Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Cleaning 101

Wikipedia:  Spring cleaning is the period in spring time set aside for cleaning a house, normally applied in climates with a cold winter.  The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name.

Yesterday, I woke up with more than my fair share of energy, and the sun was shining at it was going to hit 70 degrees.  So my first thought was to tackle No. 1 on my spring cleaning list.  The kitchen floor.  My mother taught me that a good thorough cleaning means to get down on your hands and knees and even take a toothbrush to get into those small crevices and grout.  So the photo below pretty much sums up what I did for 2 hours straight.  Except that I have really bad knees and so once I was down on the floor I would "scoot" around on my backside ... this alone would probably win me a spot on America's Funniest Videos.

I can blame my mother for this need to "white glove" my kitchen floor, as she LOVED to keep a spotless house. I think is how most wives in the 1950's approached housecleaning. The photo below really could have been my mother, as she was ALWAYS in a sleeveless dress and high heels ... even when cleaning.  Too much Stepford Wives for me, so you will NEVER find me in heels cleaning. Add to that the fact that I don't even OWN a pair of heels.  I was a child of the 1960's so barefeet and bell bottom jeans were more my thing.  ... just this little glimpse into my past probably gives you cause to question why you follow my blog (ROFL). But I'm glad you do. 

No. 2 on my spring cleaning list?  Windows and doors.  And my mother's formula for clean windows?  A spray bottle of water mixed with vinegar and newspaper (paper towels leave residue).  But the temps have fallen back into the 30's and 40's and rain is in the forecast, so this task will have to wait a few weeks until I can open up the windows and let the house air out properly.


June Houck said...

I'm a white glove girl myself, but I never tackle the outside of our windows...I am really bad that way. We are having kooky weather too. 56 yesterday, 82 today, 56 tomorrow...

Sandy O said...

Oh My, I can't imagine cleaning in heals (I don't own any either, I actually wear my nicest sneakers with dresses, lol) We have not reached ove 50 yet. After a serious illness last fall including a 7 cm absess inside my spine, there was no fall cleaning (or much of cleaning since then since I am still in PT) This is the first year I am actually looking forward to spring cleaning, lol I only hope when the weather gets warmer I will be able to (I almost lost use of my legs and body fucntions, KWIM, so I am glad that I can walk and will eventually be able to clean and straighten out the gardens that were not winterized) I won't be kneeling on the floors though, lol. A mop dies good enough for me, since we have 3 dogs that will mess it up on no time anyway. It will be nice to have clean windows though so the sun can actually shine through :o) Well, I am rambling now, lol

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Darlene S. said...

Clean in heels!? Seriously, people actually do/did that!? No way that would work for me, although I'm sure the hubby would get a kick out of it. Haha.

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