1. Don't dust until the dark wood end table looks grey on top. This will take about 2 days.
2. Sweep only when you feel lots of crunchies under your feet. This will also take about 2 days.
3. Limit steam-cleaning carpets to 3-4 times a year. Even after cleaning, they will look pretty much the same after a week.
4. Expect the dogs to get loose and run though the fields, then merrily come back into the house and trample the carpets with black mud from the creek about 2 days after steam cleaning the carpets.
5. Two tips for #4: 1.Wait until the mud dries, then sweep up. 2. Do not panic when all the dog footprints still faintly remain; they will blend in with the general condition of the carpet in a week.
6. With no air conditioning, leave the still-broken back sliding door open for air.
7. Keep a screen-less kitchen window on the opposite of the house also open; this way the flies that come into the house have a way to fly through and not get stuck inside.
8. Note: when sweeping, be sure to dust off all windowsills and counters of the dead flies; some of those critters are not so smart, and with 50 degree temperature swings each day and night, they often croak.
9. Juggle the front windows open for cool air, and closed because of all the dust from the road out front.
10. When the dogs come in from a run and proudly place a dead gopher on the carpet in the living room, do not scream. Tell them 'good dog' and quickly place in the garbage. This happens often.