This kind of thorough cleaning caused me to question how well I perform my weekly housekeeping tasks; not good it seems as indicated by the dust, cobwebs and other unlikely debris found in the corners and crevices and the amount of clutter found in closets and cupboards.
My housekeeping influences came from polar opposites. My mother detested cleaning and her house showed it. My father came from a family that held cleanliness far above godliness, which is saying a lot for his staunch German Catholic ancestors. Growing up, I lived most of the year in my mother’s dust-covered clutter but spent summers with my father’s two matronly aunts, who never allowed a single dust particle to accumulate. My father, a seasoned alcoholic, still managed to maintain a spotless dwelling after he and my mother divorced. I often wonder if living with her haphazard cleaning style drove him to drink. My own housekeeping skills fall somewhere in the center. I can handle a bit of dust and some clutter, but find myself becoming grumpy when the dust and clutter become noticeable.
Housekeeping aside, it amazes me how much apparently useless “stuff” one accumulates in a short span of time.
Minutes into cleaning and sorting, I decided that people other than myself might need most of that stuff that I accumulated, so I began applying price tags (exceedingly cheap price tags) to a number of items before placing each in a box to hold for our community’s annual town-wide yard sale, which takes place in July. Now, my home is free of dust, smells better and I have cleaner, neater closets and cupboards. However, I also have boxes of stuff filling up half of the space in my office.
It sort of reminds me of my asparagus bed, which I planned to replant but never quite got around to. Instead, I allowed a few dill plants to go to seed last fall, which resulted in a bed filled with lush dill seedlings. Now, that is what I call good clutter.
I love the smell of Dill while it is growing, but adding it fresh to food, like in the potato salad below, is even better. For tips on using fresh dill weed and seeds go to: http://homecooking.about.com/od/herbsspices1/a/dilltips.htm.
Dilled Potato Salad
2 Large Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into ½” cubes
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons plain Greek Yogurt
¼ Teaspoon salt or to taste
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed
1. Steam potato cubes until tender, 8-10 minutes.
2. Place cooked potato cubes in a bowl and set aside to cool to lukewarm
3. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, salt and dill weed together and pour over warm potatoes.
4. Toss gently to coat, cover and allow to cool at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Note: You can add a small amount of chopped celery and/or onion if you desire, but I like the simple taste of the dill with the potato. You may use low or no-fat mayonnaise and/or yogurt if you wish.