Whenever I mention to someone that I’m planning my spring cleaning, working on my spring cleaning, or just say the words spring spring cleaning, I’m always met with the same response, “You still do that?”
Yes, I do. In fact, I do it again before Christmas and call it fall cleaning, and today I’m going to tell you why.
First, I should tell you that for most of my life I have been a pretty obsessive house cleaner. Soon I will share with you about my weekly cleaning routine, but for now let’s leave it at that I don’t like a messy house. Some people can tolerate disarray and clutter, and I am not one of those people. Piles make me twitchy. Dusty surfaces make me twitchier. I can’t function in my own space if it’s not neat and tidy. That doesn’t mean that I cannot come to your space and visit in whatever level of order makes you comfortable, because I can. I just cannot tolerate it in my own space. We are all wired different, and this is one of my quirks.
Having said all of that, I live in an old house – like almost 170 years old – with a dog and two cats. My house is also on a very busy corner, and due to the fact that when it was built, there were mostly only horse and buggies to contend with, it’s very close to both of those roads.
As a result of this, my non-airtight old house leaks in dirt, dust, pollen, and whatever else happens to be swirling through the air. In the winter, that air pollution loses the pollen but gains the smoke of wood fires and the dust created by using my heating system. Come spring, my house is ready for a good top to bottom clean.
When I say top to bottom, I mean it in two regards: I clean from the top of the house to the bottom, and from the top of each room to the bottom. Everything gets washed: doors, woodwork, windows, window blinds, walls, furniture, nick-knacks, curtains, bedding, you name it. Everything gets moved and the wood floors get washed and the few rugs get vacuumed in places that heavy furniture doesn’t allow them to get vacuumed other times of year.
There are a few jobs that only get done once a year, and I either do them in the spring or fall, depending.
Before I start cleaning an area, I make sure that I have enough time to complete my task, all of my supplies at the ready, and music to listen to. Because I have sensitivities to chemicals and fragrances, I use mostly organic cleaners. The one thing I have yet to switch over is my wood cleaner, but for days after I am done cleaning a room, I can smell the scent of that cleaner lingering. I have plans to convert as soon as my supply has dwindled, and I am curious to see if it will make a difference. Really though, cleaners are a personal choice, and I say use whatever works for you. So long as it keeps you motivated to do the task at hand, it’s not a problem.
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