The day before yesterday was a pleasant February surprise. The temperature was an all time high and he wind was whistling. Wanting to enjoy as much of this as possible I opened all the windows and shades to let in the sun and fresh air. It felt great!
Then, I sat down to browse lazily through a magazine and noticed that the wind had blown the dust bunnies out from under the furniture and they were scampering across the floor. Looking a little closer around the room it was not possible to ignore the sun highlighting the dust on the coffee table and the windows themselves had little luster. As long as I remained closed in behind drawn curtains and closed windows and doors the light from a few lamps revealed little that needed the attention of a dust cloth or vacuum cleaner, but with the sun lighting up every corner the mess accumulated there can’t be ignored.
So, it seems a little housekeeping just had to be done. I am not, however, a really big dummy so I first closed the windows and drew the curtains. The place was looking better already. A quick flick over all furniture tops with a Swiffer and a session with the vacuum cleaner made a big difference. Just for good measure I damp moped the floors and scrubbed the bathrooms. I think this will last until spring really gets here when those damn windows will have to be dealt with.
This is not how I was raised to clean house. Both my mom and mother-in-law would not have approved at what they would call half measures. Dusting for instance involved removing every item on each piece of furniture followed by liberal amounts of lemon oil on a cloth rubbed over the entire surface, legs and sides included, then each item carefully wiped with a clean cloth and replaced EXACTLY where they were to begin with. The floors would be vacuumed, then mopped and finally wiped dry. Windows would never get really dirty since they would be cleaned early in the spring, several times through out the summer and again late in the autumn. I recall being told that only common trash pulled the curtains over a dirty window. Personally, I am happy to sit my butt down among a little dust to play with the dog or just relax.