Hello – it’s April! Do you know what that means? Spring cleaning!
I know, the Spring Cleaning is a ritual that is pretty out of date and I don’t know of many people who engage in this utterly satisfying practice, but this year I’m going to hit it to the hilt. I hope.
If you don’t participate in this yearly ritual, think again. Murphy’s Oil Soap is a lovely fragrance to have hanging around your house and gets rid of all of those sticky wooden surfaces. Hand rails, cupboards – they totally need a cleaning!
I have a plan this year, but it’s anyone’s guess if I complete it. I started with my beloved East Wing room. It’s not really a “wing,” but I’ve named all of the rooms in my house that that’s what “my” room is called. I tackled the closet of the East Wing and this is what I’ve emptied out so far…
That’s not even all of it! The closet is your standard-sized closet, plus a little extra but nothing like a walk,in and this is what came out of it. Ack!
Those file folders on the ride side of the photo? Business records. I spent over two hours going through those, getting rid of at least six years of paper. Some of it went into the recycle bin, the majority of it went into a container saved to burn. That’s right, burn. And for anyone reading who cares, the burning materials are staple free. Yes, head of the family cottage, there will be no staples in the burning barrel! (You’re welcome, Dad.)
A few hours later everything was sorted and consolidated and organized and put back into the closet, or sent out for disposal. It doesn’t take a huge amount of time to attack a spring cleaning project, and the reward is so fabulous. You’ll feel like a hero. You’ll feel like a super-hero. You’ll feel like, dare I say, a god(dess)!
There are several more spring cleaning projects in store at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters. I realize my house cleaning practices aren’t very interesting to anyone other than me, but my pride necessitates a post to encourage domestic goddesses everywhere. Clean up that wood work! Vacuum that furniture! Launder those window draperies! Put on that first t-shirt of the year (in Minnesota at least), open the windows and let the fresh air in while you scrub away the dirt and grime of the previous year.
Oh sure, it’s all going to get dirty again because, well, you live in your house. You fry food, you burn fires in the fireplace, you touch stuff. That’s no reason to ignore the most satisfying cleaning experience of your life.
And plus, don’t forget to polish those windows, inside and out. You won’t regret it.
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