The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, January 27, 2020

To All the Mops I've Loved Before

To be completely honest, my husband and I have battled over mops throughout the years. He doesn't mop, but he thinks he know which mops are the best. He'll see one, buy it, and then mumble when I complain about it and refuse to use it.

Do I love to mop? Certainly not. However, I don't love having a mop and wringer-bucket contraption that's large enough and sturdy enough to store in a school's custodian's closet either. And we had one of those for a while. It was heavy and yellow and lots of fun to haul up the basement steps.

There is a mop I love. It's kind of fun to wring out, and it's lightweight. Joni Mitchell wrote, "You don't know what you got 'til it's gone" but I didn't miss Big Yellow when I got rid of him. CS & N sang, "Love the one you're with," and as much as you can love a mop, I love the one we have.

Are you curious? Do you wonder what cleaning instrument pleases me? Maybe not. But maybe you're curious about how I reflected on writing, when thinking of housecleaning.

If you are, check out my post at The Muffin.


  1. I have a swifter mop, but I don't like ANY mop. I do like your article because it validates what many of us think and KNOW.

  2. I have a Swiffer, which was last used by The Pony, while I spent six hours preparing Christmas dinner. I think he got the better end of the deal.

  3. Ugh. Mopping. That's all I want to say about that.

  4. Hi Sioux! Surprise! I know you haven't seen me here in quite a long time. In addition to reading this blog post, I read your post on The Muffin,too. Your choice of mop reminded me of the movie about Joy Mangano's Miracle Mop. I only saw bits and pieces of the was on TV, and I couldn't believe how her family treated her about her invention. They didn't believe in her at all. But the rest is history, as they say. When I DO mop, I still use a sponge mop from Dollar Tree. I want a Swiffer SO bad, but just haven't spent the money on one yet. Oh, and I agree on everything you wrote on The Muffin.

  5. Linda--I imagine you don't have the time to mop, since you're too busy racking up the publishing credits. ;)

    Val--I know that feeling. You spend hours and hours fixing the food, the family inhales it in minutes, and then spends too long (when you only have one bathroom) "recycling" the meal.

    Cathy--Most of the time, I consider housework a four letter word.

    Becky--We have a Swiffer, an O Cedar and an 81-pound golden retriever. I NEVER use the Swiffer. I DO use the O Cedar.

    That's my recommendation...

  6. I loved your post, Sioux! The truth that never seems to change, no matter how many centuries go by. Brings to mind the old rhyme - "A man may work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done."


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