Spring into Cleaning with Excitement!

Lots of places I read about spring cleaning. It can be a big guilt trip. Why?

  1. Long ago, when women did spring cleaning, they had time. Today, women have been robbed of their time.  The perceived need for each person on this earth to work for pay has led to no one doing the non-paying jobs like cleaning. Or if someone does clean, that someone is tired and only half cleans.
  2. Long ago, when women did spring cleaning, they had help. No, I don’t mean slaves or servants. I mean neighbors. Today, women have been robbed of their neighbors. Oh, we have plenty of houses all around us, but during the day, they all are empty. The perceived need for each person on this earth to be somewhere else has led to no one being at home. Women used to help each other in a frank and nurturing way. Now women play cut-throat office politics.
  3. Long ago, there was less stuff. If you only have one of each thing you need, it all gets easier. But we’ve been robbed of our contentment. The perceived need for each person on this earth to have more money has led to everyone spending more. Gotta buy something, right? So we load up on quasi-Mediterranean, do-nothing props from Mercenary-Mart to fill our ranch-style mantels to overflowing.
  4. Long ago, houses were smaller. Actually, the smaller house is enjoying a revival, right now, but that will only drive the prices up. How sad that many of the Palladian palaces are sitting empty. That’s one way to keep the dust levels down, but the truth is: we’ve been robbed of any kind of moderation or restraint. Vacuuming literally, for miles, can discourage.
  5. Long ago, women knew how to do spring cleaning. Today we are one generation removed from information about many how-to’s, but I think I can help.

Catch this blog tomorrow for a totally radical way to knock out the spring cleaning without actually doing spring cleaning. That’s right—you will love this plan for a totally clean house the easy way.

See ya’ tomorrow.

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

5 thoughts on “Spring into Cleaning with Excitement!

  1. I have to add: Cut-throat mommy playground politics, too.

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. We’re down-sizing and cleaning up/out for our move. So 1-5 have particular meaning in our corner of the world. And who does the majority of packing/cleaning? Mom.

    1. I have heard of mommy playground politics, but never experienced it. I am thankful!
      Yes, Mom does most of the packing, because only Mom cares where the stuff is, I think. Also, the large hands and the forceful lifestyle of a guy can lead to broken stuff. We all have our specialties. Guys can pack, but not very well. Gals can dig ditches, but not very well. Oh well!
      When we moved here, we used the large shop for storing things we did not need immediately, so we could just walk through the house and live without boxes while we unpacked. Trouble is: after five years, several boxes remain in the shop, full of things I could not possibly do without, but, obviously, do not need, at all.
      However, tomorrow’s post with deal with what is actually inside the house, only.
      One guilt trip at a time! 😉

    1. Hey, Jackie!
      I am glad, too! Organizing is okay by me, but BEING organized is so wonderful. Helps so much. It is so grand, in my opinion, to go where the thing belongs and find it actually is there!
      I see you aim at postaday2011. I can’t believe I took that challenge, since it interferes so much with my real life, but–I think I am getting into the swing of it.
      At least my blogsite is somewhat organized, hee hee.
      So, visit again! It’s always something going on, here.

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