- Polishing furniture
- Laundering curtains, drapes, bedspreads
- Bleaching grout
- Shampoo carpets
Nothing compares to a job well done–the satisfaction of sparkly tile and a well ordered linen closet…the sweet perfume of bleach, Pine-Sol, and vinegar.
And it’s great exercise, too.
I don’t understand why housecleaning is the victim of such visceral loathing. I’ve always found it to be a source of –well, not quite mindless activity– but rather a Zen-like state.
I’ve come up with some of my best ideas while vacuuming.
It’s ‘cos of my mom. When I was growing up, she made chores fun— not drudgery to be avoided. Whether it was washing the crystal in the china cabinet or ironing scarves and handkerchiefs, we always had a great time. A time to joke and chat, working on a project together.
“Good morning, Rosebud, guess what we’re going to do today?”
“What, mommy. what?”
“We’re going to take ALL the books out of the bookcase, wash the shelves, and dust the books! Do you think we should put them back by size, or subject, or alphabetically? Doesn’t that sound like fun?”
“Oh, mommy, that sounds like so much fun!
If a job has to be done, why not enjoy doing it?
I think that’s a wonderful gift for a mother to bestow upon her child.
Even my tugboat man enjoys the virtues of a clean garage and he’s a great window washer, so it’s not a gender thing.
Do you have a favorite song list for cleaning?
MY BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES