By Caitlin Kelly
OK, I admit it….
I don’t carry the burdens/pleasures of: 1) a huge house; 2) children; 3) pets; 4) slobby, gross room-mates.
I do have: 1) a small apartment; 2) a very tidy husband; 3) a work-at-home job.
So cleaning our home is much simpler and easier for me than those of you with dogs and cats that shed fur and/or with multiple children dropping/breaking/smushing things into your walls, furniture and flooring.
When you’re home the majority of the time (instead of fleeing to a tidy, clean office or other place of work), you tend to notice every dust bunny and mirror smudge. All of which is great for procrastination! Ooooh, time to polish the silver…
But I actually enjoy housework and usually do 15-30 minutes of it every day so I don’t end up feeling overwhelmed on weekends. My husband (who enjoys it!) does all the laundry and I do (which I enjoy) all the ironing.
Because my husband loses two hours every day commuting to his job, I’m OK doing most of the housework.
And, after we invested some very hard-earned money into two recent renovations, (our only bathroom and our galley kitchen), I also feel a much deeper pride of ownership and enjoyment than when we had a nasty old chipped Formica counter and a yucky and unreliable wall oven from the 1960s.
Why, you wonder, could I possibly enjoy housework?
— It’s our home. I like it to be clean, tidy, polished, welcoming. By nurturing our environment, I nurture myself and my husband
— If you own a few good things (and it’s great when you can afford to invest in one or two), take care of them! That means dusting, polishing, waxing
— It is a way to break up my day, get off the damn computer and get a bit of physical exercise
— It helps me take inventory of what is soon to break and needs repair or replacement
— I really notice what’s working well and what is not (i.e. use of closets and storage space) and move things around so they do
— I appreciate my objects and items more when they look their best and I know I am not damaging them through carelessness or neglect (yes, coasters!)
— It helps me see what a lovely home all our hard work and creativity have given us. Your home is not just a place to gobble some food in front of the computer or television, to crash and burn. It’s where we recharge mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Here, from my favorite design blog, Apartment Therapy, some tips on how to clean your home better/more easily.
Do you enjoy it?
Or is it overwhelming and endless drudgery?