Do you "spring clean"?
I've never really understood that term. I suppose I understand that maybe cleaning the windows and screens in spring is a good idea. But what else do you clean in spring that isn't cleaned the rest of the year?
It's not like I leave the dusting and vacuuming until spring. That's what I have a teenager for. Duh. If he misses a week of dusting, I start writing messages in it for him.
And obviously the toilets and sinks need to be freshened a little more often than springtime. I've also been known to close the lid on my son's toilet, place the cleaner, toilet brush and disinfecting wipes on top and walk away, knowing full well that he heads for the bathroom the minute he walks in the door from school. (His toilet habits are another post altogether - why can't he poop in the mornings??)
Sure, the stove should be pulled out and all the food drippings that get down that crack between it and the counter top and run down the side should be scrubbed away. But if I see that it needs to be done in November, do I just say, "No, that's a spring cleaning project. It'll have to wait until April,"? Of course not.
The coils under the refrigerator need a good vacuuming, but hey, they needed to be cleaned in August, too.
The tracks of the sliding glass door are completely disgusting. Dirt and dog hair mixed with rain that has been wet and dried 234 times.
Martha Stewart says this, "There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean." Really Martha? I'd like to think I get a little more satisfaction from watching my daffodils or my magnolia tree bloom. Or the days get longer. Or the start of baseball season. Those bring me satisfaction.
What DOES she smoke, anyway? My husband would like to get me some.
She has a printable checklist for spring cleaning.
Here's just a few of Martha's suggestions:
Wipe my walls and ceilings. But first, vacuum them to remove dust. Are you freaking kidding me? WIPE my ceilings? If my ceilings get a quick brush of a broom to remove a cobweb, my world is good.
When was the last time you took your upholstered cushions outside and beat them, by hand says the queen of all things home related, to remove dust?
Or resealed your tile grout lines? When was the last time you did that? Because Martha says you should do that every spring, too. Ahem.
I must not forget to swap my heavy drapes, throws and rugs for the lighter weight ones for spring and summer. What? I'm supposed to have two sets? And where, pray tell, would I store the extras if I had them?
I'm not really totally disgusting, but I would have to say that cleaning is not one of my preferred activities. I like neat and clean, and in general things are. But don't go looking too closely at the cracks, mmm-kay? And if you come for a visit, feel free to grab a cushion and head outside for a nice spring beating.
Addendum: The writing of this post made me clean those sliding glass door tracks. Just sayin'.