A Rainy Day Equals a Clean House

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I like living in a clean house.  I just don’t enjoy cleaning enough to make it happen on a regular basis.  But today several things conspired against me (or is it with me) to push me over the edge and finish cleaning.

A cold, quiet rain has fallen all day.  I can see the rain swelling the buds on the trees, but it does nothing to entice me outdoors.  I am also staring down the end of spring break tomorrow.  I know I will enjoy the last eight weeks of school much more if I can live in a house that at least starts out clean.

With the help of my husband and daughter, I began–digging out from under the piles of hats, gloves, coats, and boots that accumulated on the nearest surfaces through this winter’s weather; sorting through stacks of bills, letters, magazines, and newspapers delivered courtesy of the USPS;  putting away the detritus of completed and abandoned projects for furniture repair, picture framing, and sewing.  Now that I could find the furniture, I wiped away the layers of dust to discover that there was still wood under there.

Then all that was left was the floors.  A quick sweep of the broom gathered the dust and grime from behind doors and in the corners where Roomba can’t reach.  Neither Roomba nor the broom are any good at scrubbing the sticky spots off the floor, so it was time to get out my secret weapon:

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Yep, I fell for the marketing gimmicks for the fuzzy-soled shoes, and I actually like them.  I put them on and spray the cleaner on a section of floor.  Then I’m off skating across the hardwoods (in my mind it’s an ice rink).  When I hit a stubborn sticky spot, I just stick my toe down and spin.  Voila!  The spot’s gone, and by the time I’m done, I’ve gotten in a workout.

Now I can enjoy my clean house for the rest of the evening.  I have dreams that I will be able to deal with the mess as it comes in the next few weeks, but I suspect the stuff that comes with living will overwhelm us once again.

14 Comments on A Rainy Day Equals a Clean House

  1. chrisleish
    March 30, 2014 at 1:17 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations! Just starting spring break and I scrubbed the bath today, but couldn’t bring myself to get on my hands and knees to clean the floor- that’s tomorrow.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 30, 2014 at 7:06 am (7 years ago)

      No need to get down on your hands and knees with some fuzzy slippers! Enjoy your break.

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  2. Julieanne
    March 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Love this line: “putting away the detritus of completed and abandoned projects” and the fuzzy slippers.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 30, 2014 at 7:06 am (7 years ago)

      It’s amazing how the stuff from projects piles up.

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  3. Catherine @readingtothecore
    March 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m so jealous! My house has been neglected all month! I’m actually looking forward to having time to clean it when I’m on vacation in a couple of weeks. Enjoy!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 30, 2014 at 7:05 am (7 years ago)

      It took being on spring break to happen. I hope it lasts for the next 8 weeks!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (7 years ago)

      The fuzzy slippers are the best!

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  4. Loralee Druart
    March 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Great secret weapon! :0)

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (7 years ago)

      It is a great secret weapon! It sure beats the old fashioned mop with a handle.

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  5. rissa
    March 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm (7 years ago)

    I just love:
    That your hubby and daughter helped!
    That you found your furniture buried under winter’s remains.
    That you worked out while you cleaned!
    Your SECRET WEAPON!!!

    Gonna have to get a pair!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm (7 years ago)

      And it feels so good to sit in a clean house tonight.

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  6. Meg Ouellette
    March 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm (7 years ago)

    I love, love,love the fuzzy soled shoes. Not only do they clean you get exercise, I think I have to get some of my own. Great un.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      March 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm (7 years ago)

      If I have to clean, at least I can have fun with it!

      Reply

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