or other miscellaneous holes in floor/ceiling/wall. Yes, I know there are pencils, fruit snacks, and even random socks hiding in that thing. Doesn’t mean I’m about to rip it out and clean it. Though looking at the picture is kind of making me itch…

8. Baseboards. Or floorboards, or chair rails. Seriously. I’ve got better things to do. Like Pinterest.

7. Our shutters. This one is particularly sad because my husband actually made the shutters (he works here), and so I should be all proud and keep them in tip-top shape. But grubby little hands like to open the shutters and shut the shutters and they get dusty and I don’t even own a duster. Which leads me to…

6. Dusting. I may occasionally wipe down nick-knacks or shelves with a damp paper towel. I never dust the top of my fridge, the top of bookshelves, or pretty much anything else that will remain unseen until I move.

5. Walls. Until I get in a panic because I’m about to have company then I send in an army of little people with Lysol wipes. It’s actually one of their favorite chores, so you’d think I’d have them do it more often. It’s hard to notice the grime you live with every day!

4. The windows. Nope, uh-uh. Though I’d happily put this on a list for “things kids can do when they owe me big time.” Otherwise… I’d probably rather do laundry. No, that’s not true. BUT it’s probably more important for me to do laundry than clean my windows. I’ve got to have priorities somewhere.

I’m starting to realize this list is basically pointing out the fact that I purposely avoid deep cleaning pretty much anything until company comes over.

3. Our dining chairs. I’m the least OCD person on the planet, so I let my young children feed themselves. Consequently our chairs end up kind of gross. Again, this is something that generally waits until I’m about to have a lot of company over.

2. Under my bed. Unless… actually. I think I’ve done that once, and I may have been pre-birth nesting, so I’m not sure that counts. We’ll put this firmly on the ‘never’ list.

And the number one place I pretty much never clean is…

1. Behind the stove. Ew, ew, ew. Between the greasy dust and the random kitchen utensil or spice that falls down there, this is not a place I want to ever even see much less clean under or around. Ooh, let’s add “in the oven” to this list. Seriously. I forget that’s even a thing more often than not. Also, I need to mention that I cleaned the top of the stove for this picture. (And move the dirty pots and pans, of course.) I did not do the grates. I will probably never clean the grates.

Now if you’ll excuse me… I may have unintentionally inspired myself to go do a little cleaning!

What do you pretty much never clean?

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7 Responses to Top Ten Things I {Pretty Much} Never Clean

  1. Lynn says:

    I’m with you. Having a kid with asthma does intensify my guilt about this (but not enough to call me to action). I had all of those ducts cleaned this year (by someone else). Where else don’t I clean? Baseboards. Food cupboards. Microwave… And I’m generally very deficient in bathroom cleaning, although I do when necessary.

    • Haha, I’m definitely not big on bathroom cleaning, but at least I send the kids in there once in awhile! :D I did clean out my clean air return vent… it was awful, awful, awful!! But on the bright side, I won’t be shopping for pencils this back to school season: I found about 43! (Okay actually I threw them away. Ew.)

      • Helene says:

        Doubt it’s fake. The initial KTLA news show (google it. The vi1#&oe82d7;s out there) describes his “more than 5,900 word” manifesto. Check the word count on the one with the pro-liberal parts vs. the truncated version on other sites. Looks like the MSM is giving it the edited Zimmerman 911 tape treatment.

  2. I am so glad I am in good company. LOL

  3. Kara says:

    I can’t thank you enough for this blog and EVERYTHING included in it. Thank you for opening up and taking the time to share. You are truly an answer to my prayers. Thank you!!

  4. Sherri says:

    Except for 4,5,6 I am in complete agreeance with you. I do like to wash my walls. i believe it stems from moving so much when we were first married with young children and having to wash the walls before we left. I realized how grungy they can get. So now fairly regularly at least once a month I was walls in high traffic areas.

  5. Kaly says:

    Thank you for your site and everything in it! The preschool curriculum is fantastic, and even though my oldest son has only just turned 3, I know I will be using the A-Z Walk With Me to Zion for supplement in the coming years!

    Thank you for being real. It sounds like you are a very busy (NOT lazy) Mom who has priorities in the right place and not afraid to say what goes undone in the house and in life.

    Thank you.

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