I never learned one important aspect of being a wife: effectively cleaning. Thankfully my husband knows how, and even more thankfully, he is patient with me as I learn this skill.
He thinks (and probably you do too) that cleaning is simple. Here’s his method: you pick something up, you put it where it belongs. Most of the time, it belongs in the trash, all of it. Continue doing this until the pile is gone.
Here’s my method. Pick something up. Thumb through it before trashing it to make sure that there isn’t anything in it valuable (either as a memento or like a recipe, free offer, or coupon). Find scissors to cut out the memento, recipe, free offer, or coupon. Scissors are by the computer. Check email real quick. Check friend’s blog. Check online banking. Remember that I was cleaning up that pile on the kitchen table. Go back to pile, pick up same item. Remember what it was I wanted to save. Cut it out, file it, and throw the rest away. Pick up second item. Repeat. Result: a pile of coupons, a pile of mementos, a pile of free offers, and a trash pile. Must organize resulting piles, which multiplied from the first pile. I tell you, these piles are asexual reproducers; you only need one pile to spawn two, three, or more piles!
*sigh* I’ll get there some day!!