Now we come to my life today. Spring cleaning...I still do it, but in a very different way than back in the forties. The world has changed so much since then. Women are working and with families having two cars ( I sound like I was there before the invention of the wheel ) there are countless things for women to do.With all the modern conveniences that we have today....I can say that I think we might be wee bit spoiled :) One thing hasn't changed...houses do get dirty.
As soon as I see the weather changing a bit...maybe I'll see a robin or my old pal the crow...I get in the mood to clean. I do it one room at a time. Usually one room is all I can do in a day. I dust down the couple of cobwebs that might be in the corners and dust the tops of pictures on the walls. I dust the blinds and clean the windows. I use Murphy's Oil and clean the furniture. Once in a while I use lemon oil on the wooden pieces. We have carpet in our bedroom. I'm not crazy about that. There is nothing under our bed, since we bought a Roomba. Joe bought this gadget, when I was having pain in my back. You might wonder how well this gadget works...it's the best thing that we have bought. I use it twice a week and the whole house is cleaned with it. My baseboards have never been so dust free. I would highly recommend it. Our doors are oak and they get polished too. We have two bedrooms and an office...they all get cleaned...one day at a time. I shut the door when each room is done.
The living room and dining room are used so much and do get almost daily tidying. We have lace valances at the windows which get laundered while the windows are washed. We have valances and blinds in all the windows in our house. We have, what we call, a loft area up high that we can't reach and climbing on a ladder at our age is a no no. We had some decorating done this fall and the gal that was painting said, "I'll do it for you" when she heard about our predicament. So, all of the bric a brac is dusted way up there. The ceiling fans are cleaned and ready for constant use this summer.Lamps and lampshades are dusted. I use a paint brush to dust the shades...outdoors. The glass hurricane shades are washed in ammonia water, the afghans and throws are washed and replaced with ones for warmer weather. Some of the things on tables are put away, making for a more simple look for the coming season. New cushions appear at this time of year. There are no stacks of books around now, with my new bookcase. I keep the bookcases tidy weekly...putting books into categories for easy finding.Joe's bookcases are another story...
PS...Oops, I forgot the bathrooms. We have 2 1/2 baths. My least favorite rooms to clean. I used to get my daughter to clean the bathrooms when I had teenagers, because I didn't like the job. She still resents me for this :) and mentions it often :) Oh, how to get behind the toilet in a very small bathroom? You should see me doing this. You'll just have to take my word for it...they are clean.
Oh, gosh are there any readers still reading? I just reread this post and thought how boring. I'm not going to delete it, however, it took so long to write. Balisha