Reasons to Clean
by Terri Bonin
Well, today is the LAST DAY of our Spring/ Summer Cleaning Frenzy! THANK GOODNESS! I mean, it feels GREAT to have a de-cluttered, sparkly clean home to free us up for the rest of the summer! Well, this family has worked hard together, and the progress was invigorating. However, I’m thankful it’s not called, Spring/Summer Purge and Wipe Until You Die Cleaning.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a sparkly clean house, but if that were this family’s main goal every day, NOTHING else would EVER be accomplished around here. Sometimes a girl’s just gotta let a room WAIT, and it’s OK. The world will still go around if a thing or two might be out of place.
Here’s my sad, true, embarrassing as usual example…
Propped up in my bed last night, deep in thought typing away on my computer an adorable daughter broke into my concentration, “Mom, I need some cute earrings to go with this jacket. Do you have any?”
“Yes! Actually, I do! And I know right where they are.”
Pointing to the floor by the door I said, “One of them is by the door, and the other is under my bed.”
Thinking nothing of it, my daughter retrieved the one earring by the door and then hunched on all fours to look for a sparkly silver dangle earring under my bed.
“Found them! Thanks, Mom!” She put the earrings in her ears, tilted her head to show me her finished look, and then we both laughed as she walked out of the room shaking her head like, You’re so weird, Mom.
You see, it’s a normal event in our house to find important items in weird places. (Not important like a diamond ring or a Ghirardelli chocolate bar, but you get my drift, important like useful or needed.)
After all that cleaning we have FEWER needed things laying around in weird places, but weird still resides around here as items scoot into strange places. Sometimes it’s just easier to make a mental note about the location of an item than it is to bend down, pick it up and take it to the right place.
Whatever the reason bending down is such a problem for me, you can see that I am truly thankful our deep cleaning is over, at least until next year!
What about you? Have you completed your Spring/Summer deep cleaning this year?