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Old 06-29-2014, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I can't tell you how proud I am to be the author of the 100th post on this thread!

Just think: 100 posts about dust under a bed!
I think that's pretty neat myself.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Why not just close off "under the bed" yourself ?
Build a plywood rectangle that fits under the bed frame on the floor, smaller than your bed frame so you won't bang your feet against it. Paint it the same color as your frame.

One trip to Home Depot with your measurements and they can cut the plywood right there for you.
And it can be the light plywood because it's not really holding up anything.
Creative idea. However, I think that with the bed being the final superheavy piece in the house, I'd like a lightweight replacement of some kind. I'm thinking of either a Murphy bed, which is pricey, or a futon bed with thick innerspring mattress that easily converts to a couch. This particular bedroom was originally a den, so when we go to show the house the room will look much bigger without the Q-size bed. I'm off to a furniture store this aft.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:32 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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For 'dusting' the floor, a regular size paper towel with a light spritz of Endust or even just water, does a fine job.
A spray bottle of whatever squirted on a dirtier floor and any old rags, as mentioned above, or old towels
cut to fit, reduces the need to give the kitchen/bathroom floor a good wash to seldom.
Grouted floors, especially light colors, are still a stand-up job with a Shop Vac.
Also, some true Dollar stores carry a decent enough substitute to the Swiffer cloths.
Amen!
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Before anyone rolls their eyes, I’m aware this isn’t an earthshaking problem and there’s many more serious ones in life, but this does have to do with a mobility problem that’s not going to get any better so….I would appreciate suggestions on this one thing and also invite talk about other household challenges in regard to aging bones, and how you solved them (or didn’t). I know many of you have housekeepers.
Out of necessity it works for us. Ours is a jewel and will do painting, light repairing, curtain and blind hanging, gardening, etc. She was a great find a year ago when our abilities were significantly diminished requiring assistance. But she doesn't do pets - we have three rescue cats - and she doesn't mess with electricity. Thankfully, I still can do both.

Quite some time ago I "safetied" (I know, not a word) both bathrooms and recently added some more accommodations to my wife's. We also rearranged kitchen cupboards to make things more accessible. I provided a stepstool to help my wife in and out of bed and bought her a Cadillac of a four-wheel stroller which has really helped her. There are a myriad of things that can be done for not a lot of money although what I refer to as her SUV or stroller was a bit expensive. Add canes for both of us (pretty ones for her) and we're fairly good to go. You do what you have to.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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What is a Swiffer?
What is a steam mop?
Is this thread intended for women only?

As can be imagined, I hate housework and I OD on it very quickly. Only reason to do it: company is coming!
Nope - this thread isn't for women only. I think guys do housework too (at least my husband does - and my housekeeper's husband helped her as well before his cancer Dx). FWIW - I've used things similar to Swiffers - but won't have a Swiffer mop in my house because you have to buy its special cleaning products to use the contraption (and I don't want to use those products). And I generally just buy whatever stuff my housekeepers like to use (my housekeepers in Miami liked string mops - but they don't seem to be popular where I live now).

FWIW - I get a feeling that a lot of people here who are talking about things like lots of dust and similar have pets and/or hard floors and/or keep their windows open a lot. We don't have/do any of that stuff for the most part. Also - our house is designed for minimum maintenance. We have carpet everywhere except in rooms with water (kitchen/bathrooms/laundry room). When we replaced the carpet last year - we put in some pretty zippy high end carpet tiles. Goes with our decor (kind of "modern verging on industrial"). Not only is that floor covering super low maintenance - but - if we have an accident - we can just rip up a tile and replace it. I'm in the process of picking a replacement kitchen floor now - and want something that's similarly easy to maintain.

I think that a lot about home maintenance is organization. Which starts with product selection. But extends to other things. I actually own the bible of "housekeeping":

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House: Cheryl Mendelson: 9780743272865: Amazon.com: Books

Note that Ms. Mendelson went to Harvard Law School - like I did. So I take a lot of what she says pretty seriously. You can't be a lawyer and keep a nice house unless you're organized.

Is your house dirty most of the time (except when company's coming)? Robyn
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I don't buy the swiffer cleaning clothes unless I find a really good sale. Flannel or old t shirts pick up lint and dust and pet hair just fine, and terry cloth makes a good wet mop. They attach easily to the swiffer apparatus. I like the thing because its light weight and stays clean.

I say "swiffer" the same way I say "kleenex". There are other brands that work on the same principle.
We don't wind up with many old flannel things here in Florida <LOL> - but I still turn old t shirts and polos into great rags. I also bought a 50 or so pack of "bar mop" things from Costco a few years ago for about 10 bucks. They wash up nicely - but are cheap enough to toss too. Robyn
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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If you happen to like the look (which I do), interior shutters are even easier to clean than blinds or miniblinds. Just wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. I have white ones similar to these but they are also made in a faux wood finish.
Blind Alley - Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters Portfolio

I am absolutely not a fan of fabric window treatments of any kind. Not really crazy about cellular shades either, because you can't get them 100% clean like any kind of a wipe-able material. I do have blackout cellulars in my bedroom but the other windows have the interior shutters, except for the kitchen sink window which has a roller shade due to having cabinets on both sides which would prevent shutters from opening "flat" out to the sides.

Thanks for the info on the steam mop, by the way!

Last time I moved, I invested in a new mattress because the one I had was 14 years old and my back was just not happy with it anymore. What I have now is made by Pure Latex Bliss (it is NOT one of those memory foam things, which is a different material altogether) and this is a material that does not harbor dust mites. It's a heavy mattress and does not require turning. Because of the mattress weight, moving the bed is definitely out of the question; so I have an excuse, LOL.

FAQ (the page addy says warranty but it is really the FAQ page and it also has good information about the hypoallergenic properties)

Pure talalay latex mattresses aren't sold in most stores so I was lucky to find a retailer near me so that I could check it out in person first.

ETA: newenglandgirl, the same company also makes pillows (I have one) which have the same natural non-mites properties without having to use one of those special pillow covers which I've always found annoying. The latex is very breathable. Also there are no pressure points with the pillows either. By the way, there is no rubber smell or odor in case anyone was wondering (I was, because I'm a bloodhound ;-) that smells everything and anything; if there was any kind of smell I'd notice it, lol)
We still have decidedly "retro" vertical blinds because - unlike horizontal blinds - they don't collect dust (we have drapes in the MBR - because sunlight wakes me up). Every few years - our home handyman takes them down - hoses them down in the driveway - rehangs them - and they look good as new.

I'm with you on the latex mattresses (they're really comfy!). We still have an old one in our guest room. But - when we managed to find a new one for our MBR about 10 years back - the company that made it was a stinker. And the mattress was too. The chain mattress company we bought it from took it for a 100% credit against another bed set (those companies are notoriously bad about refunds/credits - which tells you how bad this thing was ).

Note that pillows are so cheap at Costco these days you can afford to toss them once a year. Don't have to worry about cleaning or washing them. Robyn
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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The problem with the swiffer and the regular mop is I still have to get down on hands and knees and maneuver the danged thing this way and that in the far reaches under the bed (because of the space configuration, I can only access under the bed from one side). The handles on anything are never long enough and so I reach my arm (shoulder along with it) way forward and even more, trying to get the spots that are actually unreachable. I've tried tying an additional handle to the mop handle but there's no control. Then I pull the mop out and dust is floating in the air into my lungs. Back to the vacuum, down on hands and knees, etc.
Sounds like you have hard floors in your bedroom. Why? Aren't they cold in the winter? Hard on your feet and back too. Robyn

P.S. I'd put down carpet about 20 years before I'd consider a Murphy bed.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Why not just close off "under the bed" yourself ?
Build a plywood rectangle that fits under the bed frame on the floor, smaller than your bed frame so you won't bang your feet against it. Paint it the same color as your frame.

One trip to Home Depot with your measurements and they can cut the plywood right there for you.
And it can be the light plywood because it's not really holding up anything.
When it looked more fashionable (in the 70's and 80's) - we had platform beds in our MBR. Custom upholstered wood frames and headboards. Not particularly fashionable now - and not inexpensive to have built either. A painted platform would remind me of my college days. Robyn
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I can't tell you how proud I am to be the author of the 100th post on this thread!

Just think: 100 posts about dust under a bed!

Who says retirees don't lead exciting and vibrant lives?!
Doing anything well is an accomplishment - even housekeeping. I didn't learn how to cook until I retired - or deal with a house/garden either (because I never had a house before I retired).

You've said you maintain a place in Las Vegas so you can pick up a poker game when you want to. I've never commented on your personal decision - or criticized it (I think it's totally your business). Even though some members of my family (my late grandfather - my late uncle - etc.) were compulsive gamblers whose addictions caused their families a lot of grief (my late grandfather during the Depression when my late grandmother had to hide "food money" so there would be food on the table - my late uncle who moved from one coast to the other and drove his family on bald tires so he could play poker - etc.).

There are a lot worse things in life than cooking delicious meals - and maintaining a clean tidy home. So do you cook - or clean? Do you have a housekeeper for your condos? Robyn
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